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Yatin Vadhia
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Computer Science Student
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  • Google
    Business Associate Intern - PQO, 2014 - 2014
  • BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
    Data Analyst, 2013 - 2014
  • Atos Origin (for London 2012)
    Service Desk Manager/Assistant Venue IT Manager, 2012 - 2012
  • The Carphone Warehouse
    Customer Consultant, 2010 - 2012
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Not your everyday Computer Science student.
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I have keen academic interests in Computing, Physics and Psychology; and employment interests in Management, Analyst and Consulting roles. 

I enjoy reading a wide variety of books and I am a keen traveller. I have travelled extensively throughout Europe, the USA, Canada and the Far East, while learning about and experiencing new cultures.
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Not really one for bragging, but I have travelled to over 25 different countries, and I love travelling.
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Whyteleafe, London, UK
Previously
London, UK - Oerlikon, Switzerland - Portland, UK

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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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"As The Intercept reported last year, having the wrong SIM card can make you the target of a drone strike."

http://goo.gl/kSH9Q6
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
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Absolutely brilliant read: http://goo.gl/uFhrWq
No American ATM has ever been robbed with explosive gas. The same was true in Britain — until 2013. Now there have been more than 90. Inside the birth of a bomb spree.
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Its quite cool to see what +Google are doing with education in the UK. 

What is even cooler, is that this school was where I worked during the +London 2012 +Olympics and +Paralympic Games . It was part of the Sailing village where the athletes ate and slept - it is great to see the legacy of the Olympics. 

http://goo.gl/xHmCJo
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David Cameron says there should be no "means of communication" which "we cannot read" -- and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.
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1 Tbps over 5G at the +University of Surrey 

http://goo.gl/NqTeFa
Scientists researching 5G at the University of Surrey achieve data connection many thousands of times faster than the average 4G.
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Not sure who to vote for in the UK general election? Or maybe you already know. Either way, spend a little bit of time filling out this form to make sure you vote for the right party.

Vote for Policies: http://goo.gl/EtQqy5
Vote for Policies makes it easy to compare what the political parties are promising to do. It helps you make an informed, unbiased decision about who to vote for.
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Loved this survey - interesting to see Green is in the lead!
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So Community has got its 6th season, will it gets its movie?

http://goo.gl/spH0f9
Community returns! The former NBC comedy, which was picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo, will premiere Tuesday, March 17th with two episodes, followed by one episode each week after that. By our...
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Listen to his speech, Cameron actually has no idea what he is talking about:

http://goo.gl/B3AGmK
David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.
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