BillMonk talk at Google

We were invited to speak at Google on Friday (6/16/06). A bunch of our users work at Google, so this was a great chance to meet them and share the thought process that went into building BillMonk. We even have the T-shirts to prove it! (I'm not kidding. It reads: I gave a tech talk at Google.)

Since it was rather last minute, we decided to just go ahead and drive down from Seattle to the Bay Area. Mmmyep, 12 hours on I-5. On the plus side, it gave Gaurav and me a great opportunity to chat about a huge range of BillMonk topics, from short-term technical designs to the 20 Year Plan.

While we were duly impressed with the Google campus, the tasty free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, the electric scooters, the shuttle from SF, &c, our estimation did fall a notch when we learned there are, in fact, no Google company ponies. Honestly. How can you have a high-tech company offering its employees a weath of perks and forget the ponies? When WE get big, we'll have ponies. Promise.

Matt, Tommy, Nori, Larry, everyone else at Google, thanks again for hosting us – we had a blast!

[Update] You can see the talk on Google video

10 Responses to “BillMonk talk at Google”

  1. Nori Says:

    You’re welcome; thank *you* for your talk! But you still can’t have a pony.

  2. Tommy Says:

    Thank you guys so much for coming and hanging out / talking with us. I enjoyed it as much (or even more) than you did!

  3. Larry Says:

    In thanks for your awesome talk, I offer free advice: Ponies Don’t Scale.

  4. Matt Says:

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the 100th time for coming!

    Your video is online: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5389759860995489467&q=billmonk. Sorry the intro wasn’t better!

  5. Dipankar Sarkar Says:

    Cool application … and awesome talk (Google video rocks🙂 )…. Will make sure more of my friends use it …. keep up the good work

  6. Greg Linden Says:

    Hey, congrats! I watched the talk today on Google Video. Fun!

    You two appear to be in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. That’s where Findory is too. Get in touch if might be interested in catching lunch, coffee, or a beer. We could trade stories about Amazon and building scrappy little startups.

  7. madduck Says:

    Hi Guarev, Hi Chuck,

    I watched your talk on the train and liked it. Knowing Chuck, I can only imagine about the behind-the-scenes stuff that went on, so it was good to hear about it in more detail.

    Oh, and Guarev: you should know that I am really jealous of you! Chuck and I did a project together at college, and I have not before and never since met anyone else with whom it was so productive and joyful to cooperate.🙂

    -m

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