The folks at Google would have you believe that they've modeled their company on the principles of Warren Buffett.But investor beware: The more appropriate comparison is Willy Wonka. In their
Tech PlaygroundThe parallels between Wonka and Google's founders are striking. Both Wonka and the Googlers are legendarily secretive. Both have utter control over their operations and plan to keep it that way -- Page and Brin through a two-class stock structure, and Wonka by giving his factory to a child who will listen to him, not to a grown-up who "will try to do things his own way and not mine." Both are obsessed with their research labs: Wonka has his Television Chocolate and his Everlasting Gobstoppers; Google encourages employees to spend 20% of their time on research and development, and calls its Google Labs Web site "our playground for our engineers and for adventurous Google users."