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.