Yahoo buys while Google and open source build

Yahoo buys while Google and open source build

Summary: It's the speed of getting ideas to market that separates Google from the pack. You can't buy that. You can only build it by empowering innovators.

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Hadoop project logoYahoo is very excited. They believe that harnessing the open source Hadoop project will let them catch up with Google.

While Hadoop may cut the margin Google gained from its innovation of using parallel processing to cut computing costs, the catch-up claims are being overdone.

The reason is that Google will keep innovating. Its genius does not lie in any particular technology, but in its focus and its fostering an environment where innovators can market-test their ideas quickly.

Yahoo logoYahoo's model, for better or worse, has always been to buy technology real estate, acquiring whatever the press was pushing as the "next big thing" before anyone knew whether it was big or not.

Geocities. Yoyodyne. Broadcast.com. All were much better deals for the sellers than Yahoo, which bought them in the 1990s. No wonder Yahoo itself seems to be in the acquisition crosshairs, this time of Microsoft.

It's the speed of getting ideas to market that separates Google from the pack. You can't buy that. You can only build it by empowering innovators. Sometimes it takes time for such innovation to be monetized. See YouTube.

Open source empowers innovators organically. Everyone is free to work on what interests them, and the Internet gets these ideas to the world as fast as they're created.

After watching Yahoo for 10 years I'm convinced they'll never learn.

Topics: Open Source, Google, Social Enterprise

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  • Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I dont care if yahoo comes up or not but the point you made about google getting things faster is the perfect statement abt google....... thats why i like google and open source.......u get things done faster.........
    rajeev.bhatta@...
    • Hmmm - Not as great as you make it out

      I wouldn't scream open source too much. Open source philosophy also implies a healthy ecosystem where different entities compete.

      In Search you have Google, just like on the desktop you have windows. A defacto monopoly.

      Do we really want everything to tie back to google-this, google-that? I sure don't.
      croberts
      • Is there competition in search?

        Actually there is a lot of competition remaining in search. Not just from Yahoo. Ask.com is making a big comeback. Microsoft is still in the league. And Dogpile features a bunch of search engines, some of them open source.

        If you don't like the Google, you don't need the Google.
        DanaBlankenhorn
  • Ditto to all, except...

    Is Y!'s eyes enuff for M$ $?

    Sure, M$ has enuff $, but as you just pointed out, Y! has been screwing up with acquisitions all along; what else do they have besides eyes?

    Although I do love chess...
    BillyG_n_SC