Innovation – at the heart of great companies

Well I should say, innovation AND execution. Google is one of those companies that has obviously executed very well while at the time continues to foster wonderful innovation amongst its employees. Microsoft has done so well because it is a great marketer and has a lot of money. But also, it keeps pushing out new products.
Without fresh innovation – companies die.
USA Today has a story that reads in part: Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, addressing a technology conference in Monterey, California, on Saturday, said they encourage their employees to pursue their own ideas and projects. The company tracks the results with an internal list known as the “Google Top 100,” they said.