My own thoughts about it were expressed thus:
[…] The idea of Quaero is a terrific one. Yet I can’t imagine anything more oxymoronic than “government-backed search engine.”
Loic Le Meur – a Frenchman – has posted a withering commentary on this oxymoron, lambasting the French government in the process.
Headline points from Loic’s 10 reasons why the French search engine will fail:
- Can’t spell it.
- Secret versus beta.
- No buzz, no adoption.
- A galaxy of actors who compete to get the subventions and don’t get much noticed for their latest web innovations.
- Not really international.
- A neverending story.
- Not enough euros.
- Subventions euros are not worth venture capital euros.
- Google is a thousand startups
See Loic’s post for the excruciating details.