July 21, 2011, 10:23 PM â€”
Google, that hotbed of employee innovation thanks to generous free time available to chase ideas, has announced it’s locking up Google Labs. Google CEO Larry Page used the term “putting more wood behind fewer arrows” about shutting down Google Health and Google PowerMeter. While those of us who have shot arrows believe this metaphor stinks because you put more string tension behind arrows if you want more power, Page is obviously reorganizing things to put his stamp back on the GooglePlex.
But in a world filled with “me-too” products, the commitment from Google to publicly try many things to find what really works based on user feedback stood out as one of the best ideas in business. So the question now is what this means going forward for both Google in particular and the encouragement of creative thinking in general.
Google’s growing up
Google’s going corporate
I donâ€™t doubt that Google will keep innovating and come up with new products, but guess that future testing will be more internal or limited to a smaller circle of people. GaborPor on searchengineland.com
Probably some decision driven by a bean counter on the board of directors who didnâ€™t see the appropriate profit margin on the division. RD and creative thought outside of bottom line mentality is the true fodder of innovation and profitability. gborgford on mashable.com
Google’s making a biiiig mistake
Really sad. This is what set Google apart from other tech companies. Google Labs was part of what made Google cool, innovative, exciting and fresh. Wrong decision Google. Wayne Finlay on readwriteweb.com
Your turn. Is Google getting more mature (1), selling out their innovation foundation (2), or is Larry Page tweaking the company to reflect his vision? (3).
Article source: http://www.itworld.com/software/185711/goodbye-google-labs