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Topic: Blaise Agüera y Arcas is joining Google

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mwiththeat (8 months ago)
Massive loss to Microsoft, Massive gain for Google.

Watching the Creative Mornings talk on youtube, he talked a lot about Google, it did make me think a little.
@Matt. Could you provide a url please.
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
Here's the original story on New York Times: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/a-microsoft-star-goes-to-google/
and on Blaise's weblog: http://styleisviolence.com/google

Joscelin, here's an older Creative Mornings Seattle talk Blaise gave in 2012: http://vimeo.com/44316038
I believe this is the one Matt's referring to, though: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zy4h6G0-o40&hd=1

Matt put it pretty well.
I wish Blaise the best, but this is disappointing for anyone who was glad that he was at Microsoft.
Blaise presenting Photosynth at TED March 2007.
http://www.ted.com/talks/blaise_aguera_y_arcas_demos_photosynth.html
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
Looking at the upload date on YouTube, I expected the Creative Mornings video to be a new talk, but it was just the old 2012 one from Vimeo.
If you were interested in seeing the little design documentary that he mentions in it, it's here: http://vimeo.com/52861634

For anyone who comes across this thread and wonders why Photosynth users care, watch some of the videos relating to Seadragon + Photosynth I've collected here and you'll see lots of Blaise. https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=EF7A30C1E7B926C!1081
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
Ah, Joscelin, you posted while I was reading. Thanks for introducing people who didn't know his relevance to Photosynth with the first TED Talk.
CommonSynths (8 months ago)
Challenge: Create a Photosynth where you add signs or words that wish him well, or ask him to come back. Then tweet a link to him at @blaiseaguera.
PhotosynthTeam (8 months ago)
We will definitely miss Blaise. He was the philosopher and tribune of Photosynth and made many other innovative contributions to Microsoft. I came with Blaise from Seadragon to Microsoft in 2005, and will definitely miss working with him. He left us in good shape though, and while nobody will be able to replace him as a visionary and a communicator, I think you're going to see great things out of the Photosynth team in the months and years to come.

David Gedye
@Photosynth team. Keep enjoying your work, we are eagerly waiting for its results. ;-)
NateLawrence (8 months ago)
@CommonSynths, a fitting farewell to be sure, but I don't think trying to change his mind will be productive for any involved.

Thanks for the thoughts on behalf of your team, David.
Although I have no doubt that Blaise had a significant impact during his time there at Microsoft, one of the things that I learned by watching the videos on the web from your team (many of which are in that list above if others are interested) is that Photosynth was always a team effort and even if many of its members have changed over the years, credit does not go to one single person, even if he was the most recognizable spokesman for the team - something which the authors of the articles I saw covering this missed for the most part.
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