Here’s what happens with highly paid people with big egos and small imaginations make decisions – They solve problems that don’t exist.
Amazon.com, rightful owner of Alexa.com data, shut down the very helpful Statsaholic.com Web service. Statsaholic only exists because the people at Alexa weren’t building all the features that people wanted to use. Now Amazon has blocked Statsaholic, and are copying those features into Alexa.com.
In a MBA Case Study (especially a Harvard one), this is probably the smart response. And in 2 years, will anyone really care? But we start losing innovation when the "Microsoft problem" permeates across other companies. When people think, ‘Well it’s useless to do something new because someone big will just steal it from me later anyway," the whole web economy takes a step backward. Out of all the challenges Amazon can go solve, I don’t get why "Screwing Statsaholic" should be at the top of the list. Plus, marketing guru Seth Godin is somehow associated with Statsaholic, so I’m not sure why you would want to make an enemy of him.
In the meantime, there’s a Mozilla hack that gets Statsaholic working again. Check it out here.