Thursday, October 05, 2006

The next Google?

In 1999 - 2000, I saw maybe 15-20 companies trying to be the next Google. This was before Google became a $125 billion company, just imagine how many companies are trying to re-invent the wheel now.

My advice to anyone looking at investing in these companies is to smile politely and say next as quickly and as firmly as you can. The latest company getting buzz is in PRE-LAUNCH (meaning they've got a great idea, but no real company or plan to defeat GOOG) and is called Powerset. It's an interesting read over at Venturebeat on Powerset. What I find so intriguing is their focus on natural language search. You have be a moron to not be able to figure out how to get the search result you want with Google. In their example they say "Books by Children" won't produce results of books written by children. However, if you modify the search to Child authors or young authors, you get excellent results in 0.15 seconds.

Remember - be quick, be firm, NEXT............

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