November 27, 2006
Coincidences that made Google successful
November 19, 2006
Google Purple Cow

The statistics are all over the Internet; products created by Google quickly lose steam after the initial burst of buzz. GTalk, the MSN messenger killer, for example, has only 50k active users! In a previous article, I concluded that Google must continue its rapid innovation but also put a tap on its uncontrolled product releases. In this article, I will give more reasons why.

The idea is simple. All great products deserve great marketing. Google's only marketing tool, though, is its awesome brand; the success of any other product created by Google depends on the buzz generated by this brand. However, for Google's other products to be truly successful, they must be marketed aggressively. Moreover, for a brand to be successful, it must avoid creating "other" products in the first place!

Well, Google does neither and that kills me. Read the full article here.
Over 25 years ago, IBM's *accidental* visit to Microsoft ultimately ended up making Bill Gates the richest person in the world [1]. Was luck the only reason attributed to his success? No way. Though without it, Bill Gates might have been working for Apple today. I have a theory; for something to be successful a large series of coincidences must sum up exactly least, such was the case with companies such as Microsoft and Google. In that regard, the difference between Microsoft and Google is that Microsoft's luck ran out while Google's luck continued to flourish. Indeed, God worked in mysterious ways for Google; ever since its emergence in 1998, Google has repeatedly scored high on luck [2]. That is not to say that Google didn't deserve its dramatic rise to success; on the contrary, a successful company seeks out opportunities. Taking advantage of an opportunity means recognizing that there is an opportunity to take advantage of. For the purpose of this article, I will reveal a few unpredictable events that led Google on its road to riches but were, more or less, a coincidence.