Today the founders of YouTube were suppose to stop by the Dublin office. Everyone was in the canteen and the double screens were set up, unfortunately they couldn’t make it as some other meeting ran late. What did we do instead? We watched two YouTube videos of course!
This week Google started inviting a selected group of people to try their new, free tool which goes by the name of Knol. Knol, according to the Google Blog stands for “a unit of knowledge” and the company further writes that the goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it.
Knol is different from Wikipedia in a number of ways, besides incorporating a major rating system, which in opposite to Wikipedia does not keep users anonymous, it also holds a way for contributers to earn cash through publishing articles. I’m not completely convinced that this is the right field of business for Google, but we’ll just have to wait and see!
I just finished reading The Google Story, a really good book on how this entreprenurial project started and grew into a multi billiondollar corporation.
In the book it’s also reported that when Larry Page and Sergej Brin, the founders of Google tried to pitch the idea to every major search company in the market, they all passed on the technology at the modest price of $1 million. I don’t think the investment/project valuator that worked at Yahoo and Excite at the time still holds his position …
If you like Google, read the story!