Google Losing Its Cool

March 21, 2009

Not my phrase. This wordsmithing appeared in the Gawker story “Google’s Data Fetish Drives Away Its Top Designer.” The phrase that caught my attention was not the resignation of a Googler. The red light was:

Bowman’s reasons for quitting are fascinating — and they show why Google’s losing its cool.

You can read the Gawker story and unravel the motivations of a Googler who sought greener pastures. The quest for quantitative data reminded me to recommend that you read John Ralston Saul’s Voltaire’s Bastards. You can get a copy on Amazon sometimes. Go for it here. Google is the high point of a data driven management culture. Zeta function, anyone?

Stephen Arnold, March 21, 2009


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