Adam Bosworth, describing life post-Google:
"Well, as some seem to know, I’ve left Google. And now that I’ve
left, that old entrepreneurial fever has struck me again and I’m off
working on a startup. Google is a wonderful company and I had a great
time there and had a lot of fun building something I really believe in,
Google Health, which I think has a great potential to change the way
consumers manage their health when it launches. Still, for me, it is
time to start a new company and I’m off and running.
I’ve been dusting off extremely rusty engineering habits and writing
code. Not elegant code to be frank. Just enough to think through my
ideas. Some extremely clear-headed and smart people can work out
everything abstractly in their heads and then just go and implement it.
I’m not one of them. Watching me write code is like watching an
indecisive sculptor work with clay. I shape it. I look. I wince. I
reshape it. I play with it. I wince some more. I ask my friends, nurse
my wounds, and then reshape it yet again. And so on. Constant iterative
development. It takes three tries before it is even close to the way it
should be, best case. I think it is totally worth it. The arguments and
design decisions are just way more concrete and tested."
The Download squad on the impending PHR Wars
"This raises an interesting question. Are doctors going to want to sign
up for Microsoft, Google, ZocDoc, and other online services just to
communicate with their patients? It seems more likely that an
individual doctor or medical practice will pick one service and then
stick with it.
For example, if you take your kid to Fluffy
Bunny pediatrics, you’ll find that the doctors are willing to share all
of your child’s medical records with you over Microsoft HealthVault. If
you sign up for Google Health, you’ll have to get old-fashioned paper
records. Because otherwise, Fluffy Bunny doctors would have to spend
time submitting all of their documents to 2 or more different sites,
which would increase their workload, not decrease it. This, of course
would force health consumers to sign up for multiple services if they
want to make sure they have access to the latest information from all
of their doctors, meaning that you’re the one with a disorganized mess,
not your doctor."