Google Maps entered a market where MapQuest and others had been around for years. That wasn’t something great that didn’t already exist. It was a better version of something that already existed. Google is a hyper-competitive company, and they repeatedly enter markets that already exist and crush competitors. Nothing wrong with that. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work, and Google’s successes are admirable. But there’s nothing stupid about seeing Google being pitted “versus” other companies. They want everything; their ambition is boundless.
John takes offense to Google CEO Larry Page’s claims that they aren’t a “versus” company. That they only build in new product categories, and I agree: Page’s statement is absurd. Be sure to read John’s follow up from today, too.