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Three days straight with your coworkers? Oh boy. What’s so important about these offsites again?
A few days into my marketing internship at Cloudability last summer, my mentor asked me a question that made my stomach flip: “Have you thought about coming to the offsite?”
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This... is... crazy.... Shanghai Tower (650 meters)
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Anybody else need a Tuesday afternoon chuckle?

+Matthew Inman from The Oatmeal has me covered today.

Oh, the many joys of air travel.
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A beautiful & thoughtful post from Vic Gundotra on why he's leaving Google after 8 years
 
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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The Most Amazing Alternative to Thanksgiving Turkey http://matellis.com/2013/10/09/the-most-amazing-alternative-to-thanksgiving-turkey/
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Cool magnetic levitation video http://failblog.cheezburger.com/share/51867905
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Pictured above is the front-end, first mixer and IF amplifier of an experimental GPS receiver. The leftmost SMA is connected to a commercial antenna with integral LNA and SAW filter. A synthesized first local oscillator drives the bottom SMA. Pin headers to the right are power input and IF ...
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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!
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Cloudability wins "Startup of the Year"
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Cloudability wins Startup of the Year award at the 2013 Oregon Technology Awards, hosted by the Technology Association of Oregon at the Port

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After a year and a half of co-working, Cloudability has moved into its own home in downtown Portland. When we were first getting started as

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We're excited to announce that Cloudability has raised an $8.7M Series A round, led by Foundry. Jason Mendelson and Jason Seats will join ou

I fly a lot and LAS is one of my least favorite US airports. It was last renovated in the 80s or 90s and it really shows. If you can fly through another airport, do so. Only fly into LAS if your final destination is Las Vegas. Here are some specifics: All food & bar establishments are over-priced and provide poor to mediocre quality food. I can guarantee that you wouldn't choose to visit any of the restaurants here if they weren't in an airport. Whenever there are any delays, the bars are often full up, you can't even get seated and have a drink while you are delayed. In the rest of the airport there are few places to sit and very few places with power to recharge your devices. The security lines can be brutally long. Distances between gates are long (there's not much you can do about this with an airport this size, maybe more walkways). DO NOT transfer internationally. The international terminal is the worst place in America to arrive from overseas and the transfer is really unpleasant: wait outside in the heat for up to 30 minutes for the bus, or a 9 minute walk with your luggage in the heat.
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Facilities: ExcellentQuality: Very GoodService: Very Good
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What a gem! An excellent and very affordable wine list compliments a nicely varied menu that we paired with great service. Such a shame they don't take reservations or we would eat here more often. Still, highly recommended!
Food: ExcellentService: ExcellentDecor: Very Good
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reviewed 3 years ago
what a gem! an excellent and very affordable wine list compliments a nicely varied menu that we paired with great service. such a shame they don't take reservations or we would eat here more often. still, highly recommended!
Decor: Very GoodFood: ExcellentService: Excellent
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What a little gem! I had never really experienced Colombian cuisine until we visited Bogota Latin Bistro. The feel was very authentic, this is clearly a little piece of Colombia snuck away in Brooklyn. Check it out.
Food: Very GoodService: Very GoodDecor: Very Good
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Excellent food, decor, service. Ambience was great despite an early reservation. The sommelier overheard one of us criticizing a wine choice and immediately replaced the wine without complaint. Yet somehow, when the check came we felt somewhat lacking. 'Ripped off' would be far too strong, it just didn't feel 'top 10'. Still, a very enjoyable dinner.
Food: Very GoodService: ExcellentDecor: Very Good
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Hilarious service, the waiters all have an attitude. Dining here is an experience, it's a bonus that the food is pretty decent too. Must see for any first time visitor to Chicago.
Food: GoodService: Very GoodDecor: Excellent
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