Google and Incubation

December 25, 2008

Xconomy Seattle reported here that Google will host a start up weekend in Seattle. Gregory Huang’s article says that a the Startup Weekend will be in Seattle on February 6, 7 and 8. You can read the story here. What I find interesting is that Google is out looking for innovation. This contrasts sharply with Microsoft Fast’s forthcoming Fast Forward Conference. The Fast Forward conference features pundits who are talking about what’s happening now in the pubic Web. The idea is that an attendee at the Fast Forward conference will learn about what has already happened. I don’t think the program will provide an update on the police action against the company nor will there be many speakers who point out some of the challenges of the Fast Enterprise Search Platform. You can read about the Fast Forward conference here. I find the difference in the two programs quite striking. Microsoft Fast is reporting on what has happened. Google wants to find things that are happening. Little wonder than Google continues to outpace Microsoft in certain key areas such as search and geospatial services in the enterprise. I am not much of a history buff, but I do enjoy analyses of famous battles. This skirmish just underlines how one company looks forward and the other backwards. I am curious about the police action even though others in the search space seem to have forgotten the visit to Microsoft Fast offices in mid October. Any one have any updates on this or was I misreading the news reports from Norway?

Stephen Arnold, December 25, 2008

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