Yahoo is “intelligent design”; Google is “blind evolution.” I had this backwards at first; thanks John and Jane for setting me straight. I finally had time to listen to the audio so here’s a more detailed version: “Google is blind evolution. They have this … users-in-charge, bubble-up philosophy. Their employees can come up with ideas. There’s this kind of Darwinian internal selection process. â€¦ They have a very clear vision; theyâ€™re not quite north to the North Pole. They’re going west, they’re going forward but they’re blind evolution; they don’t really see where they’re going. Neither do we â€¦ Yahoo, on the other hand, is intelligent design. They have the vision of what they’re trying to build â€¦ . Two very, very different models. The other thing that’s really different is Google sees communication as a medium for the distribution of information. â€¦ whereas Yahoo, they see information as a medium of communication among people. They get people. They get communities and individuals in a way that Google really doesn’t. Google is blindingly clever. â€¦ You have very, very different models of the world. I like them both, and think they will both persist.”
Finally, someone not expressing preference, but understanding differences.