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Monday, April 05, 2004

GMail: It's 'uge

Rich Skrenta weighs in on the platform aspects of GMail and why it gives them a jump on competitors. Google Search needed to be built around breakthroughs in computing power and storage that would allow maximum searchability and speed for minimum cost. So it goes with GMail. Imagine keyword-searching your mail in a web-based setting and retrieving everything you need within a second or two. Compare that with the 45-90 second search time on Yahoo Mail, and a $60 price difference to the end user for one-tenth the storage. If Google's ability to scale what Skrenta calls "a single, very large, custom computer" is really as good as some think, it's little wonder this company might enjoy an inflated IPO valuation of 15X revenues.

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