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March 09, 2006

If Selling Out to Google Isn't a Good Business Model...

Rob Hof

... why does it seem to work so well? The latest to get scooped up: Web-based word processing startup Writely. I agree with the many folks who worrry that there are too many Web 2.0 companies whose sole goal seems to be creating an elaborate job application to Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft. But can you really blame them?

Lots of speculation on who's next. Anyone want to place bets?

02:58 PM

Google, Microsoft, Web 2.0, Yahoo

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? Writely - The Back Story from EarlyStageVC

Sam, Steve, and Claudia have done it. Writely is now part of Google. Here’s the back story to this ‘overnight success’ that every Web 2.0 developer should know. Overnight success is part of the Myth of Silicon Valley. This overnight [Read More]

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A step closer to Google Office from Apogee Search Marketing Blog

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Google has purchase Upstartly, the maker of Writely, a web-based word processor. Can a spreadsheet application be far behind?

The Tech Beat chimes in with an interesting look at selling out to Google as a business model.

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Tracked on March 9, 2006 04:57 PM

Writeup on Writely from harris reynolds

I had a conversation with a friend exactly six months ago to the day that went something like this: [me] Take a look at Writely... this could be BIG... zero client install... collaboration Sharepoint style, etc etc. [him] What is... [Read More]

Tracked on March 9, 2006 11:17 PM

Writely plus Google equals What? from DoRealTime

Well, it's all over the blogosphere - Google acquires Writely. Naturally, the folks that work for Writely are all-a-flutter with the news, particularly over their upcoming free lunches at Googleplex. It's certainly another example of the new business m... [Read More]

Tracked on March 10, 2006 01:11 PM

I think you're confusing intention and outcome.

Posted by: Andrew at March 9, 2006 04:52 PM

Andrew: Not so sure about that. Seems that too many companies are intending this outcome from the start (or certainly some of their VCs are).

Posted by: Rob Hof at March 9, 2006 07:11 PM

Why worry? GOOG is saying it's short of talent, getting bought provides a BIG stage for great products to move out to the mainstream.

Next up? NumSum? wikiCalc? Zoho?

Posted by: Dennis Howlett at March 9, 2006 11:52 PM

You guys dont get it do you? Its like the 80's again GOOGLE is the Microsoft of this generation and there's going to be lots of applications out there and ideas to be build up why worry? The FUTURE is OK!

Posted by: Raymond Cayanan at March 13, 2006 06:22 AM


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