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status: super excited! :)
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Thank you Vic for all the amazing things you built and your never ending energy and optimism!
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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Right team, right Glass :)
Congratulations to the +Seattle Seahawks and to our very own #glassexplorer  Golden Tate on your #SB48  win.
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Working on new technology that can potentially help people and make their lives better is worth all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tear involved :)
This is another thing I have been up to:

http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/introducing-our-smart-contact-lens.html

And Next ...

so since I get a ton of questions about this, it's best to do a quick post.
after founding, building, and running the Google Glass team for nearly 40 months, I stepped down this year. It was an amazing ride and it gave me the opportunity to work with some really wonderful people. Together, we made a radically new piece of technology real and possibly started a new platform in computing and communication!

I am super excited about our other ongoing projects and the new ones we are about to start! :)

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This is important.
U.S. government agencies claim they don't need a warrant to ask for private content—such as Gmail messages, documents, photos and YouTube videos. (Here at Google, we push back.) We urge reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant for online info, just like for offline. 

If you're in the U.S., sign this petition to the White House today—we need 100,000 signatures to guarantee a response: http://goo.gl/N2C7Uu

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let's go!
With a little help from our friends

As you can see in the video below, Glass Explorers from Fargo to Fairbanks, and from Houston to Honolulu, have been sharing their feedback with us, helping shape what Glass will become. We’ve learned a ton, and we’ve been working hard to make Glass software better with our regular #glassupdates each month.

At the same time, we’ve been making the hardware better, too. We want to say “thank you” for all the amazing feedback we’ve been getting, so later this year, all Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud. You can find more details about this here:
https://support.google.com/glass/answer/3501111

In addition, we’ve been experimenting with ways to expand the Explorer Program and it’s been going really well. So over the next few weeks, all Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program. They’ll be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo. We’re counting on you to get Glass to the people you think will make great Explorers. More Explorers means more feedback, and more feedback means better Glass.

Explorers, stay tuned for more details – we’ll be emailing you soon!
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