"We’re shutting down the current version of nextstop so we can focus all of our attention on what comes next."
And what comes next is... stopping.
Facebook has acquired NextStop, a San Francisco-based startup that let netizens share advice on where to go and what to do. NextStop's employees — including two former Google product managers — will be joining Facebook, and its site will be shut down on September 1. If you're currently using the service — whose goal was to …
These things often don't work out. A lot of these great ideas come together because of the drive and ambition of those involved, the passion to try give something is what gets them noticed. Then some behemoth like FB comes along, strips the startup down and takes all the best bits. The "talent" is then assimilated into the behemoth and the chemistry of those taken in from the startup, is then lost forever.
I think a huge portion of Facebook's problems is that it was never built as a business. It seems to have a natural disconnect between different areas of its own site and that is likely due to a poor vision in part by their fearless leader.
Comparing that with the inherit synergies in Google's products (especially as of late) as well as its long term planning which has been made very public. It really does showcase the main differences in how the two operate.
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