約耳認為amazon, microsoft, google有很好的軟體團隊

原文:

Why eBay Bought Skype

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2005/10/25.html

A lot of big, profitable tech companies — Amazon, Microsoft, and
Google — especially Google — hired carefully and have very good
software development organizations. Especially Google. When they have
extra money, they try to build something new. Whether it’s A9, .Net, or
Gmail, it’s designed and built in-house in hopes of getting into a new
business.

But eBay somehow got taken over by a swarm of MBAs way too soon and
became an organization that was basically incapable of developing
software. The evidence for this is the whole BillPoint/PayPal fiasco,
in which eBay tried to create their own payment system, BillPoint, but
found themselves so constitutionally incompetent at creating software
by themselves that a scrappy team of outsiders at PayPal made a system
that eBay users preferred 2 to 1, despite the fact that eBay repeatedly
tried to force auctioneers into using BillPoint instead. (Eric Jackson
wrote a very good book about it, The PayPal Wars.)

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