Does Google really need Sex ?

Paul Krugman wrote a post titled “Google Needs Sex” which was interesting to read. Lately, Google bashing has become fashionable. Everyone is complaining about the issues that Google has and why it is in its decline. I am sure that this will increase in ferver and quantity.

Everyone has been complaining about the quality of results of search being the trouble at Google.

My personal opinion is that the actual culprit is Google’s business model based on the Adsense program. It is because of this business model that the entire SEO industry cropped up and created a mess of their search algorithm.

In one of my previous blogs (Google on its way downhill?), I did mention that anyone who has to beat Google will have to do so, not only by technological innovation (aka better search) but more so by business model innovation. 

Now, it is up to Google itself to innovate on their business model in order to come out trumps. So, I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Google to re-invent their business model and continue their dominance in the search category.  

Meanwhile, Google is also coping with a lot of other issues like

  1. Increase competition from the Facebook’s, Bing’s and other search engines in the market
  2. Loss of talent to competition
No matter, what happens, this will be an interesting space to watch out for. 

Meetings, meetings and more meetings

We all have been through a lot of meetings and know that a lot of these meetings are

  1. Mis-managed
  2. Kill time
  3. Reduces organizational productivity
  4. Boring
Yet, we can’t do away with meetings completely as they are also required to do business.

There are many ideas to improve the effectiveness of these meetings. Seth Godin in his blog talks about Making meetings more expensive which will ensure that there are less of meetings and would be more productive.

Some un-conventional ideas to make meetings interesting and little more productive could be

  1. Have stand-up meetings. No place to sit down.
  2. No meeting room with space for more than 3 people. Any gathering of more than 3 people to happen in the open (cafeteria, someone’s desk, water cooler, etc)
  3. In big corporations, get people to pay (internal cross-charge) every time someone uses a meeting room and put an upper limit on the budget that can be utilized for this usage
Have you seen any un-conventional way that meetings can be made interesting or productive? 

Best sales and Business books in 2010

I read a post by Erica Stritch on the best sales and business books for 2010 and was impressed by the books that made it to her list. Among other books, she also mentions the following books, which I have personally found both interesting and inspiring for a sales person: 

  1. SNAP SellingJill Konrath
  2. The Little big thingsTom Peters
  3. LinchpinSeth Godin
  4. MojoMarshall Goldsmith
  5. Drive – Daniel Pink
Do you know of any other book which is interesting and in the same league as the one’s I found interesting? 

Interesting talk on TED – When ideas have sex

Google on it’s way downhill?

Google has had a great run till now what with their innovations on monetizing their biggest strength – Search. There also has been a lot of talk on how the last slew of products coming out of Google have not hot the bull’s eye (maybe with the exception of Android and Chrome). We also have seen an exodus of talent from Google to its rival FaceBook and the lengths Google has gone to stop it.

Does all of this indicate the start of the decline of Google as the internet superpower ? Is there someone already in the making who can kill Google on its own turf – Search?

In my opinion in order to take on Google, just technological innovation alone will not suffice. What is needed is to kill the revenue model that they have has built up.

Can someone choke up the ad revenue that Google thrives on? It would be an interesting space to watch out for.

My opinion is that the next couple of years are crucial for Google and there will be multi-pronged attack on the Google’s revenue model by different companies (mostly start-ups including the FaceBooks and twitters of this world).

Can the giant killer emerge from India or the emerging economies? Only time will tell…