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Bezos and O'Reilly 2.0 16

theodp writes "Looks like Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly are investing together again, and this time it has nothing to do with patent reform. In Bezos Goes Web 2.0 Wild, Private Equity Week's Alexander Haislip reports that Explore Holdings, which as of late has been doing business as Bezos Expeditions, is one of 19 investors that have pumped $34.3M into O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures."
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Bezos and O'Reilly 2.0

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  • by RickRussellTX (755670) on Sunday January 28, 2007 @03:51PM (#17791474)
    Fine, mod me into obscurity for my opinions.

    My point is that I wouldn't trust Jeff Bezos to find the best tech investments, because his own company is doing a such a poor job of maintaining their own database, even in their core business. Do a search on something as simple as a book title (say, "War of the Worlds") then try and wade through the bizarre results. Of the top 5, one of them is actually a paperback copy of H. G. Wells' _The War of the Worlds_. Two of them are peripherally related (an illustrated version and a collection of short stories that includes it, I guess), and two results are not related in any way. In fact, most of the search results are for books on World War II, with copies of _The War of the Worlds_ buried in the search results.

    Can I sort by book title? No. Can I exclude books with the wrong title? No. Can I sort by availability? No. Sort by author? No. Can I put quotes around the title and do an exact text search? No. Even in its core business, Amazon's site is only passable. And things haven't really changed or improved since the late 90s. I mean, what kind of book store doesn't let you search by author?

    Search for CDs, for DVDs -- all the same problems. Get out of those core areas, and things get MUCH worse. Dozens of "unavailable" entries mixed into the search returns, bad specs listed for products, etc.

    In summary, I don't think that Mr. Bezos would recognize a Web 2.0 application if it walked up and smacked him in the ear. I imagine he's a fine person, but I wouldn't take his investment advice for Web companies. He can't keep his own house in order.

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