I joined Google 1300 days ago. Yesterday was my last day. As someone who likes to think of himself as living in the future, I've known that this day would someday come. Now that it has, I feel optimistic about what's next, but also bittersweet about what I'm leaving behind: great friends, passionate colleagues, and interesting individuals who've taught me a lot about myself and about the Great Big World.
Next week I'll begin work at a 6-person startup based in San Francisco called NeonMob (sign up here!). I'll be focused on building a community and growing the service, which I believe is building an important, new platform for digital creatives and art enthusiasts.
In my time at Google, I helped create Google Developers (developers.google.com), redesigned the Google Profile, and recently launched new designs for the Google+1 button and brand badges. I also built a lot of bridges between people and teams, and hope that I made a positive impact (in some small way!) on how Google thinks about building social products. I’m super positive about the future of Google+ and Google, and have a great amount of hope in the increasing role that design leadership is playing across the company — and it was time for me to try my hand at something a little smaller and closer to a few dormant passions: art and collecting!