Thursday, February 22, 2007

Talk by Vint Cerf

There was a talk by Vint Cerf yesterday as part of Google speaker series.
I was expecting something interesting and so joined Alok and Gautam for it.
Unfortunately, it was just a very serious recruitment drive thinly disguised as a talk :-(

At times, he would stop explaining the very basics or waxing eloquent about how google was super awesome place to be at and would actually get into something interesting - like the design considerations when they started off, etc : but would stop really fast.
We suspected that the people sitting in front of him might have been a bunch of college kids who would just space out when he got technical, or he had strict instructions 'this is a recruitment drive'.
The Q&A session was an absolute waste of time (we walked off after the initial few q's) and were limited to how great 'page rank' was (newsflash - this is not 1998 !) or how to get into google, etc.

Unfortunate waste of time ... giving the rest of the google speaker series a pass : I dont want to sit through another series of 'why is google a great place to work' type talk.


Blogger aadis said...

Ah, not feeling *that* bad about missing it now :D

2/23/2007 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Radhika Suman

2/23/2007 03:59:00 AM  
Blogger compu said...

Why is it that presentations by Googlers inevitably end up sounding like recruiting campaigns. Either they must have some serious Kool Aid there or....

Also, was at the last NY talk and the Q&A there blew too; half the room left, the other half just talked over it.

5/12/2007 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

yep, the ol' google name does not do it anymore to pull candidates imo ... there are people who actively shoot down a google interview offer 'cos of their snobbish attitude.
So they are sponsoring events/talks/code camps to attract recruits.

What is sad is the people they use to pitch for these drives.

5/13/2007 08:47:00 AM  

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