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December 3rd, 2010 · 62 Comments · General

Today is my last day at Google. I have enjoyed an incredible year there, during which I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the smartest engineers on the planet. Working at Google taught me how much impact a handful of dedicated people can have on the lives of billions of users. Not that long ago, I compared Google to McDonald’s. Having spent time on the inside, I can attest that Google is a marvel of scale orchestration. Moreover, the Google New York office represents an impressive concentration of Google’s talent in the greatest city of the world.

But I am leaving Google to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime. On Monday, I will start a new chapter of my life. I am joining the data scientist team at LinkedIn, where I’ll be working with DJ Patil and his world-class team to build products and discover insights from a data collection that I have coveted for years. I’ll get to work with folks like Pete Skomoroch and Monica Rogati. And I’ll get to tackle challenges in my favorite areas of computer science: information extraction, matching, recommendation, social network analysis, and network visualization. Not to mention working with one of the largest faceted search deployments on the web!

It was an agonizing decision to leave Google and New York City. But, when LinkedIn reached out to me a couple of months ago, I was reminded of a fateful email from Steve Papa in July 1999 that led me to pack a bag two months later and begin the adventure that is now Endeca. LinkedIn is hardly a startup — it has over 600 employees and over 80 million members. But I see boundless opportunities to create new value from the great data and talent that LinkedIn has assembled. So, when I received that note from LinkedIn, I didn’t really have a choice.

This Monday, I begin a new adventure. Data, here I come!

62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ramaseshan // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Best wishes for your new adventure as Data Scientist

  • 2 Gene Golovchinsky // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Congrats! Now you can have that premium LinkedIn account!

  • 3 Daniel Lemire // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:19 am

    You are really sought after!

  • 4 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Thanks guys. And yes, I want that premium account!

    I should add something too, which is that the trigger for this chain of events was a blog post I wrote. So, the next time someone suggests that blogging is a waste of time, tell him that it just might lead to the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • 5 Omar // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Congrats! Looking for catching up with you in the Bay Area.

  • 6 Pradeep // Dec 3, 2010 at 1:51 am

    At first congrats!! Welcome to Bay Area.

  • 7 Brynn Evans // Dec 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Congrats Daniel! Great news! And glad you’ll be coming to the left coast!

  • 8 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 3, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Thanks folks — looking forward to the warm welcome and the warm winter. :-)

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  • 10 Tyler Tate // Dec 3, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Best of luck to you, sir!

  • 11 Max WIlson // Dec 3, 2010 at 5:39 am

    ack – i just told the enterprise search meetup in london two days ago that i like visiting you at google! and now i never will again :( boo heh.

    congrats! sounds like a great move. See you soon and looking forward to hearing news of the new things you get going on.

  • 12 Mandar // Dec 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Congrats and Best of Luck Daniel :)

  • 13 David Elsweiler // Dec 3, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Hi Daniel. Sounds fantastic. I wish you all the best – keep blogging!

    Warm regards,
    David

  • 14 Dave Fauth // Dec 3, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Daniel, Congratulations on the move. Looking forward to seeing what you learn at LinkedIn.

    I am also starting to blog again partly that it may lead to other opportunities.

  • 15 Christian Kohlschütter // Dec 3, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations to your new job and all the best!!!

  • 16 Marco Neumann // Dec 3, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Welcome to the San Francisco Semantic Web Community ;-) .

    Congratulations on the new Job Daniel!

  • 17 Mark // Dec 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Daniel – congrats on the new gig – you really moving west? That will be the real adventure!

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  • 19 Jason Adams // Dec 3, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Awesome news! Congrats :)

  • 20 Perry Hewitt // Dec 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Congrats on the upgrade to a career Premium Account. We’ll be thinking of you fondly as we shovel snow this winter.

  • 21 Thomas // Dec 3, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Congrats and good luck at LinkedIn.

  • 22 Dan Whaite // Dec 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Daniel – best of luck at LinkedIn!

  • 23 Greg Linden // Dec 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations! That should be fun!

  • 24 Ged Carroll // Dec 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Congratulations on the move. Hopefully you will still have time to post here!

  • 25 Mario Sundar // Dec 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Welcome to LinkedIn, Daniel!

    Look forward to working with ya. You know where to find me…

    Tweet, DM or call me :)

    Best,
    /@mariosundar

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  • 31 jeremy // Dec 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    :-)

  • 32 FP Tech Desk: LinkedIn poaches top Google scientist | FP Posted | Financial Post // Dec 3, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    [...] of a lifetime. On Monday, I will start a new chapter of my life,” wrote Mr. Tunkelang on his personal blog Friday morning. “I’ll get to tackle challenges in my favorite areas of computer science: [...]

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  • 34 Randy Bryant // Dec 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    It looks like a great opportunity for you. Congratulations.

  • 35 Jon Fiedler // Dec 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats Daniel!

  • 36 Adam Bossy // Dec 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Daniel, I just spotted your tweet about your new job. Congratulations and welcome to the Bay Area! I’d love to meet in person once you’re all settled in.

  • 37 Google Scientist Jumps To LinkedIn To Work On Big Data | Donalddaney's Blog // Dec 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    [...] (you can access Tunkelang’s LinkedIn profile here.) According to Tunkelang’s blog post announcing the new job opportunity, he will be joining the data scientist team at LinkedIn, working [...]

  • 38 Google Scientist Jumps To LinkedIn To Work On Big Data | Funk Sites // Dec 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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  • 39 Steve Gurney // Dec 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Have fun in new role and move too.

    It’s been said for some time, but more and more companies will be judged on how much use they make of the data value they own, both by customers and investors. Enjoy the new challenge.

    Cheers

    Steve

  • 40 Brad Terrell // Dec 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Congratulations – very exciting!

  • 41 Ken Reisman // Dec 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations Daniel!

    The East Coast will miss you.

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  • 44 Vitor // Dec 4, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Good luck, Daniel. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun.

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    [...] to Tunkelang’s blog post announcing the new job opportunity, he will be joining the data scientist team at LinkedIn, working [...]

  • 46 Jonathan Marshall // Dec 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Congratulations, Dan! A great opportunity.

    Best wishes,
    –Jonathan

  • 47 Aaswath // Dec 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Congrats Daniel! See you around the area :)

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  • 49 Micah Alpern // Dec 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Daniel, I look forward to meeting you and working together. Best wishes,

    Micah

  • 50 Daniel Tunkelang // Dec 5, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Wow, I am overwhelmed! Thanks to all of you for the kind words and support. Changing jobs is always eventful, but Mark is right that changing coasts is an even bigger source of chaos for me and my family. Still, the weather report in Mountain View is whispering “turkish delight” in my ear. I’m sure we’ll adjust :-)

    And to all my friends in the Bay Area, I’m thrilled that I’ll finally be able to spend time with you. Daniel Lemire taught me long ago that online relationships aren’t “virtual”, they’re real. But there’s something special about physical presence, and I’m looking forward to it.

  • 51 Lecia Kaslofsky // Dec 10, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Congratulations!! And yes, the weather out here is mighty fine.

  • 52 Dinesh Vadhia // Dec 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    All the best at LinkedIn. Mountain View and surrounds are wonderful … Enjoy!

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  • 56 Abhisek // Feb 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Best of luck … from an unknown well wisher.

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