global sales conference – google style

January 18, 2005

well, it’s day two and i’m attending google’s global sales conference to learn about the message being pushed in the field and to try to get up to speed about as many products as fast as possible.

all in all, the conference is done really well. the logistics are coordinated well, the equipment is top notch, and of course, there’s tons of food and drink to be had. the content is quite interesting, but i’m not allowed to share most of it (sorry :p)

while at the conference, i’ve gotten some new perspective and had some time to reflect upon the factors driving my decision to leave microsoft for google. here’s what i came up with:

  • i wanted to work at a company that focuses on disruptive technologies.
  • i wanted work to be fun.
  • i wanted to work on stuff i thought was interesting.

they addressed each of these three things during presentations at the conference. google is not afraid to – in fact, they are committed to – creating new technologies that transform the way people use the internet. the sales conference, the people and the atmosphere of googolplex screams one theme: work == play, play == work. finally, as most of you know, google allows employees to dedicate 20% of their time towards their own ideas and inventions. additionally, you can easily shift around in the company to projects that most accurately match your interests.

not to mention that the company has some cool perks and definitely knows how to party. free food, open bars, lots of swag, company ski trip… they sure pile on the goodies 🙂


11 Responses to “global sales conference – google style”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hey Mark,

    hope you’ll keep posting about your experiences; from here in a small town in the UK, it’s really interesting reading about life at Google. Congratulations on landing the job; sounds great. Good luck!

    Can you tell us a bit more about what you’re going to be doing? (Like, are you an engineer, marketer, SQA or what?)



  2. Solomon Chan Says:

    Hey Mark! Wow congrats on the new job! Keep up the posts man, it seems like a dream from my perspective so you’ll be feeding the fantasies or disillusioning me about life in google. BTW where’s the company located?

  3. maxxhead Says:

    Wow – i read your story on and found it interesting. It seems like google should’ve known better with the way people are so open with things and so few can keep a secret anymore and what with all the wide reaching easy ways to ‘shout out’ thru digital technology, it’s no wonder there’s any secrets left!

  4. Bryan Says:

    Hey Mark,

    Where was the google conference. I work for Marriott and would like to touch base with Google about doing more events with them.


  5. markjen Says:

    Hi Bryan – The Google conference was at the San Francisco Hilton. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to help put you in contact with the appropriate parties at Google; good luck though!

  6. Вадим Says:

    Так ведь без недостатков достоинства незаметны 🙂

  7. Azot Says:

    Давно хотел спросить, автор, вы где живёте? В каком городе? Если не серкет:)

  8. Текст оставил сложное, неоднозначное, впечатление… Даже не знаю, что сказать… Нужно время, чтобы обдумать прочитанное.

  9. Илья Says:

    Что-то мне кажется, на вашем блоге развелось слишком много так называемых говн*комментатров, которым лишь бы ляпнуть чего-нибудь:)

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