Google · Startups

Does google take on outside ideas?

Jermaine McDonald Student at New York University

November 28th, 2016

Can a outside individual pitch a idea for a platto google?
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David Austin Relentless problem solver and innovator.

November 28th, 2016

I seriously doubt it.  They are a very strategy driven company with a very mature vision and well planned execution.  When they make a play on a startup it's only because it's a short cut to what they already want to do.  Of all companies they are probably the least short (or rather they are over-stuffed) with great ideas.  They're more interested in discovering excellent execution, which is the primary reason they might buy-out a company because when they see that (excellent execution) they want to bring into their wheel house.

Donald Steward Owner, Problematics LLC

November 28th, 2016

I had an idea, the Explainer, that I submitted to Google. So they now have it. But they have not acknowledged it except to suggest that they would send it to their KG group. I immediately responded that Google's use of Knowledge Graphs had nothing to do with the Cause-and-Effect Graphs that I use. Nevertheless they did send it to their KG Group who acknowledged that they were not interested, as I had predicted. And that was the end of it. 

But the Cause-and-Effect Graphs were only a side concern to the work on the Explainer that included a discussion of putting the Explainer on a website where knowledgeable people could collaborate to solve problems that people had not been able to solve before and propose their solutions to government where they might be implemented. I provided an economic example. I also showed how the Explainer concept can explain consciousness in animals and could be programed into an Artificial General Intelligence to give the AGI consciousness. They ignored all that and rejected it solely on the grounds that my graph had nothing to do with the graph they used, as I had told them. They have it. I'm left in the cold without even a constructive criticism. They could use it without ever acknowledging its origin. I would like to see them make it available on the web where it could be used to solve many of the problems in the world that have left the world in chaos. If they would put the Explainer on the web, I would be happy even if I were not acknowledged. But I have no way of knowing whether they will.

In short, I AM PISSED. 

Now if someone else were interested in putting the Explainer on the web, I would be interested. It could help make the world a better place. 

I need some help to finish it. At 84 years old, I don't want the idea die with me.

Anyone interested in looking into this? 

steward at problematics dot com   

David Austin Relentless problem solver and innovator.

November 29th, 2016

Donald, I'm sorry to hear of your disappointing experience with Google, though it does substantiate my contention that google may not be the most fruitful place to pitch an idea. I'd really love to hear a success story of someone pitching an idea directly to Google (I may have been a bit harsh in my first response to this thread). I do think you need to approach them with some pedigree, which you have with your algorithm published in an IEEE publication, so you had as good of a chance as anyone .

Regarding your problem solving algorithm getting the credit it is due ...  That might be a good FD thread, if you want to throw it out there for input from and consideration by others.  

Root cause analysis, 8D, fishbone diagrams, FMEA, neural nets and expert systems, etc are a bit up my alley and I'd be happy to discuss some more with you (though I've already exceeded my allowable FD Interaction for today).

Joanan Hernandez CEO & Founder at Mollejuo

November 29th, 2016

Hello Jermaine,

No they don't take outside ideas (is too risky, for many reasons). They do a lot of acqui-hiring though. So, if you want Google (or any other) to take on your idea, you need to first nourish it, deploy it and then caught their attention. Which is no easy task. Thus, all of us here being entrepreneurs.

Best of lucks!

Cheers!