Last week, Post-Graduate Planning threw an awesome career fair. I didn't "go", resume in hand, so much as just swing by to say hi to my alumni friends who were back in Boston, but it did get me thinking. What am I going to do after I graduate?
But then, I went to the Google Info Session held on campus, and listened to my friend Frances ('06, now at Harvard Business School) describe how Google had designed and patented a device that they've now used to scan tens of millions of books, (making Google one of the top ten biggest libraries in the world). They allow anyone to access and full-text search scanned copies of books online. Google is trying to make information that's currently locked away in physical books free for anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world to access. Sounds like a big problem to me. And the Google Books project could never exist as a startup, without Google behind it, comfortable with the idea of it not making money this year, or the next. No venture capitalist would fund such an idea. In our capitalist economy, such a company is nearly impossible.