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Talking to a colleague at Google earlier this week, who shared that she'd recently read about the fact that in its original incarnation, the word priority did not have a plural .

Sure enough, the Ngram Viewer would appear to back that up.
Google Ngram Viewer: '[priority]', '[priorities]', 1800-2000 in English.
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Who knew. ;)
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Listening to Santana on vinyl tonight. New pre-amp comes tomorrow, excited for the upgrade.
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Going through photos from this year, this #AutoAwesome  picture of our trip to the Grand Tetons is still one of my favorites.
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post card perfect. If your fam likes the mountains, you should check out Asheville, NC. It's really gorgeous, but a different type of mountain look. 
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It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself.

For my money, one of the best scenes on television in the last 30 years.
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And one of the most original scenes. If you play up to an audience instead of down, you get an audience capable of appreciating a scene like this.
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It infuriates me to see example, after example, after example, demonstrating that sexism is indeed alive and well. Even worse are the guys who claim that tech is a pure meritocracy, so if there aren't more women at the highest ranks – leading companies, starting companies, running teams – it must be a coincidence. Couldn't possibly be because of shit like this.

Glad that +Julia Ferraioli shared this, but appalled that (a) it happened and (b) she had to put up with this. Guys, get your shit together. 
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The useful side effect is that I now have a quick way to bootstrap most technical men into understanding why they should pay attention to what I'm saying.
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The Univision stream of the Spain vs. Chile World Cup match kept coming back to this guy. Priceless.
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Have you joined Jet yet? Very interesting take on online shopping. Sign up now to get early access!

(More on Jet's approach via Re/code:
Email issue. API Type. Endpoint. Method. Request Headers. Request Body. Response Code. Response Headers. Response Body.
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Last moonrise of 2014, over Half Dome. Happy New Year, everyone!
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Most people here already know that G+ does a great job with photos; I just wrote up my latest attempt to centralize all of my family's photos in one place. I'm quite happy with the end result: 75,000 images (50 years worth!) – instantly accessible by phone, computer, and TV. With #AutoAwesome , Stories, and search integration too.
A couple years ago, I wrote about my first serious attempt to organize my family’s digital photos. Then I remembered the…
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Very nice, I've started doing this myself.
Do you have a particular naming structure? This is the only problem I'm having: Suppose I have a photo of Bill and Ben at the beach, what do I name it? "Bill and Ben at the beach.jpg"? "1.jpg" with a "1.txt" describing it?
I'm leaning towards the latter as it expands better.
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It's things like this that make me amazed that we share an employer.

Congrats +Alan Eustace, this is astounding.
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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I love what #AutoAwesome  did to this picture I took at Grand Teton National Park this summer. 
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Happy to help, +Futurebooks team! Noone is more surprised than I am that the OKR video I did a while back is approaching 150k views. Really gratifying to hear from teams who've started using OKRs to set and manage their goals. 

Startup Lab workshop: How Google sets goals: OKRs
We're learning from +Rick Klau,  +Google Ventures, to set up OKRs. Internal training at Futurebooks.
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Partner, Startup Lab @ Google Ventures
  • Google Ventures
    Partner, 2011 - present
  • YouTube
    Product Manager, 2011 - 2011
  • Google
    Product Manager, 2007 - 2011
  • FeedBurner
    VP, Publisher Services, 2005 - 2007
  • Socialtext
    VP, Business Development, 2004 - 2005
  • Interface Software
    VP, Vertical Markets, 2001 - 2004
  • iManage
    Marketing Director, 1999 - 2001
  • TrialNet
    VP, Business Development, 1997 - 1999
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Political junkie. Husband. Partner @ Google Ventures. Father of 3. Not in that order.
I'm a tech entrepreneur who currently works as a partner at Google Ventures, where I run the Startup Lab. I was previously a product manager at Google, where I worked on YouTube (homepage, social strategy, accounts), Google+ (Google Profiles) and Blogger (monetization, platform, partnerships), and before that I ran the publisher services team at FeedBurner prior to the acquisition by Google.

For a whole lot more detail than you were looking for, I suggest you swing by my CV.
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Barack Obama hung out at my house once.
  • University of Richmond
    JD, Law, 1993 - 1996
  • Lafayette College
    AB, International Affairs & French, 1989 - 1993
  • L'Université de Bourgogne
    Baccalauréat, 1991 - 1991
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