How Google Works | Angel Ceballos — Designer / New York Photographer
Angel Ceballos
How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
Dec 15, 2014 • Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google Works

Highlights: “You should hire the best engineer you can find, regardless of her coding preference, because if she’s the best she can down enough Java to C how to make the Python Go.”

“You need to have confidence in your people, and enough self-confidence to let them identify a better way.”

“Over time I’ve learned, surprisingly, that it’s tremendously hard to get teams to be super ambitious. It turns out most people haven’t been educated in this kind of moonshot thinking. They tend to assume that things are impossible, rather than starting from real-world physics and figuring out what’s actually possible. It’s why we’ve put so much energy into hiring independent thinkers at Google, and setting big goals. Because if you hire the right people and have big enough dreams, you’ll usually get there. And even if you fail, you’ll probably learn something important. It’s also true that many companies get comfortable doing what they have always done, with a few incremental changes. This kind of incrementalism leads to irrelevance over time, especially in technology, because change tends to be revolutionary not evolutionary. So you need to force yourself to place big bets on the future.”

Finished reading: Dec 2014

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