“Yahoo! Acquires eGroups” AND “Google Acquires Neotonic”
Those two news flashes are probably two of the more exciting statements Brandon Long has ever read –
Under What did you do before joining Google? in the latest Faces of Gmail post, Brandon reveals he worked at eGroups, which was acquired by Yahoo! back in 2000. It took a little digging to find out that his statement “I founded Neotonic Software which wrote a web application for email customer support” may indicate a little humility. In fact Google acquired Neotonic back in 2004. So, the latest face of Gmail, Brandon Long was director for a company bought by Yahoo!, then went on to found a company bought by Google. Not only that, Google evidently kept him around – maybe to make sure he didn’t found another spinoff?
What’s Brandon’s typical day like?
My typical day involves catching up on email from our teams in other timezones (Google Engineering never sleeps). I also stay on top of escalations from our support team, keep abreast of the running service with our SREs (Site Reliability Engineers), and make sure my team doesn’t have any blockages. Finally, I still manage to keep my hands in the codebase, working as part of the team. When I have some extra time, I take a peek in the Gmail help forum to see if there’s anything brewing or any help I can offer.
Read the rest of Faces of Gmail: Brandon Long.