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Thomas Schoemaecker
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First Tanzanian Youtube Web Series in Swahili - check it out! #Kitendawili
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Super chanson sur Thomas  #Sankara  de JP Manova.

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Cool infographic from my team, trying to paint a picture of the state of banks and their Digital Transformation. Who wins? You judge... Thanks to +fredrick boshe and +Michael Musembi for the work! Oh and I forgot - it's all made using publicly available data.
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good work guys. Keep it up
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Guilty in 31%
 
Last week, we asked how much you work on weekends. 31% of you answer a few emails during the weekend. Let’s join the 19% that are completely disconnected from work. See the results:
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Viva la Tanzania libre
An American ally in promoting government transparency just passed a bill to outlaw any “unofficial” statistics.
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Check out this full schedule for #MobileMadness, our monthlong campaign to help you prepare for the April 21 mobile-friendly ranking change. See if your site is mobile-friendly (http://goo.gl/YPb80C) and follow us to be a part of the #MobileMadness!

Presentation for SMBs: Maximize your online strategy & search performance
Focus on the right channel, Google Webmaster Tools (goo.gl/XQXGdw) and SEO as a long-term strategy.
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4-part series: Basics of a mobile website for SMBs
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30 Day Challenge to go #mobilefriendly
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Always lock them up!
 
"If they find it, they'll play with it.
Always lock up your guns."

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That's the power of #tanzania right there... It moves and changes even the most amazing people!
 
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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Cash in your stock options....Now! Ok less cynical would be to say, well done Patrick fellow, your sacrifices paid off, you can finally afford to love your wife more than your job by retiring and taking her around the world for up to 25 years. However for all of you suckers who are putting in 65 hours of work a week, but don't own a significant proportion of the company your are dedicated to, retirement will finally reach you at around 67, right after that coronary or stroke disables you. If you still have a wife or carer by then, you'll be lucky, but not Patrick lucky.
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Google is definitely getting better at popping fewer balloons. Can't wait to see the next steps and wider launches...
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This move feels like a necessary evil to keep afloat on the payment technology field. Reminds me of why Google plus had to be invented. I do wish there were more disruptive ways for Google to win on the payment field...
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Education
  • Centrale Lyon
    Msc General Engineering, 1995 - 1998
  • Lycée de l'Europe
    Bac E, 1990 - 1993
  • Lycée César Baggio
    1993 - 1995
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Introduction
Grew up on the cold shores of the Northern Sea in France near Dunkirk then decided I loved Islands. Started with England, then New Caledonia. Ended up in Zanzibar as a yacht captain for a while until I got rescued from Somali pirates by Google.

Since then I try to safeguard the African internet by putting users first!
Work
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General Manager for Tanzania at Squad Digital
Employment
  • Squad Digital
    General Manager, 2014 - present
  • Google
    Technical Account Manager, 2011 - 2014
  • Micro Medical
    1998 - 2004
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Dar es Salaam
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Canterbury - Bray-Dunes - Lille - Lyon - Cahors - Zanzibar - Nairobi
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