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The Confessions of Google Employee 59

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Doug Edwards, Google’s first director of marketing and brand management, offers the first inside view of the camaraderie and competition at Google. In I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee 59 he describes the first pioneering steps of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company’s idiosyncratic partners, the evolution of the company’s famously nonhierarchical structure, as well as the development of the company’s brand identity and culture.

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Comments [4]

Hugh, I think its even worse: Dont be evil. A company who choses a slogan like that must be aware of the risk of becoming evil. Or be percieved to be evil / potentially evil.

The "Lego-colors" is an obvious attempt to evoke more harmless associations. Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page play with Lego when they receive visitors. Its so manipulative.

Jul. 12 2011 07:46 PM

What was Google's motto? "Don't be bad" ?

Mr. Lopate's guest is -- obviously -- pro-Google, but NOBODY outside the google groupies believes that Google is _not_ weighting results these days.

Jul. 12 2011 01:45 PM
Andrea Hornick

What was his answer to the question, "Tell me something I don't already know?"

Jul. 12 2011 01:40 PM
Carl Orff from Palos Verdes, Ca

I interviewed at Google a few years back. People were very enthusiastic about me, but that vanished immediately they saw me---their faces fell. Perhaps I am hideously ugly, but I think it more likely that I was obviously in my forties.

I have heard similar stories from people even more obviously brilliant than I. Perhaps we're all just cry-babies with exaggerated senses of our talents and/or their usefulness to Google...but perhaps Google are wasting a potential pool of employees.

That being said, I'd say that Google were handling their power better than Microsoft had done.

Jul. 12 2011 11:59 AM

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