If Facebook and Google partner with each other, then there has to be a non-profit motive behind that, as in business these companies are rivals to each other. The two web giants, along with others, have joined forces to “celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship in the U.S.” and the man who promises to bolster such an initiative is none other than Barrack Obama, the president of United States. Obama is interested in this venture because he wants to create growth prospects for American citizen.
This joint initiative — Startup America — was announced by the White House on Monday and aims to invigorate entrepreneurship and economical growth. This joint effort will be chaired by Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL. Funding isn’t an issue for this partners which includes, other than Facebook and Google, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Kauffman Foundation. Though some are sceptic about the initiative’s effectiveness, since U.S Government is involved, hopefully it will live up to the expectation.
Amongst the partners, Facebook will arrange 12 Startup Days in 2011. The event will take place once in a month and will give design support and tech related backups to those startups, who are looking forward to build new applications on Facebook’s platform. This Startup Days will take place on all the major cities of the country. Other than promising to help the startups, Facebook said that it will continue giving support to open source communities.
Facebook’s Douglas Purdy announced in a blogpost:
As part of our commitment, we plan to host 12 Startup Days in 2011 to provide early-stage companies with engineering and design support on the Facebook Platform. Startup Days are monthly events for entrepreneurs to work and hack with us to build new apps and websites that incorporate the latest social technologies.
In addition, we plan to stay active within open source communities and are proud of what we’ve contributed in the past. Open source technologies continue to be important to startups that are scaling and growing quickly. They allow entrepreneurs to spend more time working on their products.
It’s not that Facebook’s involvement in this partnership is totally without interest. Since the entrepreneurs will be working on Facebook’s platform, if their efficiency level is given a boost, the inside resources and building new apps for the social network will be aided.
Since this is a joint venture and targeted to champion the entrepreneurs, they will expectedly come out in a good shape and it will be good for the country also.