26 posts and columns on death
Obviously, there’s no benefit to Google. But it’s important to the company to help our families through this horrific if inevitable life event.
– Google “chief people officer” Laszlo Bock in an interview with Forbes, on the death benefit paid to the spouses or domestic partners of deceased Google employees: With 50 percent of their salary for 10 years, immediate stock vesting and $1,000 a month for any surviving children until they reach 19 years old
As someone who lives out most of her life online and revels in the Web, I can tell you it feels very weird not to have an outlet for one of the biggest events of my life to date, right up there with graduating from college, getting jobs, moving to New York, all of which were shared, celebrated, praised on the Internet.
– Jenna Wortham of The New York Times, in a post about discussing death online
News ByteI-Postmortem, which offers sites for not-dead-yet people to create a sort of time capsule of their last wishes and documents stored at a Swiss data warehouse (costing a hefty $120 per year!). What seems problematic about this approach is that start-ups often die much sooner than people.
In any case, I hope Google+ succeeds. Given the blog posts saying this will kill Tumblr, Twitter, Foursquare, etc, you might wonder why I feel that way. Well first, I don’t think competitors kill companies and services. I think the vast majority of “deaths” are self inflicted.
– A VC Fred Wilson, on the newest entrant into social networking game.