Pete Zaitcev (zaitcev) wrote,
Pete Zaitcev

Working Remotely

One thing I found remarkable about the recent Yahoo flap (memo) is how Marissa Mayer was supposed to be one of the bright lights of Google, who was recruited back when Google was much smaller and presumably was wetted by founders, and yet she has no clue. No disrespect to rlove, AKPM, Raph, and tytso intended, but how many supposedly ultra-smart Google people are not really? Is this legend only a myth?

By the way, Red Hat is quite good at this remote thing. At some point in 2003 or so Paul Cormier V.P. of Eng. attempted to consolidate all of engineering in Boston (Matthew was the CEO at the time). They asked me to relocate, too. But when I used my best judgement and declined, there were no sanctions. Red Hat did not threaten to fire me over it. That, I think, is the biggest difference between Paul's and Marissa's approaches. And of course he pushed for it back when it wasn't quite as obvious that remoting within reason is the way to go for programmers, and she is doing it in 2013.

P.S. Not sure what to make of Elon Musk in this light.

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