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Gettin' Outta Dodge: Crowley Leaves Google

If you're a young entrepreneur tempted to get bought by a big company because you think it will be a safe, supporting place to help nuture your idea, talk to Dennis Crowley:

"It's no real secret  that Google wasn't supporting dodgeball the way we expected.  The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us..."

Dennis had hinted about his departure back at SXSW and I'm sure the growth of Twitter didn't help make him feel any better about being stuck in a place that wasn't helping Dodgeball innovate. 

I think it's fair to say that if you get your startup bought by someone, you should pretty much consider it to be the end of innovation and, if nothing else, the beginning of monetization.  That's why  I hope Ev and Biz  take an investment from a VC for Twitter (I hear there's a great VC firm in NYC, btw...)  and get enough resources to help it really grow.  Let it ride boys... because no one likes wondering what coulda been from inside a big corporate cube.

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