Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Live Labs

Tyrell: You were made as well as we could make you.
Roy: But not to last.
Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You're the prodigal son. You're quite a prize!
Roy: I've done questionable things.
Tyrell: Also extraordinary things. Revel in your time!
-- Blade Runner
And so it ends. Live Labs has finally succumbed, absorbed into Bing, just shy of five years since its creation. It was a wild ride, and the world is better for what we accomplished. Of course we wanted to do so much more, but there's only so far you can push before the world pushes back.

Having been through this before, with MetaCreations, I can say with certainty that the ideas and culture we formed during that brief time will reverberate throughout the industry for years to come. We've had our incubation, now it's time to spread our wings, both inside the company (much potential to be mined in Bing) and outside (the path I chose earlier this year). And so it begins!


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