Is There No One At Google Who Knows How To Say “No”?

Google, in an email to those that pre-ordered a Nexus Q:

We also heard initial feedback from users that they want Nexus Q to do even more than it does today. In response, we have decided to postpone the consumer launch of Nexus Q while we work on making it even better.

Google amazes me and not in a good way. They are one of the largest, most powerful, most important companies on the planet, yet:

– They spend the time and money to prepare a device that has glaring deficiencies.

– They take a lot of time from Google I/O to demo the device.

– They allow customers to pre-order the device.

– They then pull the device because they discover what everyone has known from the get-go: That the Nexus Q was a flawed concept that was Dead On Arrival (DOA).

Is there no one at Google who knows how to say “no”?

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John Kirk

John R. Kirk is a recovering attorney. He has also worked as a financial advisor and a business coach. His love affair with computing started with his purchase of the original Mac in 1985. His primary interest is the field of personal computing (which includes phones, tablets, notebooks and desktops) and his primary focus is on long-term business strategies: What makes a company unique; How do those unique qualities aid or inhibit the success of the company; and why don’t (or can’t) other companies adopt the successful attributes of their competitors?

780 thoughts on “Is There No One At Google Who Knows How To Say “No”?”

  1. So you are saying Google really did introduce the Nexus Q? I thought it was a creation of The Onion News!

  2. Google has said publicly that they are not afraid of failure. I think that explains the Nexus Q.

    Still, bringing out a product that’s priced at three times the competition and does less is a bit strange, even for them.

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