Saturday, July 21, 2012

The other real reason we're upset about Sparrow's acquisition

The big tech news the other day was Google's purchase of Sparrow - a popular email client. Future development on Sparrow will be limited to critical bug fixes. In The real reason we’re upset about Sparrow’s acquisition, Rian van der Merwe argues that we expect small companies with no long-term business model to get bought out, but sustainable companies that we support with real money are "supposed" to resist the temptation. His theory sounds pretty solid to me. However, I think there's another way to think about it that explains some of the angst:

The Sparrow developers used to work for us, but Google hired them away by offering more money.