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Google getting ordinary

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Robert takes a tour in the Google’s Kirkland office and the place definitely looks very different from what is used to see from Google. Even alarmingly so, I would say. I know that at Google they are highly aware of their own doings; Google Kirkland Wall of FameI’m just presenting a humble and unauthoritative opinion here. Disclaimer done, let’s get on with it…

The office looks very ordinary, but still they’ve tried to make it a bit googly. I think that ‘Wall of Fame’ (pictured left) captures the whole issue well: the playful style just doesn’t match the rest of the place. Such a wall probably fits very well to the plex — occupying at least 1416sqf! — but on that tiny wall it looks only ridiculous. I understand that the kind of artifacts are an essential part of the culture, but I believe such a culture just cannot live in a place like that. There’s something fundamentally lame in that office! I wouldn’t want to work there. If they needed an R&D-office in Kirkland, A brainstorming mezzanine in Googleplexthey should’ve just built another, smaller Googleplex with inspiring spaces like the one on the right (click image for more). The magnificient and ingenious makings of the company are nothing but sorry fillarcs on a creamy-white wall. I bet it’s only a matter of time for their apps to start resemble that Kirkland office. (They produce many current apps there; watch the show.)

Hello, Microsoft 2.0, and goodbye! Let’s us else move on. As they could ask, will the next real programmer Shangri-La please stand up? (It’s found within, of course, but a nice environment wouldn’t hurt still.)

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Written by Janne Savukoski

November 24, 2006 at 4:08 pm

Posted in Culture

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  1. SOASTA gets my vote for next Shanri-La. They bought all their employees two 30-inch Apple screens and a MacPro and a MacBookPro.

    Robert Scoble

    November 25, 2006 at 12:12 am

  2. Waaay cool! :) Hope those displays have some res also. (It’s them pixels that count with eclipse etc. — area just makes your neck ache.) I’m a win/linux guy all the way, but I guess x is becoming a decent dev platform; or, perhaps they’re running win on those…

    Ok, but that doesn’t still quite yet suffice for a paradise, (they’re in the testing business, for starters :) but I guess that’s a start. For another kind of example, Cambrian House has some serious spirit; and that’s a good thing as long as it’s genuine. Also, that blessed Blizzard is apparently providing a lot of nice things for it’s people… Or, Linden Lab? (why it’s not labs…) But, I’m too far from the valley to actually know anything. I hope we have some definitive answers before I get there. :)

    Janne Savukoski

    November 25, 2006 at 1:20 am


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