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So, Germany wants to know the secret sauce that makes Google successful

Well, let me spare a few minutes and give you guys a rundown on the deepest secrets that make Google successful.

In fact, myself and other German Googlers are all too eager to explain German companies how to be as innovative and successful as Google.
+Frederik G. Pferdt was just recently in Germany, disclosing some of the "secret internals" how Google works: http://www.schwaebische.de/region_artikel,-Kreativitaet-ist-kinderleicht-Ex-Ravensburger-erklaert-die-Welt-von-Google-_arid,10055664_toid,535.html
And then there's +Eric Schmidt who recently published a whole book called "How Google Works".

Oh, that's not enough? You want the real secret how actually it works?

Well, let me give you a few ideas why companies in the "Silicon Valley" (Incl. Google) are more successful than in Germany.

Let your employees be passionate.  When I worked at a supplier to Siemens in Erlangen, i had a important product launch on Monday. I was literally escorted out the building on Friday by security because noone is allowed in the office after 8PM, and not at all on weekends. Some union law, security, etc.
Here at Google we have "Bacon Sundays" where management and the team stay late and work sometimes even on weekends (yes, heaven forbid, even SUNDAY) when we get ready for a big launch. Everyone is passionate, everyone wants to give its 110%.
No, I dont feel exploited, I feel proud to do my part to change the world!

In Germany I wanted to introduce a Linux Server at my company. The IT guy told me that we only do NOVEL servers. period. Quote: "Over his dead body" will he let a Linux machine in his server room.
Because we've always used Novel for everything.
That was 1997, around the same time Larry introduced the famous "cork-board" Linux Servers which were home built off the shelf Linux servers.

At another company my manager told me he doesn't want me to lead a critical team, because I ride a motorcycle, and that is too risky. Quote: "Does your mother know you ride a motorcycle" - I was 35, this is none of my mothers business, or - my managers.
At Google we have +Sergey Brin who frequently jumps out of airplanes. Risk taking is encouraged.

At previous jobs I have seen managers who spent their entire year trying to cover up a mistake and make excuses. At Google, we "Fail Fast" and learn from our mistakes.
In Germany, admitting a mistake is a career limiting thing. At Google we say - If you don't occasionally fail, you're not thinking big enough. And when you fail, we ask "what did you learn from it?"

I have been in companies where I had a new idea, and was told "I've been here 27 years, and I tell you how we do this here!"
At Google we have 27 yr old managers who are in charge of billion dollar moonshots. And they have 50yr old employees reporting to them who respect their authority.

But truely the most unique thing:  At Google, we have our founders be THERE and with the people.
You will see Eric at lunch, bump into Sergey in the elevator and - if you come to the weekly all-hands, you can ask them ANYTHING.
They will genuinely try to answer your questions.

When was the last time any "Rank and File" Employee at Axel Springer has asked a candid question to the CEO Mathias Döpfner?

THAT is the true secret of Google's success.
Not some silly search algorithm.

If you're really interested in the search algorithm, you can always read up on it here:  http://infolab.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html

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Today in Geek History: Autobots, transform and roll out! The Transformers animated series premiered in 1984.
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The founders of Known have launched an open-source web publishing tool that uses a number of IndieWeb standards to give users control over their content, instead of handing it and all the related data over to proprietary platforms like Facebook and Twitter
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Did you know that Taxi Cab companies are trying to end Taxi Neutrality? They are saying that restaurants and bars are freeloaders profiting on their infrastructure, and they plan to drive customers to restaurants at 5mph unless that particular restaurant purchases a high speed customer transportation service from them. And that's in addition to the normal cab fare you already pay.

In addition, straw manufacturers are trying to end Straw Neutrality, arguing that juice bars are freeloading on their product, and want juice bars to pay them for a premium beverage suction plan for transporting lemonade from the glass to the customer's mouth.

Airlines also want to end air travel neutrality, arguing that touristic destinations and hotels are freeloading on their routes, and want hotels and vacation destinations to pay them to fly customers there. And that's in addition to the air fare you already pay, of course.

Do any of those sound absurd? Well, that's because they are all totally made up. I just invented them. But something very similar is happening on the Internet, and this one is true: internet providers are trying to end Net Neutrality using the exact same logic: web services will have to pay them to be able to provide a service to you. And that's in addition to the normal price you already pay for internet access.
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From turn 1 at the Indy 500
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There's only one day left to watch this before they pull it.  
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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins says Silicon Valley's elite are being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany.

He said it in a wacky letter to the editor of +The Wall Street Journal:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304549504579316913982034286 

Gimme a break, dude. 

(This is a picture of Perkins' boat. It's not exactly a cattle car...)

(Pic props: http://1-2knockout.typepad.com/12_knockout/2008/04/tom-perkins-mal.html )
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