Marissa Mayer, Google's first female engineer and one of the first 20 hires, was recently interviewed on "Digg Dialogg" and asked what she considered Google's biggest mistakes:
- "Google Wave. Certainly there were things that we've learned from that, there were things that we would have done differently."
- "Shutting down DejaNews.com at 11 a.m. on a Monday morning, and not really having anywhere to post to or browse usegroups was perhaps a mistake"
- "Launching Gmail on April Fools day was widely misinterpreted. ... It wasn't a mistake as we planned it. It was just a mistake in how we executed."
Here's the full interview:
And, a Google Graveyard, infographic from WordStream infographic (click image for full size version).