Just finished a book talk at Google New York, where more than 400 folks work (and more are coming in each day). The office is split between Ad Sales and Engineering, for the most part, as was the audience – about 200 or so were there. Again, I was struck by how open and conversational the group was, and eager to hear an outsider’s perspective. We spent some time on the privacy scenario, and got into a discussion of my proposed solution – that companies like Google give us access, editing, co-ownership, and notification of how our data is used (I have not written this up yet, but that’s the general idea).
We also talked – a lot – about the media industry, as one might expect given this town. Needless to say, the ongoing and seismic shifts in media business models is near and dear to the minds of that crowd.
Afterward I got to sign scores of books, and the Google library got one copy as well. My inscription? “Scan This Book!”