Doug Edwards took down the Xooglers blog because he's working on a book about Google and didn't want to leave spoilers out there. Unfortunately, that also took down all the posts that I wrote, but Doug was kind enough to send me a copy. It's a Microsoft Word file, which normally I would not link to, but somehow Word manages to keep all the formatting and links intact. For those of you who just can't stand Word, here's a PDF and HTML.
Warning: it's 251 pages long, though a lot of that is comments.
(For those who don't know, Xooglers was a blog where Doug and I wrote about our experiences working at Google.)
[UPDATE 5/1/11] Thanks to Mayank Jain for producing a PDF with working hyperlinks! So no need to mess with the HTML or Word versions any more. (I'll keep them up for now just in case someone has linked to them.)
Please note that this document is still copyrighted by me, so please do not reproduce it without permission.
As a current Googler who just passed his 1 year anniversary, the xooglers blog is quite fascinating. I read until you made it through the IPO before heading to bed.
Thanks for posting it, and contrary to some of the comments, I never got the impression you were bitter about anything. I can't figure out what they might have been reading.
"Bitter" is much too strong a word. On balance it was an overwhelmingly positive experience, and there's no question I'd do the whole thing over again. But there are certainly some things I wish had been done differently -- by them and by me.
gona miss xoogler. used to give a nice insight into the startup mode google from the early days of the decade.
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