I opened my inbox last night and had an email titled “Greetings from Google!”. Ah! nice try, spammers! Ok, I’ll just open it to laugh at what they came up with this time. But I’ve never seen any spam coming from before, strange.


Haha looks like a job offer.


That’s righty-dly-doo! I got a job offer (or more of a 17 interviews offer) from Google! Wahooo! What an honour! I couldn’t believe this email was dedicated to me, all I do is copy code from other people (my lawyer told me to remove this).

StandoutOfficeAlthough this is really flattering, it doesn’t overcome my passion and excitement of working at a crazy startup here in Montreal, with the best people I ever worked with: Fred, Ben and Daniel. We might not have free food and Segways, but we have a fridge full of Gurus, an amazing view and a believe we can change the world (of recruiting, for a start).

I guess some people will think I’m crazy declining this offer. But for me, this is like waiting in line at the grocery, you always have 3 choices:

  1. You pick the shortest line and you stick with it whatever happens
  2. You pick the shortest line and you switch once if another line gets shorter
  3. You pick the shortest line and you switch whenever another line gets shorter

I quit my previous job because I truly believed in Standout Jobs. I chose to dedicate a part of my life to it and now is the time to stick.
Knowing when to quit or stick is hard. Like Seth Godin say it in his life changing book The Dip:

Winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt-until they commit to beating the right Dip for the right reasons. In fact, winners seek out the Dip. They realize that the bigger the barrier, the bigger the reward for getting past it. If you can become number one in your niche, you’ll get more than your fair share of profits, glory, and long-term security.

Losers, on the other hand, fall into two basic traps. Either they fail to stick out the Dip they get to the moment of truth and then give up or they never even find the right Dip to conquer.

Seth Godin

You always have 3 choices whatever you’re trying to achieve:

  1. You try really hard until you finally get it
  2. You try really hard and quit
  3. You don’t even bother to start

The only stupid choice in those 3 is the second one.

And whoever referred me at Google, thanks a lot! This is a great honour for me!



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11 responses to “Google

  1. hey thats really cool. but does that mean Google is looking for Ruby developers? i thought they were into python, perl and also on low-level languages

  2. I don’t know. The email just said that they were looking for advanced developers with a test and tools background.

    But I’m pretty sure they are using Ruby too, they are intelligent people after all 🙂

  3. Hi Marc-Andre,

    Congrats, it’s good for the ego! What’s funny is that I’ve also received a job offering from Google last week and I’m still talking with them.

    I don’t know how far I would go with them but it’s always a good idea to be open for opportunities.


  4. Wow! congrats too Fred!

    Cool to see they are recruiting ppl from Montreal, have they finally realised we have plenty of very talented ppl here ?

    Let me know how this turns out for you! Good luck!

  5. Really cool Marc-André.

    By the way, I selected your blog for BlogDay.

  6. Wow! Thanks a lot Jerome for selecting my blog!

  7. Concerning Google, I’m just afraid that is might not be the Google we used to loved. Google is now a big company.

    I would have love to be there for the start of Google Maps, Gmail or Adsense. Now the company is maturing his business. Sure, if we project us in 10 years, I’m sure Google will release some great products by the time but it’s not like a startup company anymore.

    I totally understand why you declined the offer. Working in a small and passionate team and growing a business from the start is the most exciting.

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think Google can provide that anymore.

    What do you think?

  8. Sure Google can’t provide the kind of excitement a startup can.

    But from what I ear I think they do a pretty good job maintaining a startup or geeky culture in there. Like with the 20% rule or not having any manager.

    I really liked this talk in which they (Larry and Sergey) explain how they keep coming with innovative stuff and not feel too much corporate:

    Thanks for the comment Fred!

  9. Thanks for the links, I’ll watch the video. I like TED Talks but I missed this one obviously.

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  11. I hear good things from here in town….I don’t think the absolute very first impression you want to make to those registering is “please don’t use IE”..but then again I don’t work there…

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