Google is a great company, but not as great as the old days.
James Whittaker was an engineer in Google, who recently decided to leave. He told us what is happening there.
“Social became state-owned, a corporate mandate called Google+. It was an ominous name invoking the feeling that Google alone wasn’t enough. Search had to be social. Android had to be social. You Tube, once joyous in their independence, had to be … well, you get the point. Even worse was that innovation had to be social. Ideas that failed to put Google+ at the center of the universe were a distraction.”
The result is sad:
“Suddenly, 20% meant half-assed. Google Labs was shut down. App Engine fees were raised. APIs that had been free for years were deprecated or provided for a fee …”
“The days of old Google hiring smart people and empowering them to invent the future was gone. “