Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Goodbye Google

Google


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Today is my last day working at Google.

It has been an incredible ride for the almost 5 years I have been at Google. I have been able to see the company grow and flourish over the years and I in turn have grown and learned so much. It has been an invaluable experience to me being able to work on some of the most innovative products and to work with so many brilliant minds.

I still remember the days when the whole Blogger team sat together in one little area and Eric, Steve, Tine, Graham, and I were all squished together in a tiny office throwing Koosh balls at each other. Things were crazy back then, but that is also the time I treasure the most, when things were smaller and more intimate.

While at Google, I got to build up my own team from scratch, establish new processes and work on some pretty awesome projects with some pretty awesome people (Blogger, BlogSearch, and AdWords).

I have accepted an offer at a startup company in Palo Alto called Palantir that does data analysis. The company is small and growing as Google was also a "small" growing "start-up" at the beginning of my time here. I miss and thrive in that environment and this opportunity allows me to do that once again.

I truly treasure the time I have spent at Google. I have made many friendships that will last a lifetime.

Here's to what's next in the future!

48 comments:

Moon In My Mirror said...

Sounds exciting! Nothing like a 'new adventure' to motivate and inspire - good luck!

ThomasHan said...

Kimmy!

Congrats, this is awesome news and very exciting. Congrats and hope you'll enjoy the new challenges

Tuff-Stuff said...

I have seen a few Google jobs posted just recently but do not have the luxury of being able to apply due to location. What a fabulous experience! Good luck with your next endeavor...and keep blogging!

Whitenoise said...

Good luck with your new venture. Challenge is good.

Soulful Jenn said...

Just when u've made it on the Blogs Of Note!

Stay blessed :)

chiya said...

Wow...google. Well I hope you have lots of fun with what you're doing now

Devin J. Garman said...

Congradulations on your new job!

khald said...

Hi Kimmy

I wish you happiness

I hope to visit my blog

thank you

Graham said...

Congratulations on some great googling, and on finding a fun new gig. I hope you have as much fun and success at Palantir. Thanks for all the googleblogiversaries!

Mai said...

good luck kimbalina, blogger won't be the same without you! congratulations!

Jane said...

i'm sure this is a day of mixed emotions for you as you start a new chapter.. good luck at Palantir!

Nerissa said...

while I was reading this post, I thought about how brave you are, giving up a nice job in a nice company and I am sure that you have had great bonding with people there yet you never hesitate to leave and give it up. I know in life we can't have what we really want without risking.....Good luck to all your future endeavors!

Banco de Imágenes Gratuitas said...

Hello Kimbalina,

For you, this is your last day at Google, and for me, is the start of a new experience...

I have 5 years waiting for work at Google.

First, I want to know the headquarters at Mountain View CA, and then, I want to work at Google.

But, I think that one day...

P.D. Blogs of Note has a gift for you. God Bless you!

Sincerely,
José Luis Ávila Herrera
Nashville, TN. USA.

HawBone said...

Yaay welcome to Palantir :)

Amalie/Emma (take your pick) said...

Congrats on Blogs of Note and good luck with the new job! I love purple too. ;)

Mina Jade said...

Congratulations for both the new and the old jobs, it's a great thing that you worked by Google, which I like much.

juliana said...

Your blog is good..good luck with your new job, its very hard leave a job what we like..
bye bye

Christine Songco said...

cheese

My bestest/closest friend at Google - we've shared so many moments together! The new memories will never be the same without you. Even though we were in separate offices, there was something comforting about coming back to MV and knowing you'd be there to give me a big hug. I'm so going to miss you and our crazy inside jokes - for now it's not 'goodbye' but perhaps 'see you at lunch/dinner/on the weekends/to play wii/ds'? Even better, maybe you can be my holiday date at the next party? =P honestly though, i'm so proud of you kimmy froggy.

/cheese

PS - thanks for enlightening me on puppy farts.

Bitkileri Anlamak said...

very good blog,

maybe i'll work google ;)

Bamboo said...

never forget your time at Google..

And Google will never forget you... just google it.

Bamboo.

Allen said...

Kimmy,

Congratulations on your new gig. I hope you find it a rewarding and fulfilling experience. I enjoyed working with you at Google, and hope to cross paths with you again some day.

Allen

Montag said...

cool

Dillon said...

thats pretty cool that you worked for google. How many years? Must have been really fun.

Madness said...

Good luck in all you do. Im a new reader.. I couldnt help myself.. I have to ask.. about your disclaimer at the bottom of your blog .. fear of being "dooced"? Made me laugh, as I love dooce! I cant wait to sit back with a bottle of wine and read all of your archives! yay!

fauzan2001 said...

good luck in all u do. Iam a new reader.my i link ur blog??

sachin said...

need guts to leave a company like google and join a startup.

alkinoos said...

Kimmy, good luck in your new job.
Have a happy life.
This is an opportunity to thank you.
By presenting seminars I had an audience of 30 persons at most. By using blog facility, in a few weeks, thousands of persons have daily access to what I like to present.
I believe that your team gave to people another level of freedom.
Thank you.

Brett said...

Heres to your future, may it hold more than you wish for.

Ganesan said...

Congrats for your blog. wish u all success in ur future endeavours

Omar said...

You have been so lucky to have worked for THE super Google. Good luck and take care!

Shakespere said...

You lucky Gal!

Google is indeed a blessing.
Thanks to you and all of your coworkers.

pasteurella said...

Good luck in your new career!!

Katie said...

awww good luck with everything. Google rules!

San Francisco Photos said...

It sounds like you had a great experience there!!

Archit said...

goog luck

Archit said...

very nice blog

vedana.net said...

Congrats Kimmy! Best of luck, was way fun working together all those years. I still remember interviewing you for your first Goog job. :)

-E

Melodieann said...

Congratulations on your next adventure. I always try to thank those of you that helped bring Blogger into being since it has done so much for me. Good luck at Palantir and keep us updated. We'll be looking for your next post.

Lyhwaku said...

Hi,your Blogger is very cool....Kisssssss!

Kenneth said...

hey.....I just did an MBA project on Adwords and Adsense, nd its nice to comment on the blog of a woman who had a part to play in it....Best of luck in ur new endeavour...it takes a lotta guts to leave an established "grown up" to start nourishin an "adolescent" again...I'm sure it'l work out for u...cheers

sanjeet said...

hats off to you for working with google for 5yrs. Hard to imagine you are quitting.
Good luck for your new assignment.

mishijishi said...

we're going to miss you over here. but i'm glad you're moving on to newer things. good luck! =)

Anonymous said...

Kulia I Ka Nuu! That's the phrase for: Strive for the highest!

Go for it, girl!

Licious said...

WOW! How adventurous of you to leave Google and return to a start up! I admire your tanacity!!

petra michelle said...

First, thank you for helping bring Blogger into existence! Second, although I don't know you, because of your blog, I feel there is a part of you and everyone else who blogs, I have come to know. Good luck on your next phase of life's journey. Petra

leafless said...

I love all services provided by Google. Blogsearch is my favorite. Thanks for your great contributions.

Ray said...

GOOGLE ME THIS, GOOGLE ME THAT BATMAN! YUMMY!!!

vrajesh said...

congratulations...