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anonymous:
exactly what is google's car project valued at? who decides that?
7:44 pm — Monday, 13 February 2017
ano:
You're supposed to progressively lock their increasing options in a complicated treadmill
7:49 pm — Monday, 13 February 2017
anonymous:
Getting paid money like that without actually shipping anything is the real innovation here.
7:51 pm — Monday, 13 February 2017
anonymous:
"Talent retention is one of the hardest problems in...

...ANY FUCKING INDUSTRY."

"Getting paid money like that without actually shipping anything is the real innovation here."

While you are not wrong, Waymo (the spun off self driving car arm of Alphabet) is trying to get some deals, small deals mind you with Honda and Fiat Chrysler.

The fully autonomous vehicle is still quite nacent and Google/Alphabet/Waymo whatever you want to call them has done some very hard work. Sometimes the R&D money you spend doesn't pay off for a decade or more.

That being said it's been a while and others have caught up quickly and Google may have wound up wasting a lot of time and money on a product no one needs or will buy. Maybe it will be sold to fleet vehicles as most consumer car companies are furiously working on their own solutions.

There's bound to be a bit of musical chairs as the talent bounces around from one thing to another.
10:26 pm — Monday, 13 February 2017
Shake it around:
Strange that google didn't force everyone to sign non-competes. Maybe instead of non-competes google got equity stakes.
1:55 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
anonymous:
i don't think you can do non-competes in california.
2:53 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
jimothy:
Sounds like they're going to need waymo people and waymo money to ever make this self driving car thing a success!
6:35 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
John Rodham Gruber:
Why does Gruber speak as if he knows anything about talent retention in "the industry"? All he ever did in "the industry" was make a shitty third-rate notes app. No employees necessary since he suckered two other idiots into the venture with him.
10:04 am — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
anonymous:
@jimothy

Well at least they dindu nuffin'.
2:29 pm — Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Enough Already:
> i don't think you can do non-competes in california.

Correct. They are unenforceable in California
5:12 am — Wednesday, 15 February 2017
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