Reflection by VANCE L.
Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:
Google is a company. Google is a club. Google innovates.
Employees at Google are allowed 20% of their working time to work on anything they want. Many projects at Google have come out of people working on what they think is important. With bright and happy engineers working around the clock on what they want, when they want, that other people will want has made Google’s capabilities go through the roof. Gmail, Google Docs, Froogle, Blogger, Deskbar, The Google Foundation, Google News and many more such capabilities and applications have come from this paid self-innovation time.
A Google engineer created Orkut, a social networking application. Yes, another one, but it has been seen to be successful.
When an engineer created News, the company adopted it as a Googlette, a small micro-managed project that has the Google name on it.
Google Answers lets you pay $5 to $100 for a team of researchers to go out and do full research over your question to which they will give a guaranteed correct and detailed answer over.
On a more personal note, employees can access rooms full of laundry machines and can bring their dogs in to work. There is a company ski trip every year that allows the employees to enjoy themselves in a more informal environment together, allowing the workplace to be a comfortable place where freedom of mind and high-quality work occur. Google even has fun with their logo, which they change almost daily.
Google is a company that has fun, that innovates at leisure and that takes money only for advertisements, not for searches. They pamper their employees and their employees pamper their internet clients with features as comfortable as their workspaces.