The Sunday Paper 2018.01.27
Pictured above: Falcon Heavy static fire
Why I left Google - Steve Yegge on Medium (I'm curious to hear people's opinions of this piece.)
To be fair, there are exceptions. Google’s Cloud Spanner, BigQuery, TensorFlow, Waymo and a few others are generational innovations and will take some time for the industry to catch up with. But they do not excuse nor justify the parade of failed me-too consumer products that Google has been launching of late.
In short, Google just isn’t a very inspiring place to work anymore. I love being fired up by my work, but Google had gradually beaten it out of me.
I'm curious what people think about this article.
When is a meatball not a meatball? In corruption case testimony, apparently. - The New York Times
"There's a mountain lion nearby, but it didn't notice you because it's reading Facebook."
Re: the post from the ex-Googler, it's just a long-form advertisement.
He starts out by acknowledging that he's moved to a new product/company, but doesn't tell you what it is. He talks about Google becoming "competitor-focused" rather than "customer focused [sic]." But who, exactly, are Google's customers? It's certainly not most of us, which he seems to be implying. Given Google's revenues, they seem to be pleasing their actual customers just fine. Then he goes on to criticize other big tech companies, sometimes while ignoring how they're different from Google, or by exaggerating their failures. (Amazon's same-day delivery, we're told, only applies to "a few SKUs in a few cities," so is basically worthless, evidently.)
Once he's done that, he can get to the money shot: why his new company is oh so much better. How excited he is to work there, how amazing and ahead of the curve they are, while also making sure to get in plenty of digs at Uber, their biggest competitor.