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Google war stories [May. 23rd, 2006|03:04 pm]
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... so I am visiting a couple of good friends at Google. Sampling the food, so to say. We are trying to select a least crowded table in their mecca-of-a-cafeteria. Finally we end up at a table with five other people, when I notice that one of them is Udi_Manber, who until recently was a CEO of Amazon's A9 before being hired by Google a couple of months ago. So I tell my friend "do you know who is sitting at this table?". "Of course I do" answers my friend. Right after this, a guy on my right turns around and then conversation proceeds as follows

Guy: Hi guys! What do you do around here?
Friend1: I am doing ...
Friend2: And I am doing ....
Me: And I am just visiting here, and I must say the food is really good!
Guy: And what do you do?
Me: Oh, I am a software engineer in a startup near by.
Friend1: "..and a pretty good one"
Guy: Why don't you come work for Google?
Me: Maybe I should apply, the food is excellent here [trying to be funny]. And what do you do around here?
Guy: [after a brief pause]... Well, I just do different odd jobs.

Conversation ends here, the guy turns around to continue his conversation with Udi and others, while my friend explains to me that I have just asked Larry Page "what he is doing around here". As I now think about it, this was probably the single most absurd question one could ask Google co-founder in Google cafeteria, and I must admit the answer was right on the mark for this situation...

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[User Picture]From: sashamalchik
2006-05-23 11:08 pm (UTC)
я бы таким позором не хвастался - не знать как выглядят google founders and ceo, men on the covers of every magazine in the country at some point in time except maybe for Cosmopolitan.
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[User Picture]From: dym
2006-05-23 11:17 pm (UTC)
Not to mention Dilbert comics... (Although Scott Adams really screwed that one up. I can't tell who is Larry and who is Sergey.)
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-23 11:25 pm (UTC)
normalno iluha 5 ballov. shto eto za chelovek takoi shto ne mog tebe obyasnit chego on delaet?
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-24 12:03 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: village_rabbi
2006-05-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
dude, что-то ты не подготовился :). Не знать в лицо Larry Page'a - автоматически no hire :).
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-23 11:50 pm (UTC)
i was not there do get hired :) An I think it was cool in an absurd sort of way. What would you say to Larry given 2 minutes?
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[User Picture]From: grandcheburator
2006-05-24 12:33 am (UTC)
Now, hypothetically-speaking, you heard this story except weren't told it happened to vango, would you guess as much? :))

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[User Picture]From: zheleznyak
2006-05-24 07:47 am (UTC)
now I know what does it take you to write to lj
...truth to be said, that was probably a good reality check to him :) -- except for few nerds, most normal people (like me, he-he) would not recognise the guy either :))
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-24 06:40 pm (UTC)
well, remeber it was a Google cafeteria, not really a place for "normal" people. You can safely assume Sergey and Larry cafe a demi-God like status in Google, so knowing how they look is essential part of the culture. "narod dolzhen znat' svoix geroyev". But overall it is a very unique situation in companies like Google and Yahoo, where you can easily encounter and talk to people that in any other situation would be willingly or unwillingly separated from you by various society and communication barriers
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[User Picture]From: uzheletta
2006-05-24 11:17 am (UTC)
1. Chto zhe ty tam delal (if not to get hired?)

2. off: help me with mp3files plz? gde oni berutsya. hochu horoshuju
kollekciju horoshej muzyki v poka ne kuplennom i-pod :)
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[User Picture]From: evemaru
2006-05-24 01:47 pm (UTC)
1) вариант 1: скачать с другого айпода, если таковой есть, нужно спец. софт, то есть загрузить чьюто чужую коллекцию.
2) вариант 2, скопировать CD в ITunes. Дальше с ITunes уже на IPod.
- то есть твоя коллекция должна быть в компе. а дальше ты уже синхронизируешь с айподом.
3) если хочешь надыбать музыки в инете, то надо идти в newsgroups или еще кудато, и искать...

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[User Picture]From: evemaru
2006-05-24 01:50 pm (UTC)
Прикольная история. А мне кажется как раз шансы быть hired от подобной истории вовсе не уменьшились.
Не поленилась, и пошла посмотреть на фотографию Larry.
Что нам журналы, мы их не читаем... хорошее лицо у человека, доброе.
Неужели в долине все друг друга знают?
А сколько русских работает в Гугле, и трудно ли туда попасть?
Я гдеьто читала про то, как они проводят интервью. Сурово!
but they are the best !
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-24 06:33 pm (UTC)
The valley is indeed small. Every time I go to an intrview there is always someone there who knew someone who worked with me in a previous company. Russian tech. community is even tighter here. One or two degrees of separation is pretty much guaranteed.

In terms of the number of russians at Google, I would guess 200-300 not counting their new Moscow office they are opening up right now. The interview process is very rigorous, and is different in a certain way. They first hire you, and then tell you what you will do. Pretty much managers get their picks from new hires, sort of like NBA drafts :)
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-24 06:48 pm (UTC)
Depends on the objective. Potentially I could have shared with him some of the world domination schemes I have in mind, but lack operational funds and infrastructure to implement :) But the biggest danger is of course saying one of the top 10 things he hears from random people everyday, which might be either no-content compliments or things that are interesting for you to find out, but not interesting for him to explain to everyone.
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[User Picture]From: alamoana
2006-05-24 05:19 pm (UTC)
I had much more embarassing incident whis the director of my institute just when I came ;-))).
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[User Picture]From: vango
2006-05-24 06:48 pm (UTC)
I think this is as good of the time to share as any :). We will keep it between friends here...
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