For you new subscribers
Hey, thanks for being here! I put out stuff every other Monday, so nothing new tomorrow. I actually wrestled with whether to put this post out tomorrow:
Everyone’s piling on Google lately. If I’m not too late to the party, I want to tell you something more.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article over 20 years ago (sorry, you may have trouble getting past their paywall) about the consulting company McKinsey and their fixation on “talent.” It’s become corporate gospel, despite the disastrous failure of Enron, which subscribed to it wholeheartedly. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, worked at McKinsey. That’s the concluding section of this post.
… (and much more, 10 pages worth in fact)
But I finally decided to stick with the every-other-Monday schedule, for this reason:
I can’t do that every week. I’d end up jumping the shark. I think you want substantive, well-researched articles, and there is no lack of other stuff on the web for you to read in the meantime.
I have a small backlog, so we’re good for a while. There’s one more post about working in Google Maps, one on software patents that’s almost finished, and another on fear and taking risks.
And lastly: I have two books you can read or listen to on audio! They’re different from this channel, in that they’re fiction set in the recent past. Coincidentally, they’re set in situations that I was actually in (i.e. the birth of modern computers and the Internet), so I do know whereof I speak. The characters don’t know how things turn out, which is how reality is.
You can see me and my audiobook narrator here.