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February 08, 2006

Is star-studded Google turning into the New York Yankees of tech?

Stephen Baker

Google is trying to do with brains what the Hunt brothers attempted with silver a few decades back: to corner the market. Of course, the very idea is preposterous, but they are running an unsettling surplus of gray matter. Rob Hof has a good analysis of Google's latest catch, this time the head of Amazon's A9 search operation, Udi Manber. Clearly, the bumps in Google's stock didn't spook him.

I'm thinking we should keep our eyes open for defections from Google, perhaps a leading indicator of its decline from dominance. (Or would it be a lagging indicator?) In any case, at some point, if it's not happening already, all these brilliant stars corraled in the same company are going to start stepping on each other's toes and getting antsy. Larry and Sergey have probably been too busy to notice, but they would do well to study the recent history of the star-studded and star-crossed New York Yankees.

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Like it or not, seems virtually anything worth attaining, maintaining, and keeping in the world of business (and in life, as well) is going to involve going up against some type of competition. And, we all know, that competition could also come from a major player within one’s own team. The heavier the competition, the more egos may get bruised or altogether squashed. The heavier the competition, the harder toes get stepped - (no, scratch that), the harder toes get stomped on. And check this: combatants on the playing field changed their wingtips for steel-toed combat boots. (steel-toed to hurt one’s competition even more with a stab-like-kick to less meaty, lower portion of the legs just below the knees – OUCH !!!!) The world’s competitive like that.

Posted by: D. Harry at February 9, 2006 02:38 AM

i know you are using a yankees-as-dysfunction metaphor just to bait me. 26 world series championships. 39 american league pennants. on a team like that, egos get crushed, toes get stepped on. they don't win every year. but it's hard to argue with that kind of success. only 6 days, 22 hours until spring training.

Posted by: schadenfreudisch at February 9, 2006 02:25 PM

schadenfreudisch, don't take it from me: try asking none other than George Steinbrenner if he's satisfied with the Yankee's performance over the last five years. Actually, now that I think about it, the Yankees haven't won all the marbles since the rise of Google. Could there be a connection?

Posted by: steve baker at February 9, 2006 05:48 PM


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