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Why did I leave Google or, why did I stay so long?

Noam Bardin21 days ago
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It's been two weeks since I left Google and I keep getting asked “why did I leave now”? I think the better question is “why did I stay for so long”? When Waze was acquired by Google, most of the people who know me did not believe I would last 7 weeks, let alone 7 years…

So the question of why I stayed has many different aspects to it. When we were evaluating the offers to sell the company, we asked ourselves what would really change by being acquired? Due to a bunch of mistakes early on, we did not own substantial amounts of equity and had a pretty bad relationship with some of our board members. I remember the bottom line: “wouldn't you rather work for Larry Page than our current board”? We were committed to our mission and saw this as a change in the cap table rather than a change of mission. This counted on the fact that Google had promised us autonomy to continue to act as Waze and we believed them.   

Our first day as Nooglers (New Googlers), notice how excited I seem... This was the moment I realized what had happened and that we were part of a corporationOur first day as Nooglers (New Googlers), notice how excited I seem... This was the moment I realized what had happened and that we were part of a corporation
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