Google is very often in the spotlight, and while its products are widely used, its internal corporate culture is still fairly obscure to most. The purpose of this book is to restore some of the original humour and playfulness of what I believe to be the Google spirit and to contribute to demystifying the company. It tries to show that Googlers are capable of not taking themselves too seriously, of making mistakes and trying their best to fix them, of voicing their opinion of the company’s position, positive or negative, and sometimes of just being a little silly :-)
It sure is. See more details here.
You bet. Here it is.
While I’ve tried my best to keep the “cuts” to a minimum, some drawings were just a little too sensitive at the moment. They will start reappearing in future editions of this book.
I’ve tried, but because of the layout, text size within drawings, etc., it just doesn’t work. Sorry. When a color ebook reader with a large screen (as large as a page of the paper book) comes out, then I’ll probably reconsider.
I’m publishing this through Amazon’s “Create Space” self-publishing platform, which makes the book available by default only on Amazon. Amazon makes it so that selecting more distribution channels would mean raising the price. At this point I’ve chosen to make the book available at the lower price possible.
Commentary on less recent events means less trouble. Besides, 2010 and 2015 are nice, round numbers.
Nope. While the perspective taken in this book is unique (and the cartoons themselves, obviously), all the raw information is already public or widely known through other existing sources.
If I show you the bills that the lawyers I’ve hired for this book send me, you may change your mind pretty quickly about that. To anyone who wants to make money, I would suggest that writing books is clearly not the best idea. Unless your name is J. K. Rowling.
Nope. I make these on my personal time and I’m extremely conscientious about separating this from my Google work, and about not using any of Google’s resources or facilities to make them.
Great! I’m always looking to fix things and improve the content. Please be kind enough to let me know at email@example.com. Thank you!
Sorry, no. I usually adopt a Creative Commons license for my drawings but in this particular case, I can’t, for a bunch of unfortunate and uninteresting reasons.
My name is Manu Cornet (full first name Emmanuel), I was hired at Google as a software engineer in April 2007 and have been happily working at Google ever since.
Feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!