Clayton Christensen is speaking at the University of Utah Gould Lecture Series on March 29th at noon. His concepts are brilliant and need to be understood by anyone in business. (Although they apply to government, education, and many other areas of life as well.) (Thanks Ben for letting me know about this.)
I don't mind criticism when it is private and communicated with a motivation to help. In fact, I've been very grateful in my life for harsh private advice that helped me change my course. I know I have a ton of weaknesses. That's why I try to learn so much and work so hard. And I've got a long ways to go. But anonymous public criticism, or behind the back complaining, is both cowardly and unproductive. I am not sure if it makes the critic feel good inside, or feel smarter or better than the person they are tearing down. I certainly don't understand it or like it.
Provo Labs will soon announce a distributed search engine system that will enable hundreds of web sites to "host" massive databases (like Wikipedia, Edgar filings, dictionaries, reference and travel data, legal data, images collections, and more) on their own sites, with just a few minutes of setup. We believe this will enable web sites (such as universities, schools and libraries as well as consumer web sites) to keep their site visitors longer and attract more visitors as well. One of our approaches will also help web sites share revenue with us. So there are multiple benefits.