Ever wonder about what might have happened, had Sergey and Larry kept executive control of Google? Ever think about what the cloud could be like in the near future, should many 20-somethings keep control of key pieces of infrastructure?
It’s a bit ageist, but it’s one of these biases and discriminatory that has had some credence. After all, we don’t let toddlers drive around in mini motorcycles with 5 horsepower engines for no reason. No matter how much of a genius a prodigy might be, we wouldn’t let a teenager execute on a complex neurological surgical plan.
But in a sense, some of our youths are manning a critical piece of infrastructure ["infrastructure," like a nuclear plant is "infrastructure"]—albeit private infrastructure… maybe not so private. We do share quite a bit of information with some of these datacenters. Amazon’s got a slew of demographic and commercial information on us. So does Google, Facebook—of course—, Microsoft, etc.
And with Facebook’s IPO in May, you’ve gotta wonder: though this is completely condescending, is there any credence to the question: is there enough “parental control” in place over at Facebook?
Sure he’s got a board behind him, to coddle and make sure that Zuckerberg doesn’t fall too far to one side; he’s got his CFO and COO. But still, there he is. The Dalai Lama of a website that accounts for close to 1% of all internet traffic in the world.
Well, if you’ve ever wondered, we’re about to find out. This summer in the States, Facebook’s required to report earnings to the investing public for the first time. Let’s just hope it’s not a day that’s as clumsy as its first day of trading.