In 1996, two grad students at Stanford University began an ambitious – some said crazy – new project: Index the sprawling new phenomenon known as ‘the internet.’ The fundamental driving principle of this platform? Open access to information.
Sixteen years later, Google still believes in open technology and the tremendous possibilities it can still deliver. ‘Innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers,’ are just a few of the fruits of openness. While a web that enables ‘a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses’ unleashes unlimited opportunities. That’s how former Google SVP Jonathan Rosenberg put it in ‘The Meaning of Open,’ a 2009 blog post that he revisits in this issue of Think Quarterly. He reflects on a world where achieving the impossible doesn’t sound so crazy anymore.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Think Quarterly and agree that there’s never been a more exciting time to be open... for business, for innovation, for making the impossible happen.