Getting moved to Gmail

Mark Cuban said it first: the Internet is boring. But working at a startup isn’t.

But, working at a little startup after working at two of the world’s biggest companies (I worked at NEC, which had twice as many employees as Microsoft had before moving to NEC) it’s interesting joining one of the worlds’ smallest companies.

Patrick sort of nailed it when we walked in and said “Microsoft is bigger.” That was before he realized that Podtech only occupied about 2,000 square feet in the middle of one of USVP’s plush offices (he kept thinking that Podtech occupied the whole complex we were in, not just one small office). Podtech is in incubation space right now. Basically we have a couple of more months to find offices before they kick us out of the nest to see if we can survive on our own.

Oh, but talking about this stuff is making the natives, er, at least the skeptics, restless. Hey, Skeptic, didn’t ya hear that the Internet is boring?

Oh, anyway, one thing that’s different? This is the first time in years that my corporate email is not on Exchange. Turns out Podtech is hosting all of its email on Gmail and all of its calendars on Google Calendar. It’ll be interesting to see what moving over is like.

What else is different about a startup? Too fast growth. We are already out of places to sit and work. That took me back to my first job after college, at Fawcette Technical Publications, where we had people working on the table that also held our coffee machine.

Anyway, I’m wiped out. The day, the 13-hour drive (we got in at 2 a.m.), and another long drive to drop Patrick off at his mom’s tonight have wiped me out.

One thing that Irina already tapped me into is San Francisco’s strong social scene (there’s a raft of things this weekend to attend). She showed me how Upcoming.org lists all the coolest stuff. Like the ValleySwag Hoedown. This company has made a whole business out of getting people the latest swag.

OK, now I’ve heard everything. So long from the boring Internet!

Update: Maryam wrote about her first day’s impressions too.

59 thoughts on “Getting moved to Gmail

  1. For an historical footnote, Hosted Exchange provided by companies like 123Together (for reference http://www.123together.com) clearly came out the winner. Especially with the move to mobile device integration as that became central to small business success.

  2. For an historical footnote, Hosted Exchange provided by companies like 123Together (for reference http://www.123together.com) clearly came out the winner. Especially with the move to mobile device integration as that became central to small business success.

  3. You should give Windows Live Custom Domains a try. Upgrade the accounts to Windows Live Mail beta, and you’ll get the familiar Outlook look and feel with a whopping 2GB of storage.

  4. You should give Windows Live Custom Domains a try. Upgrade the accounts to Windows Live Mail beta, and you’ll get the familiar Outlook look and feel with a whopping 2GB of storage.

  5. I’ll echo what several people have said – the best combo is Outlook (or another e-mail client) on top of GMail.

    I made that decision GMail went out on me right before a conference call, and I was left without access to several important e-mails. It’s the best of both worlds – you get the benefits of an e-mail client (backed up, toast popups, etc.), and you get the benefits of web based e-mail (can use the web interface whenever / wherever), mobile access via m.gmail.com, etc.).

  6. I’ll echo what several people have said – the best combo is Outlook (or another e-mail client) on top of GMail.

    I made that decision GMail went out on me right before a conference call, and I was left without access to several important e-mails. It’s the best of both worlds – you get the benefits of an e-mail client (backed up, toast popups, etc.), and you get the benefits of web based e-mail (can use the web interface whenever / wherever), mobile access via m.gmail.com, etc.).

  7. Let us know how you like Gmail. Once you get used to the keyboard shortcuts, it’s really fast. :)

    In fact, don’t you think you should try a symbolic month of MSFT-free stuff? :) Store everything on the net: calendar, email, etc. Go to Bloglines for your RSS so you’re running fewer apps and more webbiness.

    Go on, give it a try! :)

  8. Let us know how you like Gmail. Once you get used to the keyboard shortcuts, it’s really fast. :)

    In fact, don’t you think you should try a symbolic month of MSFT-free stuff? :) Store everything on the net: calendar, email, etc. Go to Bloglines for your RSS so you’re running fewer apps and more webbiness.

    Go on, give it a try! :)

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