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Does closing Reader hurt Google in the future?

0. phoneArena posted on 01 Jul 2013, 19:23

If the name Chris Wetherell doesn't sound familiar to you, perhaps you know the product he invented eight years ago; Wetherell is the creator of Google Reader, the news aggregating application that was shut down on Monday despite a huge following. Wetherell says that if he had come up with the idea today, he would have launched it outside of Google and built it up independently of Mountain View...

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posted on 01 Jul 2013, 19:40 1

1. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

That's pretty much any company. The best way is develop independently, get a great following, then maybe sell to someone like Google and retire afterwards.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 20:23 1

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

"There is no longer any incentive for workers to bring their best idea to management"

The incentive is that you got paid. If you develop anything while working for a company while getting paid it is the company's property. Otherwise you should quit and hope that the company will not go after you. What if Apple decided to scrap John Ivy's entire design concept within iOS 7 after a year and hires someone else? John can't come back screaming like a little biotch. He got paid for his work and his ideas are owned by Apple. If Steve Jobs was still alive and decided to work for Google he cannot legally use those same ideas; their owned by Apple.
If I come up with a product that saved my company a million dollars it is the property of my company; the people who paid me. Otherwise I should quit and do it myself. This is common sense.
And if you had this wonderful idea before starting at the company then do the work yourself before starting. Don't use the company for it's resources only to get burned later.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 22:41

4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

"There is no longer any incentive for workers to bring their best idea to management"

That is a very valid point that is being brought up here. Google has always been a company that thrives on the ethic that employees are encouraged to pursue new ideas and it has worked amazingly well for them. They have attracted tons of talent with this business model and also developed great services because of it. There is nothing more discouraging than seeing than seeing your idea scraped even though it is popular and growing. If it was a project that didn't pick up traction it would make a lot more sense to scrap it.

The key difference that you are failing to see is that Jony Ive was hired SPECIFICALLY to work on this design. Google Reader was a side project. As you mentioned before since the idea and concept was developed while working for Google it now belongs to Google and this is where the gripe comes in. Seeing this happen at Google gives the employees less incentive to develop an idea while working for them (or just about any major company) and go into business for themselves.

If this is the sentiment that is spreading throughout Google then it is a big loss to the company. If true employees are still getting paid for their regular jobs just
losing the incentive and drive to develop new ideas for Google in their spare time.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 22:22

3. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I wish them the best of luck in their new venture.

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