Microsoft: Search Revolving Door
December 17, 2008
I have a tough time keeping track of who is running Microsoft’s search effort. In a lousy market, Google continues to keep a paw clamped around the throats of 70 percent of Web search users. Microsoft, Yahoo, and the troubled Ask.com are not making much, if any, headway in closing the gap or slowing Googzilla. When Google makes a mistake as it did with its OpenEdge play, none of these competitors exploits the error.
So, I was not surprised to read in Todd Bishop’s TechFlash that Brad Goldberg is leaving Microsoft and the Live search operation. He was the general manager, and I am not sure where in the wild wonderful world of Microsoft he reported or what his duties were. If he was the person who had the job of crippling Google, he certainly did not deliver. You can read “Live Search GM Leaving Microsoft” here. Mr. Bishop said that Mr. Goldberg will join an investment company. In today’s economy, I am not very confident that investment companies will flourish for a while. The US Treasury suggested that it will print as much money as needed to jump start the economy. The most interesting comment in Mr. Bishop’s write up was:
His wife, Michelle Goldberg, is a partner at the Ignition Partners venture capital firm.
Wow. A banking family in today’s economy. The Goldbergs are optimists. I wonder, “Does Mr. Goldberg’s replacement Yusuf Mehdi has the time, resources, or technical infrastructure to deal with the GOOG?”
Stephen Arnold, December 17, 2008