The Anti Meeting Culture

Wasteful meetings. We’ve all been there. We are all still there. Meetings are at once the object of our ire and the very rhythm of our business. How can something be so derided and yet so important? There are books, articles and blogs about better meetings but all any of them serve up is the same exercise in pointing out…

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The Growing Queue at the IT Morgue

“Wired” – a name better suited for a Starbuck’s employee newsletter than a magazine about technology – declared “the web is dead.” The irony of a magazine unable to foresee Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or cellular killing off the medium on which it now publishes seems too compelling to ignore. Sure enough, since that nearly two year…

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Microsoft vs. Google: Part 1 Grassroots Innovation

This is the first in a series of posts comparing aspects of the culture of Microsoft and Google from the viewpoint of the author who spent time at both. Today’s topic is their approaches to grassroots innovation.  Anyone who has worked at both companies can’t help but to compare their culture, review models, working habits and…

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Now you see it, in 20 years you won’t

“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” – T. S. Eliot   Google’s Marissa Mayer gave a Flintstonian glimpse at what search might look like in 20 years including “predicting what restaurant you might like in a new city” and “connecting you with strangers based…

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Why I hate search

The word ‘search’ is a negative word. It fairly reeks of loss and effort. You lose your car keys and you search for them. Your pet runs away and you search for her. Having to search implies loss. It implies effort. Search is a means to an end. You search to rescue; you seek to…

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Why I joined Microsoft

I suppose that pointing out that the Google to Microsoft transition is not particularly rare won’t suffice as an explanation so what follows is a more long winded account. For those uninterested in the finer points, here’s the short version: I think much of what is happening in the mobile and web space is broken…

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Why I left Google

Ok, I relent. Everyone wants to know why I left and answering individually isn’t scaling so here it is, laid out in its long form. Read a little (I get to the punch line in the 3rd paragraph) or read it all. But a warning in advance: there is no drama here, no tell-all, no…

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