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    Why I left Google to join Grab person medium.com
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    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a man in possession of a new job, must be in want of a blog post explaining why.

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      int
      main(int argc, char *argv[])
      {
              if (argc != 3) {
                      fprintf(stderr, "usage: %s oldcompany newcompany\n", argv[0]);
                      return 1;
              }
              printf("Why I left %s to join %s", argv[1], argv[2]);
              return 0;
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        This is a fun read but it’s basically a pitch for the company Yegge is joining. Not saying it’s wrong, or it’s not entertaining, but I feel it’s off-topic for this site.

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          Agreed, the part about Google’s culture is interesting, but I dropped off as he started to rave about Grab and how transformative it is for SSA. I like reading about where know tech people are at though.

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            He wrote a bit more about Google today in a followup post.

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          On the one hand, it’s nice to see someone stoked about their new job. On the other hand, I definitely raised an eyebrow a few times while reading this post:

          To my lasting surprise, I have gone to war. There is no better way to put it. I feel like I’ve joined a literal revolutionary war, surrounded by and fighting alongside guerilla troops, and it’s win or die. […] This war is happening on two fronts: Online and offline. […] I’ve seen Grab’s hunger. I’ve felt it. I have it. This space is win or die. They will fight to the death, and I am with them.

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            The analogy to war is pathetic. Anyone’s who’s been in an actual war would tell you it’s not something to crow about; you don’t get PTSD from a failed startup unless you are doing it very wrong.

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            Grab is the biggest startup in the history of Southeast Asia. Grab is fighting the most important battle in the world today, on the biggest stage. I am typing this on a plane coming back from Jakarta, where I just witnessed history in the making.

            Grab is the new blockchain

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              Yegge is a smart dude, but his criticism of Google, that it is no longer customer focused, struck me as strange. Google’s customers aren’t the people who use their free services; they’re the advertisers who buy access to the data that the free billions generate. The entirety of what he describes as Google isn’t a business – it’s simply a way for the money machine to spread risk and keep tens of thousands of engineers busy. 99% of Google could disappear and the spice would still flow, as it were.

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                Yegge knows how to pitch, but when I saw what he was pitching it reminded me of one the problems I have with many startups today: automating things that might be better left un-automated.

                For instance, I really enjoy going out to restaurants and browsing brick and mortar stores. For someone who works from home these are nice opportunities for random social interaction. I don’t think the world will ever devolve to a complete “shut-in culture”.. we can make the argument that these innovations will free us up for more high quality social interaction, but it still feels troubling to me. Even the idea of stores without floor employees is troubling.

                That’s all I want to say except that I do agree that the article is somewhat off-topic here. I hesitated before replying because the reason I like lobsters is that we tend to stay on track with tech rather than digressing into social topics. This is the last I’ll say on this.

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                  This company, with some 3000 employees I think, is more unified than I’ve seen with most 5-person companies.

                  All I saw was “blah blah blah” until I read this. That’s pretty damn impressive.