So "Mountain View" is what we think of as head office, and ten years ago, that was just a few buildings. Visiting MTV was simple, because you could basically hit up everyone you knew or worked with, in really a very small physical radius.
Now, we actually have a challenge of the company being say, about 10x as large as when I joined in 2009. So interacting with my colleagues is not as simple as going to one head office. We have other offices in the Bay Area, plus all the other engineering centers around the world.
This is actually great: it's one of the things I love about Google, that you can work for us but not have to move to Silicon Valley or just one of a few hubs. But it's not for everyone, and it means that it's really hard to conceptualize everything the company is doing.
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