Babak Nivi, a consultant to Boston-based Atlas Ventures, writes consistently perceptive pieces about Internet technology. Here's his analysis of Google's product strategy (reposted with full permission):
Google takes existing apps (mail, maps, IM, VoIP) and adds one incredible feature that changes the game and leaves the competition scrambling.
- Google Maps had drag-able maps and integrated satellite images.
- GMail was fast and acted like a client-side mail program.
- Google Desktop Search is a file browser that makes “browsing