Google scoops up Joe Gregorio
Google does a lot of smart things, but one of the smartest is figuring out what technologies they have a strategic interest in, and picking off the people behind those technologies: Guido van Rossum (Python), Ben Goodger (Firefox), Andrew Morton (Linux kernel), etc. Sure, all of the stuff those guys work on is open source so you don’t need to employ them to take advantage of their work. But open source projects, like all nontrivial software projects, are at least as much about people as they are about source code and Google definitely seems to grok that.
Microsoft isn’t clueless to this either–we picked up Jim Hugunin (IronPython) and John Lam (RubyCLR), two guys who were running open source projects to bring scripting languages to the .NET platform. But I think it happens less often because so much of our strategic technology comes from the inside.
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