From the archives: Google would be “crazy” to buy YouTube
We are sharing resources from the ONA archives throughout 2019, as we celebrate 20 years of inspiring innovation in journalism.
At the ONA conference in 2006, entrepreneur Mark Cuban kicked off his keynote address by saying that Google would be “crazy, crazy, crazy” to acquire YouTube. “A site that is built on copyright fraud is set up to fail, and [YouTube] is going to get crushed,” he said. Google purchased YouTube two days later. Read the recap of Mark’s talk, in which he also advised news organizations to focus less on the technology and more on quality.