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(Network World)   Some people would kill for a job at Google. This guy's quit three of them   (networkworld.com) divider line 21
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2012-06-08 11:10:56 AM
I can't fault his logic. I think he's making a smart move, considering Google seems to be stagnating a bit.
 
2012-06-08 11:16:38 AM
1. Get hired by google, learn how to run an effective software company, steal underpants.

2. Leave google to found own company, which is purchased by google shortly thereafter

3. Profit, then goto 1.

Oh. So that's step 2.
 
2012-06-08 11:19:54 AM

taoistlumberjak: I can't fault his logic. I think he's making a smart move, considering Google seems to be stagnating a bit.


This is what stagnation looks like? (pops)
 
2012-06-08 11:26:13 AM
There are brilliant people at Google who are performing far below what they're actually capable of. These are some of the brightest people of our generation who are now working on a little piece of the Google empire - they are not living up to their full potential. I didn't want to be one of them.

Wow. Tooting your own horn by proxy.
 
2012-06-08 11:30:06 AM
*doesn't play well with others*
 
2012-06-08 11:40:45 AM
once a company reaches a certain point asses they slowly become.
 
2012-06-08 11:48:17 AM

nicoffeine: There are brilliant people at Google who are performing far below what they're actually capable of. These are some of the brightest people of our generation who are now working on a little piece of the Google empire - they are not living up to their full potential. I didn't want to be one of them.

Wow. Tooting your own horn by proxy.


Actually, the previous two paragraphs of his really temper your quote. He obviously has a lot of respect for Google, and Larry, but he's right in saying that because Google has become so large that it's not quite the hotbed of innovation that everyone makes it out to be. It's more along the lines of "what Larry wants" vs. "your idea" (which is not how Google originally wanted to be). If you have a very innovative mindset, that might be a major negative to you vs. being able to develop stuff you think is needed.

Considering what happened the last two times he left the company (and that he ended up being bought out by Google because his startup developed a successful product), I think he's entitled to that opinion. Very obviously a bright guy with an innovative sense. The question is whether his observation is tainted since he wasn't the top dog in the organization (which is very possible).

Most people who are innovative are okay playing with others. It's the rules and bureaucracy that get to them. About 90% of the folks who didn't, weren't actually innovative so much as hucksters... they could talk a good game to leadership, but couldn't actually get the idea to work.

Truly innovative people don't walk on water. They figure out how to freeze the pond so that everyone can follow.

/love using that line whenever I hear someone introduce their new purple squirrel.
 
2012-06-08 11:50:48 AM

meathome: Truly innovative people don't walk on water. They figure out how to freeze the pond so that everyone can follow


Death Knights?

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2012-06-08 11:53:38 AM
Is working for Google awesome? I always imagine it falls into the same trap as other tech companies. Hire everyone out of college, have all kinds of freebies at work so your employees never leave, get social lives, etc. so they can spend all their time at work.

Any Farkers have any insider info? I'm curious now.
 
2012-06-08 11:58:27 AM

grinding_journalist: 1. Get hired by google, learn how to run an effective software company, steal underpants.

2. Leave google to found own company, which is purchased by google shortly thereafter

3. Profit, then goto 1.

Oh. So that's step 2.


Close, but Step 1 is:

Step 1: Identify an emerging technology your company will need, but is being way to slow to develop.

Then you make it faster than Google's internal processes would let it make it and get yourself bought out. We have a guy at work who is back in the fold for the sixth time after we bought his parts companies out. He makes serious bank every time, but he also has a stress disorder now. Different choices for different personalities.
 
2012-06-08 12:01:28 PM

PanicAttack: Is working for Google awesome? I always imagine it falls into the same trap as other tech companies. Hire everyone out of college, have all kinds of freebies at work so your employees never leave, get social lives, etc. so they can spend all their time at work.

Any Farkers have any insider info? I'm curious now.


I hear that pretty much sums it up. One of our summer interns came to GM this year instead of Google. He's still somewhat confused by this "We leave before 9 pm and tend not to come in on weekends" thing.
 
2012-06-08 12:05:33 PM
If you're having job problems, he feels bad for you, son. He's got 99 Google offers and he don't want none.
 
2012-06-08 12:15:12 PM

meathome: Truly innovative people don't walk on water. They figure out how to freeze the pond so that everyone can follow.


I've heard that as "Innovative people don't try to walk on water, they build a boat."
 
2012-06-08 12:27:40 PM

grinding_journalist: meathome: Truly innovative people don't walk on water. They figure out how to freeze the pond so that everyone can follow.

I've heard that as "Innovative people don't try to walk on water, they build a boat."


You don't sound Innovative.
 
2012-06-08 01:22:29 PM
Basically, if you want to work for Google you have to be:

If male: graduate degree from a prestigious univ. with 3.8+ GPA White if American, otherwise be from an exotic country and have an accent. Arrogant. Be able to out-Topper the Topper guy from Dilbert.

If female: cute/hot.
 
2012-06-08 01:30:01 PM

nandaiyo: If female: cute/hot.


That applies everywhere.
 
2012-06-08 04:11:00 PM
If everything this guy develops Google just buys, then he works for Google, he just doesn't realize it. Google gets his labor without having to pay him benefits.

They're thrilled when quits because that means their next product is about 2 years down the road.
 
2012-06-08 10:38:37 PM

redpanda2: taoistlumberjak: I can't fault his logic. I think he's making a smart move, considering Google seems to be stagnating a bit.

This is what stagnation looks like? (pops)


Google Earth was the jump, that feature is just that; a feature. If they made a real-time version of Google Earth, complete with constantly updating streetview, then I'd be impressed. And a little creeped out.
 
2012-06-08 10:41:56 PM
You also don't want to be over 40. Of Google's 30K plus employees, around 200 are over 40. http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2010/06/is-google-age-ist/19 485/
 
2012-06-09 03:42:29 AM
By now he's rich enough to do what he wants. Can't blame him, really.
 
2012-06-09 08:24:25 PM
kregh99 : If everything this guy develops Google just buys, then he works for Google, he just doesn't realize it. Google gets his labor without having to pay him benefits.

But when they buy him out, I'm guessing they're paying significantly more than if he had worked for them while developing it.
 
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