Saturday, March 22, 2008

Great Article in Fast Company about Google & Innovation

Below are some of my favorite quotes from the article, I particularly like the focus upon prototyping and iteration:

There are two different types of programmers. Some like to code for months or even years, and hope they will have built the perfect product. That's castle building . . . Others prefer to have something working at the end of the day, something to refine and improve the next day. That's what we do.

Matt Glotzbach
Product Management Director For Google Enterprise

"What do you normally do when you start a new job? You waste time filling out
paperwork. My first morning at Google, I put my name and address on one form
online, and it went everywhere it needed to go electronically. That's how this
place works."

Marissa Mayer
VP Of Search Products And User Experience

"After September 11, one of our researchers, Krishna Bharat, would go to 10 or 15 news sites each day looking for information about the case. And he thought, Why don't I write a program to do this? So Krishna, who's an expert in artificial intelligence, used a Web crawler to cluster articles. He later emailed it around the company. My office mate and I got it, and we were like, 'This isn't just a cool little tool for Krishna. We could add more sources and build this into a great product.'

That's how Google News came about. Krishna did not intend to build a product, but he accidentally gave us the idea for one.

There is a whole lot more interesting info in the article. It is worth the read, check it out:

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