Posted by pat 342 days ago
It will be interesting to see how Vint, known for his impeccable 3-piece suits and his courtly, almost old-world demeanor as well as for his technical credentials. will integrate with the hacker culture of Google. On the surface, they might seem like an odd-couple, but I see in both deep thinking and passion about the ability of the internet to create a better future. I think it's a marriage made in heaven.
I started at Google in Mountain View yesterday. At lunch a smiling dressed up guy came up in the Noogler (New Googlers) zone of the Cafeteria and started shaking hands with everyone, presenting himself: "Hi I'm Vint Cerf, I'm starting today as Chief Internet evangelist". Cool! Tim was right: marriage made in heaven:-)
This will make it easier for me explaining my job to my parents: when I told them that I would be an API evangelist, going to work dressed in Hawaiian shirts, I immediately felt I'd have a lot of explaining to do. Now I can just point to Vint's picture and explain: I'm doing the same kind of job as this guy, who incidentally is considered one of the fathers of the internet.