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[Notes] How Google Works

After trying various modes of taking notes, I am now experimenting with my personal blog to jot down notes, thoughts, quotes, trivia and anything that comes to my mind while reading a book.

How Google Works

How Google WorksAuthor: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Available On: Flipkart, Amazon

Excerpts, Quotes & Thoughts

Over time I’ve learned, surprisingly, that it’s tremendously hard to get teams to be super ambitious. It turns out most people haven’t been educated in this kind of moonshot thinking. They tend to assume that things are impossible, rather than starting from real-world physics and figuring out what’s actually possible.

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It’s also true that many companies get comfortable doing what they have always done, with a few incremental changes. This kind of incrementalism leads to irrelevance over time , especially in technology, because change tends to be revolutionary not evolutionary. So you need to force yourself to place big bets on the future . It’s why we invest in areas that may seem wildly speculative, such as self-driving cars or a balloon-powered Internet. While it’s hard to imagine now , when we started Google Maps , people thought that our goal of mapping the entire world, including photographing every street, would prove impossible. So if the past is any indicator of our future, today’s big bets won’t seem so wild in a few years’ time.

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Gate-based Approach for Building Products:

entails a series of well-defined phases and milestones, governed by various executive reviews, that escalate slowly up the corporate food chain. This approach is designed to conserve resources and funnel information up from far-flung silos to a small set of decision-makers.

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  • Google was founded in 1998 and filed for IPO in 2004.
Difficult/Interesting Words & Phrases
  • “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”

    Origin: From the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy states “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

    Used as an idiom that means: ‘No longer in quiet and comfortable surroundings’

    Synonym: out of one’s depth

  • Regimented Plan

    very strictly organized or controlled

…To be Continued

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