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and then...
My mouth fell open in shock.

I've had the honor to interview +Vic Gundotra twice, and it has always been a great experience.

+Dan McDermott +Pam Adger +Kadeaus Couloute
 
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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OH WOW!!
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great day in Brooklyn! #throughglass
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Oh, thanks for the details, Allen. I adore the Brooklyn Bridge -- fond memories of walking across it years ago :D 
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Time is running out...
to sign up for the course I'm running this Saturday on Glass development.

+Zack Freedman is teaching a course later that afternoon on the GDK too.
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to sign up for the course I'm running this Saturday on Glass development.

+Zack Freedman is teaching a course later that afternoon on the GDK too.
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Wish I could be there. 
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The New Google Maps Still Baffle Me

I still don't see how the new maps are more "personal" than the old ones. If anything, they're far less. Two examples.

I had a custom map saved with some local addresses that I occasionally visit. I used to be able to open that custom map, click on the location marker, and there is a link that says "directions". Click and go.

On the new one... the location markers are dead. I click on them and nothing at all happens. I have to click on the map and "view original map" to get to the old behavior. Maybe I have to throw out the old map and replace it with... what? Damned if I know.

Another example - I'm only marginally familiar with a city I'll be visiting, but I've used Google to look up a few landmarks I care about (my hotel... the conference center I'm going to... etc). I'll start browsing the map for the city, and it gives me landmarks like... a dry cleaners... a rental office... a totally unrelated hotel... stuff I have no interest in whatsoever and have never searched for. Maybe it should have marked my hotel somehow? It should know what it is - I searched for it in maps.
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okay, I will be that guy...
My version of maps has the points of interest that I've searched for and a bunch from the random Google+ check-ins that I've done.

Maybe you all are 'Maps-ing' wrong? (I jest!)
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GDG Hudson Valley first event
I'll be speaking at SUNY New Paltz on Thursday and talking about (what else) Google Glass. If you're in the area and interested, come on by!

This will also serve as an inaugural event for the Google Developer Group for the Hudson Valley, so if you can't make this one, we hope to see you at a future event!
 
Talk abstract and details may be found here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4cevRFukZwRZndvM0tGSzVKYm8/edit?usp=sharing

Talk location: Resnick Engineering Hall Room 109

Please note that room capacity may be limited so RSVPs are strongly encouraged to give us an idea of space requirements.
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+Allen Firstenberg We can grab a drink after if you're not rushing back to the City.
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Women Hacking Glass has a San Francisco meet up already scheduled for May 14th.

It looks like this is going to be the biggest one yet!
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+Allen Firstenberg thanks for sharing!
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Prisoner
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Let me tell you a story...
...or tell me one of yours.

Our lives are made up of stories, and is a story in itself.  Stories are fact or fiction, can be told by a wandering minstrel or projected on the big screen, are written in books or woven into games, are heard through poetry or prose in many styles, let us experience the tale with sound or silence, and can stimulate any or every one of our senses and emotions.

It has been my goal in life to understand stories and storytellers, to help people tell stories, to explore new ways to tell those stories, and to enjoy and appreciate the stories swirling around us.

So come... sit by the fire.  Let us share a story for a little while.
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Prisoner, Allen Firstenberg, Allen "Prisoner" Firstenberg, Jean Valjean
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I was a kickstarter backer of this store, but actually trying their donuts exceeded my expectations. It is clear that the staff both care about the quality of their donuts, coffee, and other drinks, and want to make sure their customers enjoy themselves. From the quirky and interactive decor (wifi still isn't working on that typewriter?) to explaining every step of their pour-over coffee if you ask, the attention to detail is outstanding. Their Maple-Bacon donut is their signature item, but I have yet to find a flavor from their ever-changing menu that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. I'm not a coffee drinker, but they have plenty of other varieties of quality drinks to quench your thirst. Visit. Enjoy. Share.
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