Google further differentiates itself

Wow, as I consider ways websites try to build competitive advantages that are not easily replicated, one of the biggest leverages their size/money to create another advantage.  Here’s another brilliant move by Google, read the AP article here.

They’ve launched a Satellite into space today to capture imagery data, better then their current provider.

I was listening to a podcast about Google in Asia and wasn’t sure how well they might compare with local search companies like Bidu going forward.  Well, rather then indexing the data of others for search, they are gaining an important data source themselves that will certainly provide another strong competitive advantage.

The last one came last week in the form of a web browser, Chrome.  Many were quick to point out its inability to drive revenue and that it wasn’t necessary in a world of IE’s, Firefox’s, Safari’s, etc., however it further adds capabilities/opportunities to an emerging company who could use it to springboard into other business areas like office, desktop, even OS.

The London Book Fair

Ok, I know I’ve been back for a while, but I’ve been accumulating things to blog about so, before I talk about todays latest and greatest, let me talk about the LBF that I attended in the second half of my London trip.

First off, it was huge, supposedly the largest book fair in the world. I have a few more coming up so I’ll be the judge, though I doubt this one will be topped.

The company got a decent size booth in the back. At first I thought it was a terrible location though changed my mind when I realized first that rather then other booths directly in front of us, we had a cafe/meeting place area, second, by the time people got to our area they actually listened to what we were saying rather then just grabing a few freebies and moving on to the next row of booths (since there really were no others:).

One morning I arrived before the general public was allowed in and snapped a few pictures, some of the booths were truly impressive.