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Louis Gray
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I just moved +Vic Gundotra to my "Friends" circle.

Thanks for helping have such a significant impact on my move to +Android and being part of the beta team for Google+ with me, sir.
 
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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We'll see what the next chapter holds.
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Why +Nest Protect Claiming An Emergency Gave Me Comfort
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This morning, my Nexus 5 chirped with a notification I hadn't seen before. While I was at the office, my Nest application was telling me, in no uncertain terms, that there was an Emergency in the kitchen at home. There was smoke, and the alarm from our Nest Protect smoke alarm was sounding. I called home quickly, and my wife told me, embarrassed, there was simply a small issue with the microwave, and all was fine. And that's exactly what was supposed to happen.
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Great that it was nothing serious. Awesome technology though. Might have to get myself one. 
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This is Ginger. She is a model. #caturday

Not mine, but a friend of the neighborhood.
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A catwalk model...?
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New Google Cloud Platform Android Figurine

You know you want this special edition Android figurine. It's new! But first, you should start by checking out the +Google Cloud Platform. I'm trying to work up a plan so this one ends up on my shelves at home.
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this is so awesome.. how does one get one?
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
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Happy Birthday!
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How to Get a Job at Google (part 2)
/via +Laszlo Bock 

"Prospective bosses today care less about what you know or where you learned it ... than what value you can create with what you know."
 
My latest conversation with Tom Friedman about how to get a job at Google, or any place.
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Thomas Friedman is wonderful. It's a wonder the man gets paid to write the same foolishness year after year after year. 
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Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
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For the last few weeks, I've been using a new device called Automatic, to track each car trip I take, and find out whether I'm going too fast, or optimizing fuel. Tracking all my activities, from +Fitbit to my Nest thermostat, gives me data I can take action on. You can check out Automatic at www.automatic.com. Works with Android and iOS.
Data makes you smarter, and can make you improve your behavior. The more we learn about how what we consume impacts our bodies, how exercise can help you lose weight, and how smart energy use can reduce costs and be helpful f...
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+Olof Johansson Hi Olaf. Sorry to hear that. I work at Automatic. We're pushing a firmware update today that has some significant Bluetooth connectivity improvements which should help to address erratic connections that some users were experiencing. However, if you continue to have problems, please email help@automatic.com so our Tech Support can help you troubleshoot. 
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The Cloud Platform Android Figurine is Home and Happy

Thanks to one of my friendly colleagues in +Google Developers, the custom +Google Cloud Platform +Android figurine from +Andrew Bell has made it home to where it belongs, flying its kite high with the dozens of others in my ever-growing set. You'd smile too.
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All I can say is awesome......
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+The Verge on the new Dell Chromebook: "There's a new king"
#chrome   #chromeos   #chromebook  

I haven't yet gotten my hands on the new Dell Chromebooks, but the review has me definitely curious. As +The Verge says, "anyone can order the Chromebook 11 for $299 from Dell’s website today — and get possibly the best Chromebook ever made."

And if you're someone who, unlike me, has doubts about ChromeOS, they add, "Chrome OS has matured enough to be a suitable computing platform for the vast majority of things people do with their computers... there’s little I can’t do with the Chromebook." 
Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they’ve proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right. The perfect Chromebook is cheap, fast enough, well-built, and lasts...
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Of note too is that The Wirecutter has also updated their top pick to the Dell. I recently purchased the Toshiba Chromebook for my daughter which she chose because she wanted the larger 13" screen. Prior to getting the Chromebook she primarily used an iPad Mini. Well let's just say that the iPad is collecting dust and only being used for iMessage now that she has a Chromebook.

Here's The Wirecutter page which I believe is the best and most comprehensive site to compare Chromebooks: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-chromebook/
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Googleplex: Mountain View in the Spring

You can't beat these puffy clouds for making Google+ photos pop. A great day after a few dominated by well-needed rain.
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Britain has not looked that this. We have had dust from the Sahara falling from the sky. What is happening here. More blue skies please
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  • Google
    Program Manager, 2011 - present
    I run Google Developers Live. Prior work at Google included work on Google+, Blogger and Reader.
  • Paladin Advisors Group
    Managing Director, 2009 - 2011
  • BlueArc
    Dir, Corporate Marketing, 2001 - 2009
  • 3Cube
    Web Marketing Manager, 1999 - 2001
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I run Google Developers Live and am the author of louisgray.com. At home: dad to three kids five and under, including boy/girl twins.

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    Political Science, Mass Communications, 1995 - 1999
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