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Hello friends!

This holiday season I am helping out our BarCampMontreal friends Austin Hill and Ben Yoskovitz with a brand new project: gifter.org.

What is gifter.org? The idea is simple; we are trying to raise 1 Million dollars for charity. For every wish you make, $1 will be donated to charity. The goal is to raise a total of $1 Million!

So far, 167 wishes… And $4205 has already been pledged, so we’re already more than 4000 wishes behind! :)

How can you help?

  1. Digg it. This is very important to get more people involved, as highly dugg websites attract a ton of traffic. Just click on the digg button to digg it!
  2. Make a wish at gifter.org to get another $1 donated.
  3. Blog about it and get the word out! A great thing to help with this holiday season.

Will this work? Heck yeah! I mean, if the Million Dollar Home Page worked, this will definitely work!

So, as a personal favour to me… Please 1) digg it, 2) make a wish, 3) blog about gifter.org, and if you are feeling generous, 4) donate to a charity and pledge the funds to gifter.org!

Happy holidays!

Go to gifter.org | digg story

Yesterday I saw an article on CNN called “Is Google too smart for its own good?

The premise is that even in a company like Google, famous for hiring only the best and brightest, there is enough rote work to do that those very people will eventually get bored and leave. When they do, they will create a wave of innovation that will be called “Son-Of-Google”.

If a company the size of PayPal can kick off a second wave that includes LinkedIn, Slide, Yelp, YouTube, Clarium Capital, and Room 9 Entertainment, among others, the sons-of-Google wave should be a world-changer.

Furthermore, the article hypothesizes that these world-changing startups will simply be brought back into the fold again.

But what will it mean for Google? For starters, it’ll provide an additional food chain for new products and features. The profligate M&A spending of all the GAMEY (Google, Apple (Charts), Microsoft (Charts), Ebay (Charts), Yahoo (Charts)) companies has touched off a run of feature innovation over the last few years. You can be sure Google will be on the inside track to acquire the latest ideas of former employees.

It would appear Paul Graham’s prediction is becoming more correct every day:

I think there are a lot of undergrads … [that are] … only a few steps away from being able to start successful startups, if they wanted to, but they don’t realize it. They have more than enough technical skill. They just haven’t realized yet that the way to create wealth is to make what users want, and that employers are just proxies for users in which risk is pooled.

If the son-of-Google hypothesis is true, then hiring really is rapidly becoming obsolete.