Should I Stay Or Should I Go(ogle) Now?

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Google's challenge: Prevent the exodus - will Google inevitably turn into a suitplex as the l33t young things that started it are now able to cash in beyond all dreams of avarice?

Less than three years after going public, Google is confronting one of the more confounding consequences of its phenomenal success: a potential brain drain if its earliest — and richest — employees quit after earning the right to cash in the last of the stock options that made them millionaires.

Does this now describe Matt?

Google's story is also a case study of how companies must learn to manage overnight millionaires who think more like "volunteers" because they're no longer motivated primarily by pay and can quit at any time.

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Cutts has already mentioned

Cutts has already mentioned thinking about what's going to come after Google. If I were in his position, young and comfortable enough to consider whatever the heck you'd like, I'd be doing the same thing.

The motivation hasn't changed

for some - create something that significantly impacts the world. They did that with Google. Now they have the means to move on and try to catch lightning in a bottle on their own. Matt has to be beyond tired of answering the same questions over and over again.

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If I were young and rich, I sure as hell would not be working... for anyone but myself.

I'm old and poor, and I still would not work for anyone but me.

I'm still enjoying myself,

I'm still enjoying myself, and I like that I get to work with great folks at Google + roam the blogosphere. My wife may ask to see more of me at some point, but that's okay; I enjoy spending time with her too. :)

Please Stay Matt

Glad to hear you are still happy, Matt. It will be a sad day when/if you eventually leave Google. Out of pure selfishness - I hope you never quit. We need a Matt Cutts-like rep at every search engine.

Any chance you and the wife will be producing mini-Cutters soon? I hear Microsoft is willing to sign your kids for future employment now (it would be like your kid going to a rival college, maybe worse).

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>>>"I'm still enjoying myself..."

In the long run that is all that matters.

Someone once said, "Your very lucky indeed, if you are able to find a way to earn a living, at something you enjoy doing."

Peeeuuuuuke

A real live Cutlet

Quote: Google's story is

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Google's story is also a case study of how companies must learn to manage overnight millionaires who think more like "volunteers" because they're no longer motivated primarily by pay and can quit at any time.

As many hours as they work, I'd assume they already think like volunteers.

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Any chance you and the wife will be producing mini-Cutters soon?

Honestly, webconnoisseur, do you really think that is any of your business?

I'm just...

...living the dream.

:thumbsup

It's only natural to focus

It's only natural to focus on the millionaires, but the real story is the newer hires. If the payoff for hard work and dedication is not better than what the pre-IPO guy in the next cubicle is already enjoying, while being somewhat-less-than-driven in his job, there will be "productivity issues".

It's quaint to say the riches draw them out of their jobs, but I'd bet it's the competition from the hungry and possibly resentful wannabees that make it not worth keeping up.

Microsoft went through

Microsoft went through exactly the same thing years ago. History says it's when Google's pre IPO staff start wearing "FY-IFV" badges, that's when Google really has a problem....

Matt Cutts Irreplaceable?

The good pr this guy generates for google is phenomenal. A geniunely good guy and people notice and respect it. If google loose this guy they loose for me an identity and become just another faceless global company.

>>just another faceless global company.

What about the 3 dorky looking guys that run it? You can't forget those faces, nice chaps that they might be :)

Slyolddog They can't communicate with the outside world

The guys that run google can't communicate, never have been able too.

Prove me wrong Larry and Sergi

Prove me wrong Larry and Sergi, just for the hell of it reply to this post.

Theres more to life than

Theres more to life than selling sugar water to webmasters. ;)

So is hardball larry or sergi?

Or the other chap?

I am Sergie and have been

I am Sergie and have been lurking and posting here under MaxD. Sorry for keeping you in the dark for so long guys ;)

Sycophants & Snake Oil

I'm astonished at the occasional sycophantic bullshit here.
Personable as some of the SE reps appear to be, absolutely non of them are irreplaceable from the company perspective. I think we need to separate pleasant personalities from the need to look after shareholders and not get fooled to often. They'll all only go so far and at the end of the day they are inevitably paid to take care of business. If all of these multi millionaires upped sticks and disappeared into the sun, the business would still continue - they have critical mass and could get the best, the very best in no time at all.

My wife may ask to see more

My wife may ask to see more of me at some point, but that's okay; I enjoy spending time with her too. :)

You could always set up a consultancy with her at some point. Anna and I did that - it's been three years now and it's still not a problem

/checking she's not looking at my screen - though I do miss the after-work drinks, you can't use that 'work' excuse any more ;)

Max D

:) :)

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