All too often in life, whistleblowers and those leaking information are persecuted. In some circumstances, it’s a backwards approach. Take for example, Sony and their approach to hackers (or AT&T). Sony prosecutes hackers to the fullest extent of the law and then only after throwing the legal book at them, make a half-assed attempt to give them some intern-ish job. Google does things differently it seems. They see the value in taking someone who has immense knowledge on a particular subject, and one that might be a slight headache for their company, and turns their efforts into good works for the company in question. What are we talking about exactly?
Yesterday it was made known that infamous Chrome (browser and OS) leaker Fançois Beaufort was hired by Google as their new “open source Chromium evangelist”. His new role will include keeping the world up to date on the latest Chrome browser and OS news (albeit, in less subversive ways) as well as update us all on the Chrome team and culture.
For Google, they’ve managed to take a recurring, potentially bad thing (their unannounced products being constantly leaked) and turned it into something good – someone spreading their excitement and joy for Google products with others.
If only more companies took this approach *cough* Sony *cough* AT&T *cough* maybe they’d had more time and resources to put towards worthwhile things instead of senseless litigation in a courtroom.
Via: The Verge