Once again, I feel compelled to respond to an article in the El Reg (and one here).

Leaving aside the inaccuracies in the pieces, I feel that such articles are toxic. The simplistic approach sensationalizes a few personalities and while it may make for good copy and get pageviews,  the actual folks who did the work get no credit and it is wrong. With such a talented pool of folks at Google, enabled by a culture of excellence that starts from the top, anyone could have done a great job, but no one mentions that. The work is about the team, the culture of data-driven decisions, fair and firm debate, and a refusal to compromise.  Credit should go unto those who deserve it: the incredible teams at the company. My own part if any, was managing to get out of the way of the folks doing the work.

12 Responses to Culture

  1. David says:

    Congratulations on the move – I look forward to hearing about how some new, different problem was solved.

    As regards the press, I flip the standard around and am happy when they get *any* of the details correct…

  2. edc says:

    dude, i had no idea that you’d trademarked ISIS.

  3. todd says:

    The number of simple, factual inaccuracies in that article is extremely sad. Congrats on the new role. Good luck up in the rainy north. 🙂

  4. WillC says:

    They left out the part about you inventing the question mark while at Google… 🙂

    Seriously – congrats on the new role. Anyone who’s dealt with these things knows exactly what you mean.

  5. brian g says:

    how i loathe the “tech blog” culture of today. anything to sell a few more ads.

    good for you man.

  6. JamesV says:

    That was the most gracious and tactful response I have ever seen in a a situation like this. Most people take this opportunity to bask in the glow of the spotlight and stroke their own egos, but you recognized the people you worked with over the years as a team. very cool.
    Pure class all the way. Good luck to you.

  7. DavidMcK says:

    It will be interesting to watch how any changes made in networking approach benefit users of the Azure platform. We’re looking to move a .NET/SQL app to Azure for scalability. If performance is also part of the deal, that would be great. Best of luck in your new position.

  8. Gavin says:

    Congratulations on the new role.

    While I agree with your sentiments, workplace culture is enormously impacted by the management team. They can create, or destroy, workplace culture by action, inaction, or both! I’m no workplace psychologist, but I’ve never seen a successful company that has bad management. Mediocre, maybe, but not bad 🙂

  9. John says:

    Well at least they used a good photo… I am presuming they at least used the correct photo!

    Good luck with your new job.

  10. Interesting move. I’ll Bing you from time to time to see what you’re doing in Redmond.

  11. ditz says:

    congrats, vijay.. Nice to see modesty and success

  12. What an impressive and perfect reply to that article. Congratulations on the new role, and just remember – there aren’t that many more impressive technology companies for you to work at. I expect the Gill Corporation to take flight in about five years!

    And….new reasons to come visit the Pacific Northwest!

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