October 26, 2005
Google Zeitgeist '05
Pinch me please. Tell me this is not a dream. I am in the heart of Silicon Valley a guest of Google.com. Last night was the opening reception for the first-ever Google Zeitgeist Partner Forum. Suffice it to say that I am more excited than a small child on Christmas Eve.
What is Zeitgeist? Google has taken the German word that means "the spirit of the time" and applied it to this gathering of 400 of the most-valued partners Google feels they have. As Google's Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development Omid Kordestani says, "We want to provide a new forum for our company, our customers, and industry leaders to discuss the trends and forces that are shaping the world."
That is an understatement. The names of the people who have been invited are a Who's Who of the Internet landscape. It is beyond exciting to be surrounded by these innovative folks at Google and the partners they have tapped to move humanity forward at lightning speed.
To boil Zeitgeist down to a fine sauce, those people here in Mountian View, CA for the next two days get it. They know that providing superb content and ideals that help all is why we are here. Google recognizes we are stewards of the planet and they want to leave it a better place.
That message is all around their corporate campus in everything they do. I saw it first hand yesterday as I met with the top young people who are in charge of the AdSense aspect of Google's business. Those Google employees are among some of the brightest people I have ever seen. They were happy, relaxed and had a sense of what is right.
If Zeitgeist is the spirit of the time, then based upon what I experienced yesterday I am at the right place at the right time.
Posted by Tim Carter at October 26, 2005 9:35 AM