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Just a reminder to founders who think they can sell their companies and keep their product visions intact:

Acquiring companies often kill products.

Witness today's casualty, Aardvark.

Once upon a time, Vark was one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley.

Now their product sleeps with the fishes...

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It's notable that neither Vark nor Slide had any discernible influence on the design of Google+, nor were the talented folks in those teams involved in the development of Google+.

What did Google pay all that cash for? The right to shut these companies down.

Why did Google buy them? The world may never know.

For what it's worth, both Vark and Slide were rounding errors compared with the biggest Google acquisitions -- and compared with how much cash Google has.

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