Google Magnetism Weakening? High Profile Wizard Allegedly Sidesteps Job Offer

May 22, 2018

Who knows if this “real” news item from a crypto currency online service in India is accurate? I find it interesting because it adds another straw to the pile on Googzilla’s back.

The write up is called “Google Tries Hiring Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin and Fails.” Now Ethereum may not be a big deal in Harrod’s Creek and similar rust belt cities. Amazon sort of has a thing for Ethereum. And despite the chatter about deanonymizing some of the blockchain-centric services, Ethereum continues to generate interest in its “platform.”

The write up states:

Search Engine giant Google tried hiring Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin to work for them. Buterin posted a screenshot of the mail he received from Google on twitter, asking his followers if he should take their offer.

The “offer” was made via a Tweet. I love that type of approach. Very trendy.

The write up adds:

Like most Silicon Valley startups, Google has also been exploring Blockchain for the past few months. In March, Google revealed that they were working on two different Blockchain products; a tamper-proof auditing system and a cloud operations platform. The recruiter may have reached out to Buterin for these projects or any upcoming unannounced projects.

Google does not allow crypto currency ads. However, the Google may have been monitoring some of the actions of super successful company and realized that the train is leaving the station.

Several observations:

  1. Google appears to be going for a home run play if we assume the information in the write up is accurate
  2. Google may be in a position which it finds uncomfortable: Back in the pack when it comes to the platformization of blockchain centric innovation
  3. Google may be losing its magnetism which once pulled wizards to the land of  pay to play search.

Fascinating piece of possibly semi accurate, possibly real Twitter delivered information. Communicating by tweet is the new thing I assume.

Stephen E Arnold, May 22, 2018


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