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This is a personal project by @dellsystem. I built this to help me retain information from the books I'm reading.

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canted

There was even a mystery floor with a canted roof and oddly shaped windows creating a visual effect that nauseated the legal department staffers housed there

—p.357 by Douglas Edwards
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Google hires really bright, insecure people

Google's obsession with metrics was forcing me to take stock of my own capabilities. What did I bring to the table? What were my limits? How did I compare? Insecurity was a game all Googlers could play, especially about intellectual inferiority. Everyone but a handful felt they were bringing down...

—p.79 by Douglas Edwards
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we will continue trusting everyone with sensitive information

In mid-2003, Susan put some product plans and strategic documents on MOMA that required a password to access. She was concerned that the sales team might accidentally spill too much to clients. As head of product management, Jonathan told her to make the documents accessible because Google so str...

—p.359 by Douglas Edwards
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they would probably prefer not to accept our cookie

What if we let users opt out of accepting our cookies altogether? I liked that idea, but Marissa raised an interesting point. We would clearly want to set the default as "accept Google's cookies." If we fully explained what that meant to most users, however, they would probably prefer not to acce...

—p.341 by Douglas Edwards
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increased clickthrough rates by four hundred percent

Eric Schmidt's choice of Susan's mid-range revenue estimate proved unduly conservative. By the end of the contract's first year, we were far above the highest projections. Part of that success may have been attributable to a small shift made by an enterprising engineer. The day after the deal wen...

—p.304 by Douglas Edwards
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Overture has a binder

"Here are Overture's policies," AOL said, dropping a phonebook-sized document on the table with a thud. "These are their editorial policies for what is allowed and what is not. Let's see yours."

"Fine. We'll show you ours," Alan replied. "Let's set up an appointment and do it right." We had no...

—p.299 by Douglas Edwards
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paying for translation by the word and not the job

It had taken us a while to post our position, interview candidates, and extend an offer, so it was August 2001 before Stephanie Kerebel, a native of France, joined our group as globalization manager. She had years of experience in dealing with professional translators and immediately implemented ...

—p.260 by Douglas Edwards
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the democracy of the web

This divide-and-conquer approach even informed the basic algorithms running Google search. Rather than basing search results solely on a single source—the content of individual web pages—Google looked at links created by millions of people to determine a site's importance. Sergey called it "the d...

—p.260 by Douglas Edwards
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getting other people to do our work for free

Insofar as we had a clear strategy, a big part of it seemed to be getting other people to do our work for free. Nowadays that's known as "crowd-sourcing." We just called it "cutting costs." Self-service AdWords, porn cookies, affiliate programs, viral marketing—all were based on many hands lighte...

—p.259 by Douglas Edwards
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Larry had a college friend

Composing a list of new CRM vendors didn't take long. Fewer than half a dozen major players offered stable, well-tested systems. Google's tech evaluation team would ensure we weren't sold a bill of goods (though they hadn't kept us from choosing Miasma), and Larry had a college friend who would a...

—p.256 by Douglas Edwards
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copacetic

Finally, the product launched and all was copacetic.

—p.251 by Douglas Edwards
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a thousand plastic playground balls piece/panopticon

When Karen took a vacation, we ordered a thousand plastic playground balls and filled her cube with them. They were still being thrown from office to office and rolling around under desks a year later.

—p.184 by Douglas Edwards
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tule fog

As I finished reading, I realized that I had allowed myself to inhale the air of inevitability settling around our office like a tule fog.

—p.139 by Douglas Edwards
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it would be far better if our competition made its own choices

Google didn't acknowledge outside firms that served the company—not even for client references. As the company grew in size and stature, suppliers begged for permission to announce their ties to us, often offering steep discounts if they could just display Google's logo on their client lists. Alm...

—p.137 by Douglas Edwards
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opportunity cost

"Do you know what our greatest corporate expense is?" Sergey asked at TGIF. The assembled Googlers looked up from their laptops. Everyone wanted the chance to be right in front of others.

"Health insurance!" shouted an engineer. "Salaries!" "Servers!" "Taxes!"

"Electricity!" "Charlie's gro...

—p.125 by Douglas Edwards
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why there weren't any African-American moms

[...] To prove that Google wasn't composed entirely of metal and wiring attached to positronic brains, I suggested we collect photos of moms from our coworkers and arrange them around the old poem spelling out "What Mother Means to Me." Straight out of the Hallmark emotional-manipulation handbook...

—p.124 by Douglas Edwards
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he had volunteered to work thirty-hour weekend shifts

About the time Ian Marsden's first Doodle ran, Karen hired an intern to help with updating the website. The intern, Dennis Hwang, was majoring in art and computer science and had helped with graphics for the gator-gone-wild horror flick Lake Placid ("You'll never know what bit you"). During his i...

—p.124 by Douglas Edwards
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bastards

Perhaps because they viewed the world through a polarizing filter of "ideal" and "suboptimal" (or "good" and "evil," if you will) and were so confident about which position they occupied in this binary system, our founders displayed a fondness for hyperbolic vilification of those who disagreed wi...

—p.106 by Douglas Edwards
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abattoir

I felt sorry for new Googlers who stepped into the reality abattoir for the first time and looked around the room with naked-at-school-nightmare eyes

—p.105 by Douglas Edwards
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we'll need to rely on branding to differentiate us

"The most important thing to consider," I began, "is that our own internal research shows our competitors are beginning to approach Google's level of quality. In a world where all search engines are equal, we'll need to rely on branding to differentiate us from everyone else."

The room grew qu...

—p.46 by Douglas Edwards
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there are only so many really smart people in the world

Had NewsHound been a disruptive technology that changed its industry, Larry and Sergey would have wanted not just the code but the Google-caliber engineers behind it. That way, Google would own their future breakthrough ideas as well as the ones they'd already developed. Larry and Sergey didn't l...

—p.41 by Douglas Edwards
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he showed up weeks before his official start date

Jeff couldn't wait to engage the challenges at Google. He showed up weeks before his official start date, before he'd even left the other company, and wrote code without being on the payroll because he "wanted to hit the ground running."

—p.37 by Douglas Edwards
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bidding-based ranking was clearly inferior

In February 1998, a small Pasadena company named GoTo started auctioning placement in search results they bought from other providers. Six months later, they claimed to have more than a thousand paying customers. According to GoTo, you didn't need fancy algorithms to determine relevance, just the...

—p.26 by Douglas Edwards
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