Has the Window Closed for Android?

Android’s anticipated growth comes as mobile users are rethinking their priorities, slashing their telecom budgets and moving to prepaid. As J.P. Morgan analyst Mike McCormack noted last week (as he downgraded AT&T and Verizon), mobile is undergoing “deteriorating wireless fundamentals, specifically in the higher value postpaid subscriber base”—i.e., smartphone users. If cost-conscious consumers don’t respond to Android’s late-year push, the platform may not have another chance.

Google at 10: Larry, Sergey & Me

It is not clear how old Google is – some argue that world’s largest search engine operator is 13 – after all it operated in stealth for about 3 years before launching in September 1998. Many major news organizations are going with September 2008 as the tenth anniversary so I am going to play along. Forbes.com even asked the question, Has Google Changed The World? from many well known people. For some odd reason they decided to seek my thoughts.

Gandhi changed the world. The steam engine changed the world. Heart transplants changed the world. The Internet changed the world. Google simply made a small (albeit important) contribution toward making Internet a better experience for all of us.

Google’s (s GOOG) contributions are still worthy of praise. It is no longer impossible to find relevant information on the fast-growing Internet. I remember tearing my hair out looking for relevant information. Today it is as simple as acting on our impulse to seek that knowledge–and that has infinitely changed the way we interact with the machines.

The article triggered a chain reaction and a trip down the memory lane. I had been a Google-addict for a while and loved its simple elegance over rivals such as AltaVista and Inktomi-powered searches. I had talked to the company earlier, but I didn’t meet the Stanford duo in person up until September 1999. The company had just raised about $25 million in venture money. Read More about Google at 10: Larry, Sergey & Me

Aroxo: How Little Decisions Matter — A Lot

Editor’s Note: Matt Rogers, the founder of Aroxo, is a regular contributor to Found|READ, and a very thoughtful guy. I often visit his blog, Digging my own ditch , to see what he’s up to — he let’s us publish — and today I ran across this: How search engine spam created Web 2.0 and drove the social revolution. In it, Matt ponders how small, even sometimes seemingly arbitrary decisions, can have great impacts on your business. He relates this notion to the selection of “two little words” (marketing), all the way through the evolution of Google’s search results presentation method (architecture). It’s worth reading, not just to remind you that small things count, but also this: that probably one of the greatest sources of your stress — the “law of unintended consequences” — affects every founder, and that this is a good thing, because it is sometimes responsible for truly epic, if surprising, innovations (Web2.0).

A friend of mine mentioned something to me recently. He commented that a site he works with recently changed the text on their registration button from “Register here” to “Register for free” and, as a result, registrations shot up.

That really blew me away.

Clearly pretty small decisions can have an enormous and disproportionate impact.

This got me thinking and something else occurred to me, namely how a similarly small decision caused by search engine spam created the Web 2.0 phenomenon. Read More about Aroxo: How Little Decisions Matter — A Lot