How much trust can we have in the Google founders?

Fri 8 January 2010 13:20, Bas van den Beld

Sometimes it can be very interesting to look back into the past. As an historian I know that you can get new insights from looking back. With 2010 just starting and many bloggers looking forward, a view back in time can give you a lot of insight.

This video below Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are on stage at the TED conference, back in 2004. A very insightful video, look at it and then I will tell you what I noticed.

Seen it? Have you noticed anything in particular? Except for that Brin and Page are almost seven years younger and that the globe with all the searches looks fantastic?

Here's a hint: look at the products they discuss:

  • Orkut: de social networktool van Google
  • The Deskbar: a sort of Google toolbar, only in the bottom of the screen
  • Google Answers
  • Froogle
  • Blogger
  • Google Adsense, with a feature in it which shows 'related searches'

Most of these products were only just launched or about to launch in that period of time. And as you may noticed, most of them didn't make it. In 2004 Brin and Page were all excited about products like Orkut, Google Answers and Froogle. Where are these products now?

The question now is: how can we trust the judgement of these founders, if they really like Wave or Android, will we see these products in five years time...? ;)


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  • really interesting perspective Bas. I do agree wholeheartedly but allow me to ramble for a bit. I am thinking of how many times Edison tried before he got the lightbulb to work. Perhaps the success is not in how many times they failed but how many times they got it right. I don't believe there is a problem if they tried something and didn't succeed, rather than not trying at all. In terms of trusting their judgement or ability, well, perhaps we were and are all naive, expecting that we can trust such folks to always just do everything right. I dunno, like i said, rambling thoughts...

    Vr 8 jan 2010, 14:15


  • @Melt, ramble on :). The title of course is a bit provocating, as is the question if we can trust their judgement. Yes we (probably) can trust that. It's just a sign that we can be enthusiastic about products now, but that doesn't mean they will be a success in 5 years.

    Vr 8 jan 2010, 14:47


  • nope, it certainly does not :)

    Vr 8 jan 2010, 15:14

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