Googler Spotlight: Raphael Leiteritz


On Thursday, June 7 at 4:30pm GMT (3:30pm UTC) we’ll be doing a Hangout on Air to discuss our technical roles in Europe. Group Product Manager Raphael Leiteritz will be joining the Hangout from our Zurich office, so we thought we’d give you a chance to get to meet him.

What made you decide to apply to work at Google?

Google was always one of my dream companies to work for. I admired the scale of things, the focus on product innovation, and the culture of wanting to change the world, and taking risks along the way.
 
What's the most interesting challenge you've had the chance to work on at Google?

Launching Street View in Europe, and especially Germany.
 
What's your favorite thing about working in your office?

The decorated floors. Every floor looks different, with different themes and colors. At Google I work in an office where people work hard but in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
 
What advice would you have for someone thinking of applying for your team?

Prepare your application well and try to understand Google. I recommend reading at least one book about how Google works, for example "In the Plex," by Steven Levy. Google looks for passionate people, so try to understand what that means and bring it across in your interviews.

If you have questions for Raphael or the other technical Googlers who will be in Thursday’s Hangout on Air, please submit them on our Moderator page ( http://goo.gl/xv38D ) or in the comments below.
Googler Spotlight: Paul Kinlan


On Thursday, June 7 at 4:30pm GMT (3:30pm UTC) we’ll be doing a Hangout on Air to discuss our technical roles in Europe. Developer Advocate Paul Kinlan will be joining the Hangout from our London office, so we thought we’d give you a chance to get to meet him.

What made you decide to apply to work at Google?

I didn't technically apply, I was referred in. I was building apps on the Google platform and the chance to work on the projects that help tens of thousands of developers like myself was something that I couldn't resist.
 
What's the most interesting challenge you've had the chance to work on at Google?

Web Intents. We are helping specify and build a system in the browser that can significantly improve and change the way users use the web today and the way developers create apps, services and sites.
 
What's your favorite thing about working in your office?

My friends that I get to work with every day.
 
What advice would you have for someone thinking of applying for your team?

Love what you do.

If you have questions for Paul or the other technical Googlers who will be in Thursday’s Hangout on Air, please submit them on our Moderator page ( http://goo.gl/xv38D ) or in the comments below.
Googler Spotlight: KeeKim Heng


On Thursday, June 7 at 4:30pm GMT (3:30pm UTC) we’ll be doing a Hangout on Air to discuss our technical roles in Europe. User Experience Designer +KeeKim Heng will be joining the Hangout from our Zurich office, so we thought we’d give you a chance to get to meet him.

What made you decide to apply to work at Google?
I was referred by a close friend and past colleague. At the time, I was trying to decide where to take my career. When the opportunity arose to work with my friend again on some exciting and huge products I decided to pursue it!

What's your favorite thing about working in your office?
There is definitely something special and unique about the Zurich Google office. I think this office has a great work/life balance that leads to strong relationships and high productivity. I've made some fantastic and lasting friendships here and worked on some great projects.

What advice would you have for someone thinking of applying for your team?
Raw technical skills are only half the equation. You need to also express your passion, personality, leadership, and your desire to achieve amazing things in a challenging team environment.

If you have questions for Keekim or the other technical Googlers who will be in Thursday’s Hangout on Air, please submit them on our Moderator page ( http://goo.gl/xv38D ) or in the comments below.
Googler Spotlight: John Milinovich


John Milinovich works on our Google Offers team in Mountain View. We spoke with him about his role working on the social strategy for the product.

What were you doing prior to Google and what made you decide to apply?

Before I was at Google I was working at Yahoo! as a Financial Analyst focused on streamlining internal processes. When I was invited to apply for my current role, I was excited by the opportunity to join a newly formed team where I would have a big part in defining its culture and outlook while having a significant impact on a product. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to challenge myself to perform at the next level and to build out some compelling new skillsets.

What's the most interesting challenge that you've had the chance to work on as part of the Google Offers team?

I have driven the social media strategy for Offers over the last 15 months and it has been an exciting challenge to build out a revenue-generating social commerce platform that scales as we release new product features and launch in new markets. Scaling the 'local' model is a very unique challenge, and doing it in the social space has been a great problem to tackle.

What's your favorite thing about working in the Mountain View office?

The sheer size of things and access to the company's leadership. It is very humbling to visit the campus for the first time and realize that it takes up so many buildings and takes a 15-minute bike ride to get from one extreme to another. I've also become accustomed to running into senior leadership in cafes and in the gym on a regular basis.

What has been your most memorable moment at Google?

Being a part of the launch team for Offers is something I will never forget. I remember the entire team huddled in a conference room eagerly watching the traffic metrics and press coverage start to filter on as soon as we hit the 'go' button. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before that time. There were people on video conference from London, Zurich and multiple parts of the US - it was insane.
Googler Spotlight: Robin Jeffries on the CHI 2012 Conference


Google is participating in this week’s annual +CHI 2012 Conference, a gathering of Human-Computer Interaction researchers. User Experience Lead Robin Jeffries talks about why this field and this conference are so important to Google.

How have you seen UX/UI and User Experience Research at Google evolve?

I joined Google 7 years ago, when UX was about 15 people, all in Mountain View. We were all jacks/jills of all trades -- someone might work on a Gmail-related project one month and Mobile Maps the next. The group has grown tremendously in size and locations (there are UX folks at most Google engineering offices in the US and in every country where Google has a sizable engineering presence). We've become more specialized, with both more qualitative and more highly quantitative work going on. We've moved from being one central group to having groups in every product division.

You’ve been going to CHI as a Googler for 7 years, why is returning to CHI so important for Google year after year?

Google's "prime directive" is to "Focus on the user and all else will follow." It's crucial that we know what's at the forefront of HCI research and practice, so that we can focus on the user in the most effective and powerful ways. It's also important that students and others know the kind of work that we do and the kind of organization we are, as we want some of the best and brightest to join us at making innovative and user-delighting products. We want to build collaborations with faculty at various universities, and CHI is a great place to renew those relationships and discover what new areas we have in common. And CHI is rejuvenating for the Googlers who attend -- while we have a really good internal set of talks and several reading groups looking at the latest literature, getting immersed in it the way you do at CHI is energizing. I know I always come back with several ideas of things I might do or that I pass on to a colleague who missed that CHI that year.

What are you most excited to see Google showing off at CHI 2012?

I have to pick just one? Well, the self-driving golf carts are certainly the most "out there", and for a CHI audience will probably generate the most philosophical discussions. The CHI-a-day puzzles are great fun and are related to some things I've been working on -- how people search (if you want more details, you'll have to buttonhole me at CHI). And I'm a total convert to the Chromebook experience (I'll have mine with me at the conference, so if you don't get to the booth to see the demo, it's another reason to grab me in the halls), so introducing others to that is fun.


What is this MatriarCHI group you are a part of?

Originally, there was a small group of women who had been involved in the very early days of CHI. We called ourselves the “CHI Foremothers”. We [later] changed our name to MatriarCHI (I think we have Judy Olson to blame for the name), expanded our membership and became the organizing committee for a set of meetings at CHI related to the challenges we face as Women in HCI (HCI may be more “women friendly” than the rest of computer science, but we still have our challenges). Last year we held a breakfast, which despite the early hour, sold out, and this year we have a Women@CHI lunch, which is also sold out. Google has been a co-sponsor of both those events, because this kind of activity is consistent with Google’s efforts to increase the pipeline and the retention of women in computing. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the women attending CHI at this lunch.
Googler Spotlight: Google Japan’s Hip Hop Dance Team


While Googlers put a great deal of effort into their day jobs, we still manage to make time for some extracurricular fun with our co-workers. A great example of this is the Tokyo office’s hip hop dance team, GDD48. We spoke with founder Yoshihito Mizutani from +Google Japan about how the group was formed.

How did the group come about?

The dance group itself originally began back in 2008 when I trained a group of Googlers to perform at a Global Sales conference. I wanted to perform with as many Googlers as possible for Google Developer’s Day 2011 in order to entertain GDD audiences. I always organized Googler dance teams for every internal sales event in APAC or Japan since joining Google in 2008. Ever since, the group has continued to grow into what it is today.

How often does GDD48 perform?

We perform mostly at our internal events twice a year, one for sales conference in APAC and the other one for holiday party in Japan. Whenever we get an opportunity to perform on the stage, we rename the team differently to meet the performance or event concept, recruit new members in addition to old members, and train them for 4-8 weeks. Last year, we were given the opportunity to work with the Developer Relations team in Tokyo to perform at Google Developer’s Day 2011 and it was our first performance in an external event, hence the name.

What is the rest of the meaning behind the name "GDD48"?

GDD stands for Google Developer Day and three letters with the number 48 is a trend now in Japan with the increasingly popularity of the Japanese Idol girl group, AKB48. We played around with the words a little bit to make it catchy. Most audiences in Japan, especially GDD audiences, can take a quick glance at “GDD48” and most likely expect an AKB48 parody performance. We were able to successfully surprise them with our performance!

I aimed for 48 Googlers this time around when naming the group GDD48 and started recruiting members to go beyond his original record of 23 Googlers. 55 Googlers first registered, and finally worked with 36 talented Googlers.

You can visit http://goo.gl/BsG9D to see a video of GDD48 performing.
Googler Spotlight: Kevin Young


Global Network Acquisition (GNA) is responsible for acquiring Google's production network assets, including lit fiber, dark fiber, colocation, space, power and related infrastructure. These all combine to enable Google's network to operate around the world. We conducted a Q&A with APAC manager Kevin Young to better understand the role of Strategic Negotiators in this process.

What’s your take on a Strategic Negotiator’s mission and his/her impact on Google’s overall business?

Crucial. Google prides itself on having one of the world’s most robust, scalable and cost-effective infrastructures and our negotiators deliver the building blocks that make it happen. We frequently get to make big, long-term bets when we do projects such as the Unity and Southeast Asia Japan submarine cables.

Incidentally, “Strategic Negotiator” sounds like a unique title. What are some more common titles for people doing this type of work in the industry?

In many ways “negotiator” is a misnomer, particularly in Asia. The role is actually more akin to “infrastructure business development” since we are looking for partnership opportunities to do builds that help both parties as well as make the general internet better. In terms of titles prior to joining Google, there isn’t much commonality amongst our current successful team members. We have people from enterprise IT, legal, finance and, of course, carriers.

Are there aspects that make this type of work unique in the APAC region? How does it differ from other regions, e.g., NA and EMEA?

Almost all connectivity in Asia is via expensive subsea cables that take several years to build, therefore the APAC team’s planning horizon has to be much longer than most other regions. Even more challenging is that the horizon is much longer than our internal software teams. They crank out products and features that demand new bandwidth in timeframes that are a fraction of how long it takes to build new cables. It’s an interesting challenge.

This type of work sounds highly collaborative. Who do Negotiators partner with inside Google?

Everyone! Seriously. The most successful Negotiators are the ones that understand the full “stack” - from fiber in the ground (or sea!) to the internals of how a service like Google+ works. They also have a healthy understanding of legal, policy and finance. The only way to stay on top of this is to interact with lots of teams. Fortunately, our teams consist of both Negotiators and Network Planners that also do a lot of internal synchronizing and work to coalesce the business’ needs into a cohesive roadmap.

How about when you’re interviewing for this position. What types of things do you really like to see in a candidate?

The number one thing is a passion to make the user’s life better via faster and more consistent network delivery. In addition they need to be technical, analytical and capable of describing and defending their ideas clearly and concisely. Obviously, commercial experience is a must but region specific knowledge is not a hard and fast requirement. Lastly, I look for candidates that will make the people around them better.

If you're interested in Strategic Negotiator positions, we have openings in Mountain View (http://goo.gl/l5dp3), as well as London and Singapore. You can find all of our open roles by browsing our job site.
Googler Spotlight: Tidjane Deme


Tidjane joined Google in 2009 as the Office Lead for Francophone Africa where he opened our office in Dakar, Sénégal. We spoke to Tidjane about a typical day in the office as well as the exciting projects in the +Google Africa region.

As the Office Lead in Sénégal, what's a typical work day look like for you?

I've jokingly changed my work title to "Cheerleader, Francophone Africa" after I realized that my job was mostly about supporting and rooting for teams across Google to bring our magic and positive impact to Francophone Africa. This ranges from partner meeting with a famous Senegalese singer to helping on the logistics of the G-Days in Cote d'Ivoire. Just plain fun.

What has been the biggest surprise for you working at Google?

Every day, it’s a refreshing and humbling surprise to realize how some amazing projects or products come out of the passion and initiative or one or two dedicated Googlers. Google's entrepreneurial culture is something I rediscover every time.

What has been the most amazing experience or day you've had at Google thus far?

I get the most amazing experience through interacting with the African tech community. Google has been heavily involved with supporting students, developers and entrepreneurs in the region. It gives me a regular opportunity to meet passionate and talented African men and women who want to change our continent and the world. I get to experience firsthand the skills, passion and innovation in Africa. I love it!

Tell us about some of the high-impact projects you are working on in your region?

Among other things we are busy preparing the next G-Days in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire. It is especially important that we are doing it this year in Cote d'Ivoire as this country is coming our of a difficult post electoral crisis which followed ten years of ... complicated politics. There is a level of hope, eagerness to leave violence behind and rebuild, optimism in CI that is just amazing and Google coming in Abidjan is a special moment for a lot of people.

Other projects we are working on include: working with partners to bring great African content online through YouTube, partnering with mobile network operator to bring Google service to the masses through SMS (Google+ and Gmail).
Googler Spotlight: Monique Vaz Vieira


Even though we hire hundreds of new employees each month, there are still quite a few Googlers who have built up a long tenure. Software Engineer Monique Vaz Viera spoke to us about her seven year Google career.

What brought you to Google initially?

I had just graduated and started working at a search engine company called Akwan. In 2005, exactly on my birthday, everybody in the company was interviewed by some guys from a company that wanted to do business with us, which we later found out was Google. After a few months Akwan was officially acquired and all engineers joined Google.

What has kept you here at Google for so long?

I think it's great to work at a place where you are always being challenged, so It's very hard to get bored working here. We have a really great infrastructure available to get our job done and lots of amazing people contributing with new ideas and motivating us to develop new solutions and products. Finally, another great thing for me is that Google gives us the opportunity to develop your career while maintaining a good work-life balance.

What makes Google's Belo Horizonte office special?

In Belo Horizonte we work very closely with international offices and we are recognized for our contribution to the company. We work on the products that are the pillars of the company today and have the freedom to innovate and have a great impact on Google as a whole. One other thing I personally like is that even though we are growing quickly we still have a small-office feel, where everybody knows each other and you see lots of friendships developing. I think this is especially good for new people because it helps them feel a part of the company, so I really hope we maintain that feel.

What's your favorite Google memory?

I was in the last month of my pregnancy and had given up organizing a baby shower because I was so caught up with the last arrangements to prepare for the baby. One Friday afternoon I got a strange call from my husband saying that he was leaving work early and asking me if he could join me in TGIF, which is an event we have with snacks and drinks that family and friends can occasionally join. Right after that I got an email asking me to come downstairs for a special TGIF. When I got there I was really happy to see that my colleagues had organized a surprise baby shower for me. That was the best!
Googler Spotlight: The Canine Staffing Team


You may have heard that Googlers are allowed to bring their dogs to work and that pooches are a common sight around Google offices. But what you may not know is that our dogs must go through the same detailed hiring process as human Googlers do before being welcomed to the Googleplex. We spoke with Taylor Marquardt from our Canine Staffing Team to learn more about our dog recruitment and hiring process.

How does your team handle the applications that you receive from aspiring Dooglers?

Dealing with canine-submitted applications does pose a unique set of challenges. It’s not uncommon to see resumes with a few paw prints or drool stains here and there, but we try to look past that to recognize the skills and experience of the applicant. The main thing that we look for on a resume is evidence that the dog has demonstrated great teamwork within a business kennel environment.

What attributes are we looking for in canine candidates?

It honestly depends on the job and the specific candidate. We receive tons of applications each week from dogs of all breeds, but we try to match the right canine with the right department. For example, Bloodhounds are a natural fit for Search, while Rottweilers are often drawn to our corporate security positions.

What goes on during a doggie interview?

At the beginning, we’ll go over the basics: staying, fetching, rolling over— you know, typical job interview fare. But because we’re Google, we want to dive deeper into the candidate’s skill set and determine whether the dog can handle a situation when the fur starts flying. We sometimes ask candidates to diagram solutions to a business problem on a whiteboard, and while the top candidates demonstrate a steady paw, you’d be surprised at the poor penmanship we sometimes see.

Any advice for those who make it to the interview stage?

Show your true personality! We meet a lot of interviewees who try to impress us with their lush fur, suede collars and knit wool sweaters. But the best canine candidates are just like the best human candidates: they are friendly, energetic, playful— and don’t bite.

Do you think your dog has what it takes to get hired by Google? Please visit http://goo.gl/b8Wua to submit an application.
Googler Spotlight: T.V. Raman


We sat down with Google Research Scientist T.V. Raman to learn about the company’s efforts on improving user accessibility.

Could you tell us a little bit about your accessibility work at Google?

I joined Google Research as an individual contributor in 2005, and transitioned in 2009 to lead a small team of hand-picked engineers working on Android and Chrome accessibility. My team focuses primarily on blindness and low-vision issues. Our goal is to build eyes-free interfaces that are a pleasure to use with a strong focus on enabling rapid task completion.

What is Google's role in impacting the overall accessibility experience on modern platforms such as the Web and mobile?

The web is our platform, and we help users access the web cloud through Chrome and Android. As we race to evolve these modern platforms to match up and surpass traditional platforms, we also own the responsibility of ensuring that our new creations match and surpass existing systems with respect to accessibility.

Building and delivering sophisticated applications via the cloud has enormous potential with respect to solving the core accessibility challenge, which is to deeply understand the needs and abilities of every user, and to then deliver application user interfaces that are perfectly matched to a given user's needs and abilities at any given time.

Toward this end, we are focused on:
1. Delivering the best-of-breed accessibility via our mobile Android platform.
2. Delivering cloud-based accessibility that goes well beyond the one-size-fits-all model that had to be adopted in the previous era of desktop computing.

You've been at Google since 2005. How has life at Google changed since then?

I described life at Google during my first year as being like graduate school, but with more money and better food. Gladly, that has not changed — the energy level among Googlers that I see has remained at the same high-level — even as our number of high-quality cafeterias has increased. Six years later, Google is a much bigger company, and it is not as easy to ferret out the right Googler to go learn about a given ongoing Google innovation. But gladly, serendipitous lunchtime conversations that hold the potential of making real magic happen continue, despite our burgeoning size.

You can visit http://www.google.com/accessibility/ to learn more about the work done by T.V. and his team.
Googler Spotlight: Googlers Outside the Googleplex - Yoshihito Mizutani


Google prides itself not only on the accomplishments that each Googler achieves within the office, but also the incredible talents and hobbies they have outside of work.

Meet Yoshihito Mizutani, who works as a Sr. Product Specialist in our Tokyo office. Mizu is also a father and a hip-hop dancer, so we spoke with him about how he fits his love of dance into his life as a Googler.

On getting started with dance:
“I started dancing at 10, when I first saw Michael Jackson’s
“Thriller” and “Bad” promotional videos on TV in Japan.”

“We had four males in the family so we never had any mirrors in the house. So I practiced dancing every night by looking at my own reflection in the glass of a large cupboard at my house.”

On continuing to dance after starting his professional career:
“I left my position at a company I was working at the time at 27 and decided to go to New York to explore the world of dancing in the US, where I joined a dancing group called KR3TS. After three months, there were 80 members and the top 10 were always performers, and I was placed there.”

“I joined Google in 2008, and two weeks into my job, I was asked to gather a group of dancers to perform at the US Sales conference. I taught a rather large choreography to a group of 23 Googlers who didn’t have dance any experience and was able to put together a performance in front of the global sales teams.”

On how Google supports his love of dance:
“I can do this only because I am at Google. Google accepts me for who I am. The great thing about Google is that you can perform at your best because you are given the freedom to create your own environment in which you yourself can perform at your best.”

Interested in seeing more of Mizu and his incredible dance performances? You can find watch his videos on his YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/MIZUinYT
Googler Spotlight: Olivier Teboul


Olivier Teboul has been working as a search quality engineer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil since last August. We asked him about how the first few months of his Google tenure have been so far.

What did you do before joining Google Belo Horizonte and what made you decide to apply here?

I was doing a PhD in Paris, in Computer Vision. I decided to apply at Google because I wanted to do something challenging that would have an impact out of the small scientific community and could potentially be useful for everybody. Then I decided to apply at Google Belo Horizonte because I had the opportunity to discover Brazil before and it’s a country that I love and that offers everything including very good career opportunities, great weather, warm people, amazing nature, good food, music, sports, etc.

What has surprised you most since you've joined?

The team spirit. I’ve never had the opportunity to work with so many smart people and so many people ready to help you anytime. Often, I don’t even have to ask for help, people are asking me if they can help! I think this is all the more true as the Brazilian office has a human size. Everybody knows everybody and that makes interactions with one another way more natural.

What is your favorite thing about Google's culture?

I really enjoy the way Google considers you— not as a human resource but as a human being. From that perspective everything changes. When people trust you and treat you well, then you yourself want to give that back. I have flexible hours, my manager understands if I have private issues, Google asks me what I think should be changed or rethought and I am given the opportunity to have a personal life outside of Google. Therefore I have positive feelings about my work, and I am glad to do it. That is a win-win situation and I cannot conceive another way of working now.

What advice would you have for someone interested in applying for a job at Google?

I would tell them not to be afraid but to stay humble. Try, be yourself and do your best. Nothing more, nothing less. If you succeed that’s great, and that's just the beginning! If not, no big deal: you won’t be the first, you won’t be the last and that’s perfectly fine.
Googler Spotlight: Irene Sung


Irene Sung has worked at Google since 2007 and is the Head of Technology and Telecommunications at our Singapore office. We spoke to Irene about the Google teams and initiatives she participates in that are outside of her core role.

What are your favorite things about Google?

So many things! Professionally, it always changes. I love variety so it is never stagnant, and the people I work with are great. Also, the company, the teams I work with every day, and the benefits of being at this amazing office.

What has been the most amazing experience or day you've had at Google thus far?

I love being a part of GoogleServe, because it gives all of us Googlers an opportunity to give back to the community as a team. My very first GoogleServe experience was when we did a visitation at a retirement home, where we repainted the entire place. That experience has stayed with me for years, and now I continue to do it every year. I have organized GoogleServe at Singapore for the past two years. Google on a larger scale is a very charitable company, and has [groups such as] Women@Google and Gayglers. It’s awesome that I can be a part of it.

Do you have any messages to women who are looking into working in the tech industry?

I believe that women bring in the emotional touch to our work. But it’s not gender, age, or background, but its about where you yourself want to be in your career. That is what will get you to where you want to be in the future. EQ is better than IQ, stick it out, and reach for your goals. But remember that you also need your support team. Be true to yourself. Do not take the backseat, be the driver. Claim your place!
Googler Spotlight: Charles Taylor


Sometimes Googlers get the opportunity to move to an international location and work out of a new Google office. People Ops specialist Charles Taylor got that opportunity last spring, when he moved from Mountain View to Tokyo for two months. We asked him about his experience moving halfway around the world.


What brought you to the Japan office and how did you feel about working in a different country?
I went to Japan (Tokyo specifically) as a part of the HR Rotational Associate Program. Visiting Japan has always been a major goal of mine, so to finally have the chance to not just visit but to live there for a few months was amazing! I was a bit nervous about going to live in another country for a few months, especially because I don't speak Japanese, but everyone I met was really nice and helpful. I had a truly incredible experience.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in your first couple of weeks in Tokyo?
I have terrible navigational skills (I get lost trying to find restaurants that I've gone to dozens of times), so getting around was a bit of a challenge. The Tokyo subway system is massive, so it took a bit of time to figure out the best route to work. Also, figuring out what to have for dinner each day was a challenge; there was so much good food! The sushi really is better in Japan :-).

What team and project did you work on during your time there?
I worked on the GoogleEDU team within our Learning & Development group. I had a chance to work with senior-level executives to determine the learning and training needs in the Tokyo office, re-design and implement a new Noogler orientation curriculum throughout all of our APAC countries, and lead/facilitate more than 20 GoogleEDU individual classes. I also had a chance to visit a number of countries, including China, Singapore, and Taiwan.

What were the biggest differences you found between the Tokyo office and the Mountain View office?
I think there were a couple of cultural differences. In general, people seemed to be a bit less talkative and more restrained in how much information they shared with others. Also, the office cafe served Miso soup every day, along with the most delicious rice I've ever tasted. Indian curries are really big in Japan, which was another delicious surprise!
Googler Spotlight: Jay Trinidad


Jay Trinidad is our Head of Consumer Marketing and Strategy for Google Asia and works in the Tokyo office. When we asked him to describe a typical day, he pointed out that he is a creature of routine. “A routine helps me get the most out of my time. My time reflects my priorities.”

7:00 am: Wake up.
7:00 - 8:00 am: “Hobby Hour” to study Japanese & Mandarin. “I really like learning different languages, which is why I make sure to have my hobby hour every day where I can learn other languages.”
8:00 - 9:00 am: Gym.
9:00 - 9:15 am: Breakfast.
9:30 - 10:00 am: Check emails.
10:00 am: Write down the single most important thing of the day and do it before noon “because I just feel better that way.”
10:00 - 4:00 pm: Attend meetings throughout the day.
Between 12:00 and 2:00 pm: Always have lunch between 12:00 and 2:00: “This is non-negotiable!...The cafe food is really, really good here. If I wasn’t a visitor in Japan, I would probably eat here for all three meals everyday. I also like the size of the Japan office. It allows a certain level of intimacy with my team that you can’t really experience anywhere else. Everyone is close by, so the chemistry of team is great. Sometimes I eat outside the office because I want to take advantage of being in Tokyo.”
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Check emails again.
6:00 pm: Done!
Googler Spotlight: Fuzzy Khosrowshahi


Fuzzy Khosrowshahi is an engineering tech-lead manager at Google NYC, responsible for the development of Google Docs & Spreadsheets. Prior to joining Google, Fuzzy co-founded 2Web Technologies, LLC, a Software product company which was acquired by Google in 2005 and is responsible for the technology behind Google Spreadsheets. We asked Fuzzy what it was like joining Google coming from a smaller company.

What was the transition like coming from a startup to Google?
It was very easy transitioning to Google from our own startup. We were used to taking care of everything for our startup (e.g. taxes, accounting, marketing, etc). All of a sudden we were relieved of all the items we really did not want to deal with and we were able to focus all our time and energy to developing and launching a great product. Furthermore, we were pleasantly surprised that Google added an engineer on day one to our team to make sure that we had adequate resources.

What was the biggest challenge you faced during your transition?
The biggest challenge was digesting all the information being thrown at me. For the first month, I was a bit overwhelmed with all the information and classes that were available to me. I wanted to make sure I did not miss anything. Looking back on it, I should have relaxed more and not worried so much about being super-productive immediately.

What surprised you the most your first month at Google?
I was amazed at how fast decisions were made in such a large company. I’ve worked in many large companies in the past and every decision required several levels of approval. It seemed to me like Google went above and beyond to remove roadblocks for me and my team so we can succeed. For example, getting a second computer in financial firms was a big ordeal. At Google, I was able to walk to a Tech Stop and get a machine a few minutes later. Similarly, product and launch decisions were much easier to make. Overall I felt quite empowered - almost like I was still in my startup and Google was merely an investor in my company.

What is your favorite thing about Google's culture?
From day one, the thing I have valued and loved about Google the most is the openness and the eagerness of Googlers to help each other. I was amazed when I started that the entire codebase was available for me to review. I was also pleasantly surprised that if I emailed our JavaScript Google Group with questions, within minutes I would receive a handful of helpful responses. I felt like I had a team of the best Java and JavaScript developers in the world as my advisors. Not sure if I can place a price tag on that.
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