This is another great validation of the category we helped start
Nicholas Carr takes a look at the youtube deal and has written lots of interesting stuff on Google in the past. I not planning to add my own detailed commentary about Google today, others are doing a pretty good job. Scobleizer asks what will Microsoft do?
The Google bus seems unstoppable.
Brad Feld is by all accounts a very successful VC, and he has a really good blog. Brad posted about a presentaton he received from Lisa at SAP Ventures. Brad comments my favorite slide segment is “Name this Country:
Richest in the World
- Largest Military
- Center of world business and finance
- Strongest education system
- World center of innovation and invention
- Currency the world standard of value
- Highest standard of living
The answer is – England – in 1900. Sound familiar all you American’s out there? The presentation ends delightfully with “shift happens” which – of course – is where we started.
This reminded me of a fabulous poem.
I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed,
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley
If I was Eric, this would be painted in big letters on the wall of my office.