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Inauspicious Beginnings

Whenever I feel a bit intimidated by the sheer scope of the work I’ve set out for myself, I pause and take a look at the inauspicious beginnings of the great IT giants of today.

Some of them are available here at The Telegraph

I especially love the page of Google, with the big exclamation mark. The exclamation mark (!) tells me that they wanted to be a Yahoo! me-too clone. Lucky for us all, their vision become much larger at some point. Otherwise we’d still be navigating subject directories!

You can find many more examples of these in the waybackmachine (for all you Rocky and Bullwinkle fans!).

My my, fortunes have changed significantly, haven’t they?

One of these, Twitter, is only 4 years old. Facebook is less than a decade old.

What will we see in 10 years from now?

  1. Kenan
    February 15th, 2011 at 20:05 | #1

    We definitely have some amazing stuff that’s going to happen, and in parallel the web of other technologies (Nanotech, Biotech) integrating with IT and new market niche’s is just exploding.

    In 2010 we have Arduino’s, Makerbots (3d printing), first line of stem cell therapies, growing new organs, medical diagnostics combined with Smart Phones, Holographics, … http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/0,28757,2029497,00.html

    And the cool part is a lot will come as a surprise to us, whatever it might be, it is a crazy time we are living in! giddy giddy :)

  2. Vahid dabbaghi sadr
    October 27th, 2011 at 16:59 | #2

    Very interesting Shahzad!

    I came across a quote from Bill Gates today that relates to your entry, at least remotely.

    ” we always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” , Bill Gates

  3. November 11th, 2011 at 09:36 | #3

    @vahid absolutely true. We are living in interesting times when those who have a passion and conviction, have the ability to change the world for the better.

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