Stephen E. Arnold: What Keeps Google Awake? Try the Near Death of Its Two Co-Founders

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Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

What Keeps Google Awake? One Big Thing Overlooked

I read “What Keeps Google Awake at Night.” Five good points to be sure. My view is that one big sleep disturber was either overlooked or intentionally skipped. The Information Week article identifies Google’s revenue dependence, the revenue shift riding the mobile revolution, and several other obvious issues. What was skipped? Health. The hiring of synthetic biologists, the smoke screen of Glass, and the Calico play are not trivial actions. The founders are getting older. With age come some darned exciting health issues. My research suggests that the Google founders want to patch up flawed human systems and knock down the bugs and buglets that will cause drive read errors. One popular magazine ran a headline that asked can Googlers solve death? Big issue. Definitely one of the issues about which some Googlers think. See also http://moz.com/blog/what-scares-google

Stephen E Arnold, November 1, 2013

Phi Beta Iota: Our understanding from various open sources is that Sergey is near death and Larry has his own issues.  Their possible demise is complicated by a Google management structure that has been severely compartmented, a lack of business ethics in the strategic sense of the word, and a loss of momentum that no longer attracts the best and the brightest.