Barry Diller: “Google is irrelevant to us”
- May 30, 2008
- by Latitude
It must be some good stuff they’re sprinkling on the cornflakes at the All Things D conference in San Diego. How else to explain IAC chief Barry Diller’s insistence that Google is “irrelevant” to the bottom line of his company, which owns Ask.com? Considering how integral relevance is to Google’s business, they might have been quite insulted…if the remark wasn’t so risible. It gets better.
The [search] market is not going to be controlled by one party…I believe our product is in most respects better than Google and it gives you an ability to make a claim…If you keep at it, have good purpose and a good product, it will stand the test of time.
Diller talks much more sensibly on Microsoft’s (so far) failed acquisition of Yahoo:
It seems to me that if you fire a gun, making a hostile bid, the bullet has to land in the heart or can’t imagine firing it off.