“Going Google” is the phrase companies use when they choose to move over to Google Apps for some of their IT needs. I will be "going Google" on a more personal level — I have accepted a position in Product Management at Google! We are still working on the details of exactly what I will be working on but it will be something in cloud/web development space and I will be based here in Kirkland/Seattle.
Why did I make this transition?
I needed a change personally, to learn something new, see the tech world from a fresh perspective. And what better place than Google! As I look at where things are going in the industry (and where I think they should go), it is clear that the web, and cloud+devices specifically, are the dominant trends of the future. Working at Google will give me an opportunity to have a deep and meaningful impact on that future.
Google has benefited more than any other company from the rapid growth of the web and as such they have a responsibility to help the web grow to the next level. I am excited to see what that will look like: from the ubiquity of the rich web with HTML5 to the maturing of the cloud as an integral part of every company’s IT portfolio to open, powerful personal devices to help us navigate it all anywhere. I am excited to work at Google to help make the future arrive sooner
As far as exactly what I will do – I don’t know yet. But I have a huge passion for building and releasing software and love the developer space. I am super excited that my first week at Google will be spent at Google I/O. This conference has been sold out for weeks, so I guess the only way you can attend now is to join Google ;-). If you are going, I’d love to connect. I clearly have a lot to learn!
This is obviously a HUGE change for me and I’d love to hear any advice or thoughts you have as I make the transition to being a Noogler (a new Google employee).