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So do you want to be part of an org chart, or a an ant hill?

Robert Scoble compares Google to ant hill.

I thought about using a metaphor of a battle ship, like what worked with Gates, but, see, Google is more like an ant farm.

Google is more like an ant hill. One powered by 20% time which is how the ants find out where the food is. Heck, enough of Google’s ants have left to join Facebook, Twitter, and friendfeed, that it should be clear by now there’s some new tasty food bits that they aren’t yet munching on. Heck, friendfeed should be a major embarrassment to Google since that 14-person team has at least five Google superstars on it (the guy who came up with the idea for Google not to be evil started the company. That’s Paul Buchheit and he also ran the Gmail team. Also on the friendfeed team is the guy who ran the Google Talk team, the guy who ran Google Maps team, the designer for a whole bunch of Googley products, and the guy who ran the backend team on Gmail). Over at Facebook and Twitter I keep running into people who used to work at Google too.

And now Google’s own founders are admitting that they need to get into real time.

The ants are moving!

Interesting metaphor.  Causes one to ponder what it takes to manage an ant hill… Or, do is the proper term “steer”?  Is “managing” an antiquated concept in a knowledge economy?

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Market Failure — Fixing Flats

Friedman rightfully pops a cork over Nardelli’s spin that Detroit is asking for $25 billion to innovate, not as a bailout:

It wasn’t a bailout, he said. It was a way to enable the car companies to retool for innovation. I could not help but shout back at the TV screen: “We have to subsidize Detroit so that it will innovate? What business were you people in other than innovation?” If we give you another $25 billion, will you also do accounting?

The budget of US DOE basic research is $4.7 billion — and that IS for innovation.  Total NSF budget is less than $7 billion.  Total NIH budget is approx. $28 billion.  Who knows how much DOD is spending.  Nonetheless… Why do we need to subsidize the private sector to innovate?

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