Last day at Google

The response to my last post has been fantastic. I've had a ton of really nice email and an abundance of comments. Thanks to everyone who wrote in and just a few quick follow-ups to provide a bit more clarity:

  • Where are you *really* going? I see you Twittering a lot, you're going to Twitter aren't you? No. I'm really going to take about 6 weeks off before I dive into the next thing. I've been approached about a few exec/CEO type positions at some smaller companies and I have a lot to think about. If I were betting on me (?), I would say odds are good that I'm going to start my own company in the fall/winter and will pick up on some great discussions I've had with VCs and angels in September. You never know though, there might be something awesome that might be a perfect fit.
  • Did you leave Google yet? I work here and I saw you lurking in a hallway, should I call Security? My last day is today. In fact, I'm planning to go to my favorite cafe (Charlie's) tomorrow at Noon on the main campus. If you are reading this blog, and are a Google employee and want to have lunch together one last time - let's meet up there, that would be fun. Please don't call Security, yet.
  • I have an idea and would like to buy you breakfast/lunch/coffee/dinner/iPhone, when is good for you? That's awesome. I love eating things but let's do it in September - I need a break.
  • My idea is awesome, you're an idiot for not listening to it now! Yes, I probably am.
  • Now that you're leaving Google, how can I get my business proposal in from of the right person? As I told the folks at the Dealmaker Media "Partnering with Gorillas" session the other night, the front door is always a good approach.
  • What will you miss about Google? The friends, the food, and the fun secret projects. Not always in that order.
  • I want to add you to my address book, how should I keep in touch? I like using LinkedIn for business contacts and here is my profile page. Otherwise, if you are just looking to hear about what's next. This blog is always a good way to go.
  • Did I see that you did an interview for the Wall Street Journal recently? Yes, as a matter a fact I did. Thanks for asking.

Clearly I'm just sandbagging now so I'll move on.

By the way, I'm going to have to work on being more salacious and print worthy. No splashy Valleywag tidbit on my exit, no Techcrunch blurb? Do I have to say something horrible about Nick Denton or Mike Arrington to get coverage in this town? Here you go, Arrington carouses with tarts and Denton... actually I hear mostly good things about him... wait I can do this... he's a cad and enjoys expensive clothes! I think I blew it. I think the last thing was actually a compliment. I think I know where nice guys finish anyway. I'll keep working on it and I'll see you on the other side of this Google thing.

Comments

Nancy said…
Stay classy Shellen!
David said…
Nice exit...enjoy your summer, talk to you in the fall.
lazy geek said…
i am unable to decide if i like gmail better than reader or vice versa.

in any case, thanks a lot for creating reader. as the entire web move towards feeds, you will be thanked for a long time to come.

take it easy dude !!
Laurent said…
Your last 4 years must have been professionally really interesting and exciting. Looking forward to hear what you will come up with in the fall!

PS: I'm a big fan of Google Reader
Derek Baird said…
I really admire your bold move to leave the security of Google to explore new opportunities.

But if your gut is telling you to move on, then by all means listen to it--it's almost always right. Best of luck in whatever new adventure you take on.

In the meantime, kick back, enjoy the "mini retirement" and have some fun.

Best of luck to you Jason.....
Lou Paglia said…
Shellen, congrats on the successful run and good luck on your next post-September endeavor. Wanted to drop a note to say that this is one of more well-written and create good-bye messages I've seen in a while (especially since the b'sphere is filled with them).

.lp
Just to let you know, WSJ link is a dud.

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