Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property?
Charles Duhigg on the leader of Google’s self-driving-car unit who joined Uber, which prompted Google to file suit and got the Feds on the caseRead full story
In the middle of an argument about the safety of driverless cars, Anthony Levandowski got in a major accident while serving as the safety driver, then didn't check if the other driver had been hurt.
This is Silicon Valley sociopathy at its worst.
Worthy long-read alert! I’m not going to lie, I went into the story thinking it was going to be about driverless cars and the drama between Google and Uber around whether the controversial Levandowski provided Uber with secrets. While it does explain the narrative in detail, it’s used to highlight the
Worthy long-read alert! I’m not going to lie, I went into the story thinking it was going to be about driverless cars and the drama between Google and Uber around whether the controversial Levandowski provided Uber with secrets. While it does explain the narrative in detail, it’s used to highlight the actual subject being examined: Silicon Valley culture, specifically the idea that defection without punishment spurs innovation; the good and the bad that come with this kind of cutthroat, progress at all costs, risk-taking culture; and the evidence to show that big SV tech firms like Google are starting to/slash have started to reject that original culture in favor of protectionism.
This bit in particular was striking: “Economists later suggested that the Valley’s culture of betrayal was a major reason for its success. Massachusetts’ laws made it difficult for employees to join rival companies or create new businesses. Engineers in Boston were typically forced to sign non-compete agreements that required them, if they quit, to wait at least a year before joining a competitor or creating their own firms. But in California non-compete agreements were illegal.”
After reading this story it tells me one thing: they eat their own.
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