Interesting search-realted snippets:
“I wouldnâ€™t advise competing with Google in things theyâ€™re good at. So what is Google good at? As a first approximation, making things their own developers use at work. So theyâ€™ll do a better job on an online calendar than a video sharing site, for example, because their employees are probably not supposed to be sitting watching videos at work”
“Another weakness of Googleâ€™s is that theyâ€™re a big company. Iâ€™ve heard some real horror stories from hackers there about the bureacratic obstacles to getting stuff released. That means theyâ€™re unlikely to do anything so novel that it frightens the bureaucrats. So a startup could compete with Google if they had an idea so wild that it would freak out the internal gatekeepers, no matter what area it was in“.
Y Combinator funded Kiko, a Web 2.0 calendar application that was recently sold on Ebay. A victim, we assume, of Google Calendar. And competing in a really dull space, probably.