Starting a meeting at Google

Today I was visiting Google, and at the very start of the meeting one of the Googlers — a young man I had never before met — started talking about the problem of writing text in VR.

As it happens, on the flight on the way over, I had implemented yet another gestural text entry system. Implementing these has been a hobby of mine for many years.

So I jumped up and scribbled my system on the whiteboard. Then he jumped up and scribbled his system on the whiteboard. Excited conversation and much scribbling ensued.

After a few minutes, we both sat down, feeling quite pleased with the exchange. Then we looked around the table and realized that everyone else had just been watching us.

My host — the person who had actually invited me — politely suggested that we make introductions before starting the meeting. “OK,” I said, feeling somewhat sheepish, “now that we’ve finished nerding out.”

One Response to “Starting a meeting at Google”

  1. Adrian says:

    I was expecting this one to end with an acknowledgement of the irony in the fact that you were both using a traditional writing surface to communicate ideas about non-traditional writing surfaces. Anyway, welcome to Google. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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