But Schmidt's comments are especially ironic given, as Mike pointed out in his post, that Dodgeball's founders very publicly dissed Google and quit their jobs.
Google obviously sees its future in wireless, yet Google has yet to do anything interesting with SMS-social networking service Dodgeball, one of the most promising early Mobile 2.0 startups.
Some Web insiders are beginning to think that Google may not be so good at integrating startups. Certainly the YouTube acquisition hasn't panned out all that well. And Google has acquired a lot more startups than Dodgeball, and we haven't heard much from most of them, either.
On the other hand, Google may be using Dodgeball's technology to develop new applications we don't know about. What do you think? Did Google just mess up the integration of Dodgeball? Or did it buy the company just for the technology with no real plans to grow the product?