A few weeks into my job at Google, a colleague seamlessly incorporated the plural form of the word “focus” into a meeting (i.e., “foci”)—and in a sidebar taught me how the word was properly pronounced (something like “faux-sci”).
I’d found my people.
For nearly four years, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with hundreds of incredibly talented people as we collaborated on making new products like the Firebase suite, and improving some mature ones, like Chrome.
In the process, I’ve been given the opportunity to travel the world meeting with developers, customers, the press, and fellow Googlers, and to participate in some amazing events, like Google I/O and the Beijing Google Developer Day.
And now, it’s time to move on.
After months of reflection, earlier this year I decided that it was time for a change.
While I’ve thrived on the challenges that come from working at some of the world’s largest companies (Walmart before Google and, briefly, HP before that), I can see the end of my operational career approaching, and I want at least one more startup-scale experience before that happens.
And, as I considered the startup landscape, a confluence of factors led me to Segment, where I’m now leading product. (More on that another time.)
Parting from my Google family has indeed been sweet sorrow; I’ll miss my friends and treasure the memories. But I’m absolutely thrilled at the chance to be a part of a new family at Segment, and thus, go on to the next career adventure.