Simply put, you can't change a company without changing its management - Andy Grove - Only the Paranoid Survive
A BORED Stanford University student who created an instant version of Youtube was surprised when he got a letter from a Youtube boss offering him a job.
Youtube, which is owned by Google, spends millions of dollars on development but somehow failed to see that Google's Instant software could be applied to Youtube.
Stanford student Feross Aboukhadijeh created a real-time search engine for Youtube videos.
Aboukhadijeh released the software by showing it off on Y Combinator's Hacker News feed, a news aggregation site similar to Digg and Reddit. It behaves much the same way Google Instant does.
When a user types in the video they are looking for, the engine guesses the video and begins playing it immediately.
Apparently the software caught the attention of Youtube CEO Chad Hurley and, rather than issue the normal cease and desist, which is common in stories like this, he offered Aboukhadijeh a job.
Hurley Tweeted to Aboukhadijeh, saying he loved the idea and asking if he wanted a job.
Aboukhadijeh sent a message back to find out if Hurley was serious about the offer and it turned out that Hurley was. µ
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ