larry and sergey sure know how to throw a party!

January 21, 2005

before we get to the party the title refers to, thursday was the second day of the google global sales conference and as much as i liked the first day, the second day was even better!

they started off the day with a financials presentation, then the products team gave presentations reviewing product performance in 2004.

the coolest part of the sales conference came next: a city-wide adventure race. the group of 1500+ people split off into 250 teams of 4 or 5 and were given packets with detailed course instructions. the event was so big, they actually had to coordinate with the san francisco police department since there were all these crazy teams of people running around the city. my team decided to take it easy and we went through the course at a leisurely pace – quite fitting as our team name was “turtle” (and needless to say, we definitely didn’t win). along the course, we walked up this huge hill and ended up at coit tower. although i had been in san francisco many times, i had never gone to this place and i must say, there are some amazing views from that vantage point.

after the adventure race, they had a fancy dinner and a party with an open bar. i must say, 1500+ sales people getting drunk at a company sponsored party feels remarkably like a frat party. i’d had my fill of frat parties sometime around freshman year of college, so i had a drink and left promptly.

that was the end of the sales conference; but the very next day, a new and exciting activity started: the google annual ski trip! they bused everyone to squaw valley and we skied all day. then they had a huge party set up for us that night. apparently, last year they fit everyone at the resort hotel but this year, there are twice as many people so the party was out in the squaw parking lot. they actually set up five outdoor event tents, four medium sized ones and one huge one. each medium sized tent had a theme with coordinating food and music; there was a caribbean theme, texas theme, pop theme and a jazz theme. then, in the main tent was food from all the different themes, a few sushi platters and desert trays.

while walking around, i tried to meet new people at each tent i visited. eventually, i met a bunch of people who work in the product management group – basically, the people i’ll be working with. it was kind of a strange setting to meet co-workers who you’ll be on projects with, but everyone was cool and we had a good time chatting over the loud music. everyone i met seemed to be pretty young and energetic… i think i’m going to have a fun time working on the team :).

around 10 o’clock, larry and sergey got up and introduced the band for the evening: tainted love. they played some of their classic hits and also covered a lot of other 80s tunes. there was a huge dance floor and people were really getting down (the stiff drinks and high altitude probably greased the wheels on that one). i was feeling kinda sick and i’m a terrible dancer, so i just turned in early.

this morning, i got up and was feeling a bit better so i hit the slopes again. i’m not exactly sure why, but i got really tired while snowboarding these past few days. uh oh, maybe i’m getting old. i’ll just blame it on the high altitude and blazing sun. around 3, i finally got off the mountain and headed for the buses back to san francisco.

well, that just about covers my first week at google. now i’ll have to spend the weekend looking for a new bed and other matching bedroom furniture. oh boy, lucky me :/

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14 Responses to “larry and sergey sure know how to throw a party!”

  1. Rose Says:

    this boy’s got moves. you aint seen nothing yet.

  2. * bevLY Says:

    mj?! will the world never cease to amaze me… 😉

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Colt tower was revelation to me the first (and only time so far) I came to San Francisco. It is the most European town in the US, and the only one I visited so far where you can actually WALK around.

    -pmk

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Um, try New York for walking.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Yikes–Tainted Love was the favorite band of Tellme, which had the same buzz (less success) and reputation as Google…. Let’s hope Google doesn’t end up like Tellme.


  6. Wow, it sounds like people at google are doing nothing then partying 😉
    But interesting to read!

  7. legion Says:

    I’ll say that they know how to throw a party. I was out at the Google Compound for the San Jose SES convetion in August and we had a great time at the “Google Dance”. Only trouble was we drank them out of alcohol!

  8. Morphina Says:

    Next time sex, drugs & rock’nd roll, jeje


  9. Drugs are bad, my friend 8-)…

  10. anna Says:

    umm, are they hiring??

  11. James Carter Says:

    Hey Jen.

    I was jsut reading through your thread and I am wondering about the adventure race you had in the city. You see, we were the company who proposed that idea to them and they told us they ended up doing a ‘track and field’ day and I never questioned it.

    Before we take any additional ideas to Google, I would like to know exactly how close the event was to what we proposed. We were pretty specific and certainly we do not own the corner of adventure racing, but the basic is exactly what we proposed.

    Would you mind giving me some additional information?

  12. markjen Says:

    Hi James – It was a sort of activity where we were running around the city with a list of directions and trying to answer a quiz. The directions would be as clear as possible, but you had to read them carefully. At each destination, we were supposed to find an answer to a question. We were in teams of 4 people.

    At one point, we had to link together using a rope and carabiner they gave us, but that was all the equipment I remember them giving us. They had people along the route to make sure we weren’t trying to divide and conquer.

  13. James Carter Says:

    Hi mark.

    Thank you for the information. That really helps and it does sound different enough from what we proposed top have to be unduly secretive in the future. It is still a little bit of a bummer because we were the only ones proposing a city-wide race to them at the time and they kept telling us they wanted a version of a ‘track and field’ day.

    Curiously, did you have opportunities for more than one team to work together? or switch team members?

    Thanks again. I appreciate you telling me a little about it.

    Make it a great day!

  14. markjen Says:

    Hi James – The teams were pretty independent. There wasn’t much cross-team interaction. We were all competing against each other.


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