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Wael Ghonim
Constantly Changing, Serious Joker, Internet Addict, Human, Egyptian who loves challenging status quo.
Constantly Changing, Serious Joker, Internet Addict, Human, Egyptian who loves challenging status quo.

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I officially resigned from Google after 6 years of being with the company that changed my life. Its been an amazing journey, and I'm really grateful to everything Google did for me. And Special thanks to @GoogleVentures team for their support throughout. Being an EIR at GV during 2014 was a great learning experience.

As I'm turning 34, I thought its time for some new challenge. Working on a startup with two co-founders to explore potential disruptions in the social/news space. More on that coming soon.

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Rare photos of Egypt 100 years ago! Found @ Brooklyn Museum. 

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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.


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Magical smile! 
Photo Credit: Mohamed ElKordy
Location: Izbit Soliman Tadrous - Fayyoum - Egypt

Social Networking Diseases:

- LikeMania: One's tendency to post content for the sole purpose of collecting "Like"s.

- Commentophobia: A phobia towards reading comments after expressing a non mainstream opinion.

- Delete Syndrome: One's tendency to delete old posts that were proven wrong. 

What else?

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With a cool south korean student at KERIS elementary school in Seoul.

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شوكة وسكينة .. بس في كوريا الجنوبية.
Knife and fork gangam style #SouthKorea  

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At first, he is funny, but then: he is funny and wise. A good to watch commencement speech by the man who used to write Obama's jokes :)

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