April 29, 2004


Google's going public. You may have heard. Or not.

It's hard to say; to me, it seems like this is all anyone's been talking about anyway. The pressfolk lurking outside our offices today seem to suggest a general interest. But my perspective is probably a bit skewed.

I've never been more proud to work at Google than when I read the S-1. Ever since seeing a Frontline about how auctions were the solution to IPO corruption, I had dreamed of the day when some responsible corporation could show Wall Street how it's done. I never would have guessed that I'd be working for the company in question when it happened.

I also am glad about the dual class offering. Larry Page points out all the remarkable things that make Google a unique place to work in his Founder's Letter. Any system that allows him and the current management team to retain control is a good one in my book. My god, the man specifically called out free lunches as an important part of employee culture!

Finally, I love the fact that, as noticed on /., the actual sum to be raised by the IPO is $2,718,281,828 or e x 10^9. Given that I was a debater, quizbolwer and officer of the math club, it's really something to be at a place where I don't even come close to the top of the dork-o-meter.

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