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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



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Fantastic. 
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Two ERs on my first freebie pulls from #SpaceCity? I'll take'em!

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'Broken Game Center' is Infernobot's cousin! cousin https://www.neonmob.com/set/weird-world/infernobot/520262/ How so I wish lol :p
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This is pretty cool tech...
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Happy Easter
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Went to this cocktail bar in Paris last night called Sherry Butt where I ordered the Original Old Fashioned — which came with diamond-shaped, perfectly-clear ice!
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Wonder if it was molded or just chipped... were there other drinks with little pyramid shaped ice?
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Spotted at Cask. Haven't tried it, and didn't know it existed! #vodka
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Designers, rejoice! Sketch 3 is out!
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yes!
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Had the Yellow King at Blackbird Bar. It's super interesting. Wish I had fresh thyme to finish mine, otherwise it's a bit on the sweet side.

http://barnotes.co/recipes/the-yellow-king

By Matt Grippo

Ingredients
1.5 oz Aveze gentian liquor
.75 Cocchi Americano
.75 Dolin Dry

Preparation
Add ingredients to mixing glass, add ice, stir, strain into coupe. Garnish with thyme crown.

Thyme is a flat circle.....
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Powdered alcoholic drinks anyone?
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"Our new book, The Next America, draws on this research to paint a data-rich portrait of the many ways our nation is changing and the challenges we face in the decades ahead." — from +Pew Research Center  #nextamerica  
Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.
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Genuine. Truly.
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C'mon folks, its ok.  This is less a critique and more a hey we got footage that can be used in every kind of spot.  Sure its cheeky on their part but hey, that's why it keeps being shared and plus'd. 
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  • NeonMob
    Head of Community & Growth, 2013 - 2013
  • Google
    UX Designer, 2012 - 2013
    I'm a UX designer on the Google+ Profiles, Pages, and Platform team.
  • Google
    Developer Advocate, 2009 - 2011
    I served as a developer advocate on the Google+ Platform and then helped to create the Google Developers (developers.google.com) brand, website, and product vision.
  • Citizen Space
    Owner
  • Flock
    Experience Architect
  • Citizen Agency
    Co-founder, consultant
  • Mozilla
    Designer
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Agent of free will. Invented the #hashtag. Not the actor.
Introduction
Chris Messina lives in San Francisco and is known for inventing the hashtag, starting the BarCamp and coworking communities, and advancing technology initiatives such as OpenIDOAuthActivity Streams, and microformats. He previously worked at Google on Google+ as a UX designer and developer advocate.
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