Tuesday, June 07, 2005

They give you free juice at Google so you can actually get some work done

Like Paul, this was one of my favorite quotes from the surreal NY Times article on how much money everyone supposedly has out here.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founders of Google, were [at the party], so [Andreessen] was able to amuse himself by watching the valley's newest kings as they met their public.

The scene made him think of a study by a Duke University professor that has long fascinated him: monkeys were willing to forego substantial amounts of fruit juice (''That's like crack cocaine to monkeys,'' according to Andreessen) just to stare at a picture of one of their brood's alpha monkeys. ''There was this mob effect around Larry and Sergey,'' Andreessen recalled when we met for a late breakfast one morning at his favorite hangout in a strip mall near his Palo Alto office. ''The pair would try to move, but the crowd just surged with them.