Compared with the 1890s, Google resembles GE, while Amazon is like Sears Roebuck, the catalogue shopping company that transformed US retailing. GE was founded in 1892 and Sears Roebuck in 1893, at a time when the continent was altered by the telegraph and electricity […]What was once a search company has become an internet, data and software company with boundless ambition and the capacity to deliver a flow of unexpected products. In that sense, [Google co-founder] Mr Page is a latter-day Thomas Edison, a commercial inventor marked by “the utterly fearless range of his experimental activities,” according to Randall Stross, a biographer.
Read the whole thing. Not only does it put Google in its proper historical context, but it also illustrates a key point we’ve been following at Via Meadia: that the pace of technological change is accelerating. As Page says, “We haven’t seen this rate of change in technology for a long time, probably not since the birth of personal computing.” Perhaps no company epitomizes this change more than Google, and no company is better positioned to profit from it as it continues. Already, Google is on the cutting edge with technologies like Google Glass and self-driving cars. And with each new innovation, life gets gradually better. The future looks bright, indeed.[Google office image courtesy of Shutterstock]