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I'm Feeling Lucky!

It's true. After eight wonderful and life-altering years, I've decided to leave Google to pursue my own adventure. I owe a lifetime of gratitude to +Larry Page +Sergey Brin and +Eric Schmidt and so many others at Google for giving me such an incredible opportunity. I don't know if I'll ever match the learning experience I've had here, but I'm going to give it one hell of a try!

In recent months, I've thought a lot about the younger generation; about the opportunities and challenges they face in navigating their careers and life choices. The result is www.upstart.com, which you'll (hopefully) hear a lot more about in the coming months.
Thanks to all of you who have made my Google experience so wonderful!
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I hope you have a fantastic time and success in your new job! Hey, I'll take your spot at Google. ;)
 
Best of luck Dave. I think your idea is a really fantastic one. I hope you get give a lot of people a great opportunity.
 
Much better goodbye than James Whittaker's. Best of luck to you!
 
Good luck, Dave! Upstart is going to be amazing :-)
 
Bummer! Sad to see you go but happy to see you working on something so useful. :) Best of luck!
 
Best of luck-- I look forward to hearing more about your new venture!
 
When +Dave Girouard started 8 years ago, cloud=condensend water, Google=consumers & MSFT=monopoly in enterprise productivity. He helped usher in a new era for business software, congrats on a remarkable run.
 
Good for you, Dave! I wish you all the best in your new venture (adventure). :-)
 
I wish you nothing but the best of luck, in anything you do.. ;-)
 
congratulations +Dave Girouard and I know that upstart is going to make a huge impact, just like your work at Google has!
 
Sad to see you go, but congrats and best of luck!
 
Good luck Dave... we will miss you!
 
Best of luck on the future endeavors! I don't suppose you can share with us who will be taking over on the Apps project? ;)
 
Thank you and the best of luck for your new (ad)ventures!
 
Dave- you were a big reason I came over to Google Enterprise two years ago. Thank you for the tremendous leadership and vision you brought to Google. Best of luck with your new venture!
 
Dave I loved working on your team. Five great years. Thx for making Google a great place for me and so many others. Really excited to see what upstart becomes -- awesome luck!
 
Wow ... never expected this to happen. Thanks for all your leadership in Enterprise both in Sales and on PM side.
 
What...that is something I never expected. I wish you the best of luck Dave G! That's an awesome idea I've heard discussed for higher ed a few times.
 
Dave, so happy for you! I have enjoyed working with you over the years. I'm a big fan of yours. I know you will do well. Excited for you!
 
I'm excited for you, Dave. Look forward to hearing more about @upstart.


 
Dave, you'll be missed. All the best with your new venture! It's great idea for the new generation. 
 
I always enjoyed reading your posts on your experiences at Google! You will be missed +Dave Girouard!!! Good luck on your future endeavors! It seems promising!
 
You will do great, looking forward seeing upstart!
 
Dear Dave - that is sad news for Googlers and you will be totally missed because you are a great guy and fantastic colleague. But I wish nothing but the best for your new and exciting adventure. It is funny, because I am now eight years at Google as well and I have a lot of great memeories of this amazing time. One of them is you, standing on a roof in Munich with a GSA in your hands to get your photo taken. Not sure if you remember tihis, but I certainly do :-) Hope to keep in touch! Good luck with upstart!
 
+Dave Girouard : first, thanks for your great work that had such a positive impact in the live of many people.
I have been following you for almost 2 years (GBuzz, G+) and enjoyed reading and learning from you.
I went to www.upstart.com and registered to learn more.
All the best Dave and hope to hear from upstart soon.
 
Best wishes, Dave. From my own experience I know it's pretty difficult to leave the mother ship, but it can be rewarding as well!
 
Good luck +Dave Girouard, Upstart seems to be a good idea! Hope that you can grow it as much as you grew Google Enterprise...
 
+Dave Girouard thank you for everything you have done so far. Your work has made an impact on many people and I am one of those. All the best on your new endeavor.
 
Sad to hear you're leaving Dave. Best of luck in your new endeavors and thanks for the opportunities you gave me and everyone at Google Enterprise. It won't be the same without you.
 
Good Luck Dave. See you on the flip side.
 
We're all looking forward to following the progress of Upstart.com and we're rooting for you!
 
Dave -- thank you for your many, many, many contributions to Google and driving success with Enterprise and Apps. Best wishes in your next adventures!
 
Dave, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back as you embark on your new journey. Of course I am assuming that www.upstart.com will be another happy Google Apps customer :-) Will help in anyway I can. Best of luck, cheers!
 
Congrats! Thanks for all you've done leading apps to the launch pad and igniting us through the first few layers of the atmosphere.... Can't wait to watch your next liftoff!
 
Dave, thanks for your visionary leadership of Google Enterprise. I learned a lot during our five years together and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to work for you. Looking forward to seeing what you do with Upstart!
 
Wow. I just had lunch with Rajen and we were talking about old times. Congrats Dave and thanks for helping me be a better leader!
 
Congrats Dave. You are a true visionary of the cloud in enterprise. Loss for enterprise cloud, win for the next gen entrepreneurs.
 
Thank you for everything Dave. You have done so much and we're all very excited to see what you do next.
 
Best of luck, I am o Start Up number 5. It is truly exciting to pursue your passion.
 
Best of luck in your new adventure Dave. You will be missed.
 
Ádh mór, Dave! Hope you are even half as successful in your new venture as you have been at Google Enterprise :)
 
Congrats Dave! Building the Apps business with you has been a blast. New and exciting times ahead for both of us. :)
 
+Dave Girouard - Thank you for all of your time & investment in the Google Apps Partner Ecosytem! Hopefully, our paths will cross again one day.
 
Great Dave !! Way to go .....!! Good Luck ...Count on my support !!
 
Dave, I am writing from Paris, France and as far as I understood, you just left Google? We are looking for someone to intervene in our APG Worldconnect Conference in late october in Monaco where we are going to invite some 100 Airlines key deciders in the Commercial and Distribution fields. We are a worldwide organization www.apg-ga.com and we are intensive users of Apps and now of Zoho CRM. We would like to get in touch withh someone from the Top Managemnt to speak about 'how the new tools will change the Airline distribution market' and if you can help me in finding the right person, i'll appreciate
Leon Perelman
General Secretary
APG Network
 
Dave, congrats on the big move from Google! I suspect that is what you wanted to meet about. Can't wait to hear more about it! Let me know when you have time to catch up.
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