Some light-weight Friday stuff. I don't think I've seen this before - Xooglers - 'A gathering spot for ex-Googlers to reminisce and comment on the latest developments in search.'

From the pen of one Doug Edwards, Director of Consumer Marketing and Brand Management for Google from 1999 to 2005, who, in his words, is now 'a randomly posting blogger and a full-time dad.'

Opening paragraph:

So, now I was Google's online brand manager. What exactly did that mean? I didn't have a clue, and evidently no one else did either. It was as if some corporate biological alarm clock had gone off: "You know, we're at that point where we need to have somebody to do all that stuff that's not engineering. Let's get us some of them marketing folks. And since the world is divided between online and offline, we'll get one of each."


Nice find

Nice find, Mat.

Must be nice...

"From 1999 to 2005 I was [a Google employee]...Now, I'm a randomly posting blogger and a full-time dad. My life is good."

Can you say cashing out your stock options. 5 years is typical timeframe for them all to be vested. He could have nearly retired after only cashing out a year or two's worth of vesting. Guy in that former position probably got between 5K and 25K shares (more than likely the upper end since typical common developer types get around the 5K mark or so with a decent salary). They were probably granted at an outragious amount like 50 cents a share or so too.


I don't blame him.... once

I don't blame him.... once you become a millionaire from those Google shares what is there to do but look after the kids and blog? Sounds perfect to me.



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