Mary Jo Foley: “Microsoft has — justifiably — been called arrogant. But Google takes arrogance to a whole new level.”
I’ve been hearing this more and more lately at Silicon Valley parties. I think there’s a disconnect at Google about how they are viewed by the outside world and how they view themselves. Will that matter? It did to Microsoft — eventually — when Microsoft got so arrogant it thought it could take on the government (Microsoft lost that argument, if you remember, even if losing didn’t hurt as much as some would have liked). Will Google follow the same path?
I think at the end of the day you’ll find that Google is one of the fastest learning big companies. It’ll be interesting to see if Google continues pissing off people outside of it. Especially as Google grows extraordinarily fast (they are attempting to double in size in the next year, according to some people I’ve talked with).
And, at Shel’s party I met someone who had some founder stock in Google. That guy is still bullish on Google. The consensus at the party was that Google wouldn’t be stopped — at least not in the next quarter or two.
Whether it’s arrogant or not, Google is the company to watch right now. It’ll be interesting to see if Microsoft can take some of that swagger away.