Monday, May 21, 2012

People and Code

While a war for civilisation rages virtually ignored exclusively by this blog, a far more defining struggle has been waged under the radar...

Web startups are made out of two things: people and code. The people make the code, and the code makes the people rich. Code is like a poem; it has to follow certain structural requirements, and yet out of that structure can come art. But code is art that does something. It is the assembly of something brand new from nothing but an idea.

This is the story of a wonderful idea. Something that had never been done before, a moment of change that shaped the Internet we know today. This is the story of Flickr. And how Yahoo bought it and murdered it and screwed itself out of relevance along the way.

Bloody good read: How Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the internet.

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