Monday, January 12, 2009


Google Scales Back Further

The genius idea of 20% of staff's time being spent on private side projects has been scaled back (Google talk for scrapped perhaps):

In addition to bonus cuts this year, Google has scaled back on the 20-percent-time projects Googlers enjoyed as a break from official duties to innovate in some peripheral area. These projects paid off sometimes—Gmail, for example—but Marissa Mayer once noted that these side products had an 80 percent fail rate.

Maybe corporate Google is unaware of how much people prefer to use Google because of their creative genius. Services like Gmail might not make much money, but they keep Google in my life just that little bit more.

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