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