“Why I left Google”
James Whittaker, former Engineering Director at Google, offers a first-person diagnosis of the infection making its way through Google, originating in the brain:
The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.
“We’re the biggest startup on the planet.” — Steve Jobs
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“This is the time to do the impossible, because you don’t know enough to know what can’t be done yet.” — You only get one chance to be a beginner – 37signals blog
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“People complain about the cost of software, then act surprised when companies use free products to collect and sell personal data.” — Marco Tabini This. Absolutely this. A thousand times over, this.
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