When I joined Google I really believed that they would be out of business within a year just because a lot of startups failed, most startups fail. And so for me it was about getting that experience.
I had enough confidence that I could go back to a traditional media company and take my experience and become their in-house Internet expert. So I wasn’t too worried that Google would go out of business. The problem is Google never went out of business. They just kept racking up success after success.
So there never came a point where I said "Oh well, now’s the time for me to leave because they’re clearly going to fail." And I really didn’t have a lot of time to think about it because I was so busy every day with new challenges and I was so engaged in what I was doing that it never really occurred to me. I don’t think at any point during the time I was at Google, that I should think about another job.
In Their Own Words is recorded in Big Think's studio.