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Victor Asemota
Fanatical about Enterprise Applications/Transactions Systems Support and Manchester United
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This two are mobile tailors popularly called "Obioma" in Nigeria. The one in front is the man that knows the terrain and speaks passable English . The one at the back is the Newbie in most cases can't speak any English. So he tags along with the "professional" till he can pick the common words to stand on his own. They don't split the profit , what you earn as they move is what you keep. When one gets a job, mostly to patch clothes, sow buttons, make adjustments on over sized or under sized clothes etc the other waits for him to finish. This helps both for security and profiting especially for the newbie . So next time you are in Nigeria and you want a quick fix, Obioma -tailor is always available and always affordable. #portharcourt #nigeria #tailors #nikon

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Your mind is the most powerful processor in the known Universe. Use it.

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Culture is an incredibly difficult thing for companies to change once it’s been established, so it’s important to define yours early. Your mission statement should capture the founding team’s vision, setting the tone for what the company will focus on and how it will behave.

Too many companies’ missions read like a group of marketing and communications people got together one night with a six-pack and a thesaurus!

+Alan Eagle  and I gave our high school buddy, David Staley (formerly of Lehman Brothers) an early draft of our book. That weekend after reading the section on culture, he surprised us with this photo of the Lehman Brothers mission statement, which he dug out of a box in his garage.  It’s one of my favorite useless mission statements. What are some of yours? 

#HowGoogleWorks #culture #lehmanbrothers

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“The hardest thing about writing is writing.”
― Nora Ephron

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“Dem Say”…
The intended and unintended consequences of working within a culture of hearsay and rumors

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Great article.  Some interesting merchant concerns & other great points raised here:

"What’s keeping some retail bosses awake at night, however, is the ongoing suspicion that Google could eventually build an Amazon-like marketplace in which the search giant sells products directly to shoppers and cuts out brick and mortar retailers altogether. Even some current Google Shopping Express partners see the potential for such an approach"

"as long as the purchases keep running through Google instead of the retailer’s site, Google will start to collect more and more valuable information on who buys what. Google could then use that data to attract more money from brands looking to promote their own product through Shopping Express no matter which retail store it comes from. Some of that marketing money, Anderson believes, could in turn be shifted away from funds these brands typically allocate to retail stores to promote individual products."

"Google is not alone in its approach to helping retailers fend off Amazon. eBay’s eBay Now service also uses couriers to delivers goods from retail stores to customer doors. The company recently confirmed that it was scaling back its near-term ambitions for the program after originally saying it would expand from three to 25 U.S. cities by the end of 2014. It did not explain why"

and many more interesting nuggets of information

#Instacart #googleshoppingexpress #ebaynow #amazonsameday #ecommerce   #consumerpackagedgoods  

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2014? Get off my cloud!!
2017 will be an interesting year. 

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We need to shout this beyond the rooftops. We may need Satellite to broadcast it to all earthlings. Sadly as will all things related to the end-user, we have to really dumb it down and strip it of all technical references to make people realize how useful and powerful this is. 

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...and then
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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