Working at Google in Waterloo, Canada

identified Waterloo as a place they wanted to
be a number of years ago. The community has this
really interesting history of entrepreneurialism that goes
right back to the Industrial Revolution. And we wanted to make
a statement that look, we are going to help
drive the next hundred years of innovation
and entrepreneurialism. But we want to be part of what
is in this building– some of the most successful startups
we’ve seen in the last 10 years. If you were to take a look at
the resumes of the people we hire, you would
see people who are astounding musicians, athletes. We have people who have
been to the Olympics. There are people here who
are professional jugglers, and just somehow they found us. It’s that diversity of ideas
that lets us be innovative in a way, I think,
that helps people. Above all, we’re trying
to create a community. People come here, they
love working here. We’re very open. We just had an
all-hands earlier today. Google does a lot of
things in the community. Many of you are helping out. FEMALE SPEAKER: The way
that Geek Street will work is we will have
about 20 partners from throughout the region,
including FIRST LEGO League, which is being managed
by one of our own Waterloo Googlers, and then a
couple of other startups from the region who will also be
featured at the digital street fair. STEVEN WOODS: The
fact that we work on projects that have enormous
reach around the world is a huge thing. It allows us to try new things
that have enormous impact. ERIK KALVAINEN: The best
thing of working on Fiber is to imagine what
the ideal TV is. Once you imagine that,
you can actually build it. DREW BRADSTOCK: The
ads work we do up in Waterloo is
actually really cool. We have to make sure our product
and the other ad’s products works everywhere. We’ve helped a lot
of publishers greatly improve the content
they have and make sure that they can continue offering
it by being more profitable. JOANNE McKINLEY: One of our
current flagship products would be Gmail for iOS. People are looking
for our expertise. Here, it’s developed over that
many years at Google Waterloo. When I’m looking to
hire people for my team, I look for generalists
and flexibility. ILIA TULCHINSKY: We work on all
parts of the technology stack. Probably the common
unifying part of all of them is the Google scale–
billions of users, millisecond latencies,
and things like that. We have people with
experience that involves backends, frontends. It’s great having
that mix in one team. STEVEN WOODS: Every
project in the office serves Google’s
mission, which is to help organize the
world’s information and make it universally
accessible and usable. It’s a community of the
best engineers and product developers you
could ever imagine. And that’s a pretty amazing
place to work every day. ALEX NICOLAOU: We reach
billions of people with Chrome, and so the changes
that we’re making affect so many people’s
lives for the better, and that’s what gets me up
for work in the morning. JOANNE McKINLEY: The rush that
every day you release software and it affects this
many people, well that’s one of the
opportunities that you have working at
Google, actually. You just affect so many people. STEVEN WOODS: The
reason to come here is that you are
never, ever going to work with a group of people
who are of higher quality, who are more empowered to take
their ideas and make them real.

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