November 28, 2005

Erann Gat/Ron Garrret is posting the story of his Google experience to Xooglers, “a gathering spot for ex-Googlers to reminisce and comment on the latest developments in search” [via est].

I've been debating with myself whether or not to write about my Google experience at all. It seems like such a self-indulgent thing to do, and, while in retrospect it has certainly turned out quite well, there were some bumps along the way (to put it mildly) and I did some things that I'm not altogether proud of.

On the other hand, I've always enjoyed being on the receiving end of a good inside scoop, so now that I'm in a position to share an experience that others seem to care about I feel like I ought to do so. Besides, they say confession is good for the soul.

Also posting to Xoogler is Doug Edwards, Director of Consumer Marketing and Brand Management for Google from 1999 to 2005.

More from Erann:

Suffice it to say that I attributed a significant portion of my own professional success to my use of Lisp over the years, and I was loath to give it up. But the industry had moved definitively away from Lisp and towards C++ and, in the Web world, Java. I found both of these languages very difficult and frustrating to master, and that was a large factor in my decision to stay at JPL during most of the dotcom boom. Why should I submit myself to all that pain when I had a perfectly good job where I could do as I pleased?

Posted by jjwiseman at November 28, 2005 02:09 AM
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