…and we’re back

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Maybe?

I’ve blogged on and off since 2003. That’s about thirteen years. Sometimes the posts flow easily, and sometimes not so much.

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How I found my startup job

Tags: jobs, startups

The first thing I had to learn when leaving Google was how to find a job.

Back in 2005, when I was about to graduate from college, I didn’t get the chance to develop any job-searching skills. Instead, my first full-time job found me. Someone referred me to Google, a recruiter contacted me, interviews were organized, and I got a job offer.

I was terrified at the time. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a purely technical career (I’ve always had a strong interest in organizational behavior and management of development). I didn’t think I would fit in the computer-geek paradise that Google marketed itself as (I didn’t code in my free time, I didn’t contribute to open source, I wasn’t a “real hacker”). But I didn’t have anything else lined up, and I thought it would be madness to reject a perfectly fine job offer without having an alternative. So I accepted.

As a consequence, when I quit Google I had to learn to find a job. This is how I went about it.

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Help me decide what to write


One of the hardest things about having a blog is deciding what to write about. Many subjects interest me. I have opinions on many topics. I have experience in a few areas. How to choose which ones to write about?

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One thing I’ve learned since leaving Google


I have a running survey asking readers what topics would they like me to write about. “Things I learned since leaving Google” is a popular topic.

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Silence

Tags: quotes, books

” […] Every day there are more sounds, and I’m afraid that, some day in the future, every sound that’s possible to make will be in the world at the same time. And since every sound has its opposite, they will cancel each other out, and at the end of the day there’ll be billions of machines with their percussive rhythms, and billions of words in a language that doesn’t work anymore, and billions of people trying to be heard, screaming their lungs out, hurling their impotent noises into a world so saturated with noise that it might as well be deaf, and dumb, and blind.”

Now it’s Astrid’s turn to say nothing.

“All the noises of the world add up to silence,” says Harold. “This world will begin and end in silence.”

Dexter Palmer: The Dream of Perpetual Motion

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