On October 9th, two weeks ago, our company was acquired by Google. Loic asked me about it on camera at Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday.

A few days after the acquisition we were on a plane to San Francisco, and now, as we’re starting the second week in our new roles, most of the new faces have been met and we’re able to find the way to our desks in the morning. It’s time to focus on implementing the stuff that we came here to do.

To me Google is a chance to work as part of the largest concentration of software engineering talent in existence, especially a few individuals whose work has been instrumental to my own work and thinking lately; and, if we succeed, profoundly change the Web. Other facets of life play into the picture too. Some of my best friends live here, and two of Ulla’s key collaborators are in the Bay Area.

Still, it’s a change. Our families are 10 hours away. Moving with a baby is different from traveling as a couple. In Helsinki our company had the luxury of total obscurity. Suddenly, at Google, it feels like everyone’s eyes are fixed on what the company will do next.

By the way, I also turned 30 on Friday. Picasso supposedly once said that it takes a long time to grow young. Looking around, it’s hard to name an environment that could better keep us from growing up.


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Len Edgerly
October 23rd, 2007 at 2:11 am (#)

Although I’m a loyal Twitterer, I wish you well on your adventure and enjoy having this personal look at the lives behind the big story of Google/Jaiku. Nice entry.

October 23rd, 2007 at 2:17 am (#)

As a user of Jaiku, I only can wish you and tha Jaiku team, the best of luck.
Hope you can be reunited with your family soon.

Clay Newton
October 23rd, 2007 at 8:44 am (#)

best of luck in your new role and the exciting times ahead for you … and happy birthday! I can’t imagine having to move that far from family. I don’t know if it was short notice, but after watching your chat with Loic, it sounds like you have it well figured out. I am eagerly awaiting the evolution of Jaiku & GOOG.

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