on consumer

1) The Consumer is always right.

2) If you think the consumer is wrong, go back to rule no.1

(dead link) Source (http://www.watblog.com/2008/03/24/meet-kal-raman-indian-born-education-entrepreneur-hopes-to-make-a-difference-in-india/)

on acquisitions

Watching Google from the outside – with the limited information that offers – it seems they buy companies mainly to get more:
– Data. Like articles, meta data, digital archives, photographs.
– Users. Or in more general terms, customers or market share.
– Technology. Mostly, that’s software, like web or desktop applications.
– Developers. Or, in more general terms, call it employees.

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