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A most unconventional leaving notice from a most unconventional CFO.  Well worth reading -- it will warm your heart.   Patrick has been a joy to work with and I wish him all the best on his new adventures!
 
After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family.  Yeah, I know you've heard that line before.  We give a lot to our jobs.  I certainly did.  And while I am not looking for sympathy, I want to share my thought process because so many people struggle to strike the right balance between work and personal life.

This story starts last fall. A very early morning last September, after a whole night of climbing, looking at the sunrise on top of Africa - Mt Kilimanjaro. Tamar (my wife) and I were not only enjoying the summit, but on such a clear day, we could see in the distance, the vast plain of the Serengeti at our feet, and with it the calling of all the potential adventures Africa has to offer. (see exhibit #1 - Tamar and I on Kili).

And Tamar out of the blue said "Hey, why don't we just keep on going". Let's explore Africa, and then turn east to make our way to India, it's just next door, and we're here already. Then, we keep going; the Himalayas, Everest, go to Bali, the Great Barrier Reef... Antarctica, let's go see Antarctica!?" Little did she know, she was tempting fate.

I remember telling Tamar a typical prudent CFO type response- I would love to keep going, but we have to go back. It's not time yet, There is still so much to do at Google, with my career, so many people counting on me/us - Boards, Non Profits, etc

But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air. 

A few weeks later, I was happy back at work, but could not shake away THE question: When is it time for us to just keep going? And so began a reflection on my/our life. Through numerous hours of cycling last fall (my introvert happy place) I concluded on a few simple and self-evident truths:

First, The kids are gone.  Two are in college, one graduated and in a start-up in Africa. Beautiful young adults we are very proud of. Tamar honestly deserves most of the credit here. She has done a marvelous job. Simply marvelous. But the reality is that for Tamar and I, there will be no more Cheerios encrusted minivan, night watch because of ear infections, ice hockey rinks at 6:00am. Nobody is waiting for us/needing us. 

Second, I am completing this summer 25-30 years of nearly non-stop work (depending on how you wish to cut the data). And being member of FWIO, the noble Fraternity of Worldwide Insecure Over-achievers, it has been a whirlwind of truly amazing experiences. But as I count it now, it has also been a frenetic pace for about 1500 weeks now. Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be. And am guilty as charged - I love my job (still do), my colleagues, my friends, the opportunities to lead and change the world.

Third, this summer, Tamar and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. When our kids are asked by their friends about the success of the longevity of our marriage, they simply joke that Tamar and I have spent so little time together that "it's really too early to tell" if our marriage will in fact succeed. 
If they could only know how many great memories we already have together. How many will you say? How long do you have? But one thing is for sure, I want more. And she deserves more. Lots more.

Allow me to spare you the rest of the truths. But the short answer is simply that I could not find a good argument to tell Tamar we should wait any longer for us to grab our backpacks and hit the road - celebrate our last 25 years together by turning the page and enjoy a perfectly fine mid life crisis full of bliss and beauty, and leave the door open to serendipity for our next leadership opportunities, once our long list of travels and adventures is exhausted.

Working at Google is a privilege, nothing less. I have worked with the best of the best, and know that I am leaving Google in great hands. I have made so many friends at Google it's not funny. Larry, Sergey, Eric, thank you for friendship. I am forever grateful for letting me be me, for your trust, your warmth, your support, and for so much laughter through good and not so good times.

To be clear, I am still here. I wish to transition over the coming months but only after we have found a new Googley CFO and help him/her through an orderly transition, which will take some time. 

In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community. And thankfully, I feel I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have to have to make such tough choices anymore. And for that I am truly grateful. Carpe Diem.


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Donate to Ebola and google will match! My wife and I just donated $15 million in addition to Google's $10 million...our hearts go out to everyone affected.
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Thanks Rick, I was just going to post, "what a great google doodle they have today honoring those who fought for our country". However as you stated, Americans who died to make sure we all can prosper and enjoy freedom doesn't rank with google. Just a simple flag and ribbon at the bottom with no link for any information about this day.
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An issue dear to my heart.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Years ago, I had the privilege of working in the office next door to Anita Borg at Western Research Laboratory. Anita was my best friend at the company—super smart, and an avid
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Agreed.
Hey, but what's Jordan Day?
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After almost ten years, +Nikesh Arora  our Chief Business Officer, has decided to leave Google to join one of our partners, SoftBank, as Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media.   I remember first meeting him at the British Museum, which for some reason Sergey had decided would be a good interview location. Nikesh has been a tremendous leader, adviser and mentor to many Googlers -- including me.  We have learned a lot together, and had a lot of fun along the way.  

+Omid Kordestani, who was our business founder and led our sales teams for many years, will be stepping in to lead our business organization for now.  When we hired Omid we had no business people so we had all the engineers interview him around a ping pong table.  I think he survived because he is actually an engineer!  Omid has always been one of my closest advisors, especially since I became CEO again in 2011.  He personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is so important to Google.  There is nothing Omid doesn’t know about Google, our customers and partners, and I know that under his leadership the team will excel.  
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Excited by the progress the Loon team has made in just one year.  Amazing what you can do when you start from first principles and real world physics. In their most recent test flight, the team helped connect a school in rural Brazil for the very first time. I hope that we can help make internet access available in an affordable way to everyone on the planet. I'm also inspired to wear some fuzzy socks based on the article :)
Earlier this month, Mike Cassidy, a project director at Google’s high-risk research division X, woke before dawn in the Northwest Brazilian state of Piauí. It was already warm and humid. He drove for an hour to a clearing in a rural area and helped his team launch several high-altitude balloons with a payload of Internet…
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A next step for the self-driving car team...this video says it all.
 
Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can't drive. 

We're now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! We'll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world. 

Learn more: http://goo.gl/qDUtgq
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larry how can i make contac whit you guys? i have a project that would love to show you, its about a modern mobile living device, like a futuristic tent, nasa did something like it, i have some sketch and autocad plans, my email is acebron.antonio@gmail.com

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Happy mothers day! Fathers and kids: Recipe for the best pancakes in the world. Buttermilk is the secret. These are thinner than normal. Pancakes:


Preheat griddle.

stir together:

1 cup of flour
1/2  tsp. of salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp. sugar.


stir together:

2 cups of buttermilk (sometimes i substitute  half yogurt or 1/4 sour cream)
2 eggs.
4 Tbs melted butter.

Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients.


Drop small pancakes on the hot greased griddle (I used clarified butter)

Add blueberries if desired.



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Happy mothers day
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Nice video about our proposed campus released today!
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I knew I had high performing people working for me.  But breaking the sound barrier falling in a space suit from a 135,890 foot high balloon ride this morning?  Thanks +Alan Eustace!
A helium-filled balloon lifted Mr. Eustace to 135,908 feet. Fifteen minutes after he cut himself loose using a small explosive device, he was on the ground.
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My first big computer order.
 
15 years ago we placed the largest server offer in our history: 1680 servers, packed into the now infamous "corkboard" racks that packed four small motherboards onto a single tray. (You can see some preserved racks at Google in Building 43, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and at the American Museum of Natural History in DC, http://americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/google-corkboard-server-1999.)  

At the time of the order, we had a grand total of 112 servers so 1680 was a huge step.  But by the summer, these racks were running search for millions of users.  In retrospect the design of the racks wasn't optimized for reliability and serviceability, but given that we only had two weeks to design them, and not much money to spend, things worked out fine.

BTW the four white pins in the forefront are the reset buttons for the four servers, and the disks are mounted on a plexiglass board which lies on top of the board (not attached -- there was no time to design a proper bracket).
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Apparently, the day honoring our military, who spilled their blood and gave their lives fighting in American wars, does not rate high enough to qualify for Google’s Hall of Important Days. And this is not the first time Google has been negligent on Memorial day. In past years, they have also omitted ascribing a picture to the search engine window.

In 2013, Google confused Memorial day with Veterans day and drew a live military dad on the page, entirely missing the message of what is arguably America’s most important national holiday.

Mother’s Day got a Google doodle, chorographer Martha Graham got a Google doodle honoring her 117th birthday, Audrey Hepburn got one for her 85th birthday, and of course Earth Day on April 22, 2014 got a Google Doodle. Memorial Day did not get the tribute Google doodle on Monday. As you can see in one image below...Jordan National Day got a google Doodle.

Google added the tiniest American flag icon and yellow ribbon underneath its search bar. WTF Google? Not surprising from a company that celebrated the invention of Tetris on the anniversary of D-Day! Google can create a feature-legnth animation for the inventor of the zipper but all our troops get is a mini-flag pin? Why is it that for every stupid day that no one cares about, Google does a big Google doodle but on Memorial Day ...nothing? #fail

Google execs may not find it important to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom, but millions of Americans do.

America’s fallen heroes have my endless respect and gratitude. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.
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Great to be arguing as an industry for surveillance reform.  It really is time for action and the US needs to lead the way.


https://www.reformgovernmentsurveillance.com/USAFreedomAct


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Many of you appreciated my earlier share of a pancake recipe I like for mothers day. Here is how it turned out. Note the yellow a bit unusual and I think because I used little extra egg and partially cooked the liquid part by putting it on the griddle because I forgot to melt the butter. Still was delicious. I recommend peanut butter as added toping with touch of maple syrup. 
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Try the next batch will a splash of vanilla extract.  That was always my secret way back when...
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