My dream is that when big companies hear about how friggin’ easy it is to block a patent application, they’ll use Ask Patents to start messing with their competitors. How cool would it be if Apple, Samsung, Oracle and Google got into a Mexican Standoff on Ask Patents? If each of those companies had three or four engineers dedicating a few hours every day to picking off their competitors’ applications, the number of granted patents to those companies would grind to a halt. Wouldn’t that be something!
Along those lines, companies should start giving rewards for contributing to a blocked patent application.
In a somewhat surprising turn of events Glenn Fleishman just bought The Magazine from Marco “The Golden Goose” Arment.
Thus Mr. Arment, in effect, built and incubated the publication, and your faithful editor — as of June 1, editor and publisher — is the beneficiary of that work, which I shall cherish and shepherd. Marco will be an advisor, and I will listen to him, as we all might. Marco has made a variety of interesting decisions in his life that have given him both personal fulfillment and personal success. He’s not telling me yet what he’s working on next, and I can’t wait to see it unveiled before Marissa Mayer buys it and removes its vowels.1
Can’t wait to see where Glenn takes The Magazine and what Marco comes up with next.
I’ve been looking forward to Marco’s take on things since the Tumblr to Yahoo acquisition news came out and I was not disappointed. A great candid and humble look back on his time at Tumblr. Now hopefully John and Casey can get him to discuss things a little further on this week’s Accidental Tech Podcast too.