Google Disasterous with the Letter D

Apparently Google has considerable trouble in regards to the letter D.

First the Dmarc founders left Google.

Now http://www.dodgeball.com/ (dead link 11/2010) founders, Dens Crowley and Alex Rainert (please drop me a note if you read this guys), not only have left Google but they posed for a thumbs down photo that they have posted on Flickr, a Yahoo! property. The photo already has over 26,000 views and appears to have a viral element based on the view count growth, the interesting comments on the Flickr photo and a lot of blogosphere reaction. I’m trying to imagine how frustrated someone must be to post of photo of this nature, announce new project associations and state that they are throwing a party “to celebrate our escape”.

Putting my investment management hat on, I’d like for independent analysts to be allowed on the earning call this Thursday. If allowed to do so, I’d like to ask the following question, “Why is Google having such a hard time with HR and staffing issues, whether it is regarding hiring new employees, retaining pre-IPO employees (see podcast) or integrating acquisitions? Has Laszlo Bock’s background proven not to be the right style of leadership and is it time for a change?” The “all big companies are always ineffective” is a major cop out as there are big companies that are admired and in fact some cases adored.

Ideas on what to do with Dodgeball are everywhere you look. The comments on the Flickr photo are fascinating to read. P.S. When searching for these entries on Google Blog Search I found considerable splog/spam (MFA Made for Adsense) sites – Google should work to solve that issue.

http://spudswebnews.blogspot.com/2007/04/did-dodgeball-even-have-chance.html – Dodgeball Founder Departure – April, 2007 post – Dead link November, 2013

http://www.blogator.com/g/2833510 (dead post 11/2010)

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http://www.electrolicious.com/archives/2007/04/did_twitter_kill_it.html (dead post 11/2010)

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http://www.yugatech.com/blog/gooooogle/google-bought-and-killed-dodgeball/ Dodgeball Founder Departure – April, 2007 post – dead link 12 /2013

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http://mcmanus.typepad.com/grind/2007/04/two_dodgeball_f.html (dead link 11/2010)

“http://topicstop.blogspot.com/2007/04/google-alert-google_1007.html (dead link 11/2010)

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“http://ipfreaks.com/dreamscene/?p=2258″ (dead post 11/2010)

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“http://www.tmesolutions.co.uk/web_design_kent/Marketing+News/2007-04-16/Google+dumped+by+Dodgeball+founders/3800849030″ (dead link 11/2010)

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http://yummy.vermontconnect.com/cool/dodgeball-founders-leave-google-and-that-leaves-dodgeball-probably-dead/ (dead link 11/2010)

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http://www.spiceee.com/pensaletes/2007/04/16/dodgeball-founder-quits-google-will-google-kill-the-serviceDodgeball Founder Departure – April, 2007 post – Dead post November, 2013

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http://www.teknolife.com/tech-news/disgruntled-dodgeball-founders-leave-google-infoworld/ post removed

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http://averageiq.org/dodgeball-founders-google.html – Dodgeball Founder Departure – April, 2007 post – dead link November, 2013

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EDIT: November 25th, 2012 – all of the URLs below are no longer active on the web, I’m removing them active link status:

http://youngmanhattanite.com/2007/04/ym-exclusive-dodgeball-founder-leaves.html

http://www.hypersuper.com/article/google-dodgeball-founder-quits-google-will-google-kill-the-service–610415

http://www.wayneporter.com/2007/04/16/dodgeball-knocked-out-by-twitter-google-snacks-on-dclk-is-twitter-next/

http://cellop.com/news/?p=2621

http://www.vecosys.com/2007/04/16/google-google-going-gone/

http://www.kpsforum.com/rss-news/10998-dodgeball-founders-leave-google.html

http://internet.webexpresspro.com/internet-news/disgruntled-dodgeball-founders-leave-google-infoworld

http://www.fixmood.com/dodgeball-founders-crowley-rainert-quit-google-in-frustration/2007/04/16/

http://techfold.com/2007/04/16/exodus-from-dodgeball-googles-growth-working-against-innovation/

http://www.infobong.com/wordpress/2007/04/16/linkdump-for-20070416/

http://pcniche.info/index.php/disgruntled-dodgeball-founders-leave-google/

http://indianinside.info/blog/2007/04/17/dodgeball-founders-quit-google/

http://socialnetworking.knowhow-now.com/blog/2007/04/16/disgruntled-dodgeball-founders-leave-google/

http://www.supermogul.com/2007/04/dodgeball_founders_dodge_veste.php

http://googlified.com/2007dodgeball-founders-leaving-google/

http://www.personalbee.com/227/12457964

http://dodgeball.sport-blog.biz/8626/dodgeball-founders-stop-playing/

http://mobiko.blogs.com/mutant/2007/04/dodgeball_found.html

http://coloradostartups.com/2007/04/16/overheard-at-the-googleplex/

http://ecpm.typepad.com/clickety_clack/2007/04/roundup_tellme_.html

http://www.vidfreeblog.com/2007/04/17/startup-meme-%C2%BB-dodgeball-founders-quit/

http://www.unofficialseoblog.com/2007/04/17/dodgeball-founders-quit-google/

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