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Laid-off Google employees turn adversity into opportunity with new startup

When one door closes, another one opens: The story of a team who refused to give up

20 February 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Former Google manager Henry Kirk is starting a new company with six other recently laid-off Google employees.

  • The design and development studio will be based in New York and San Francisco, offering businesses research and design tools and helping start-ups grow and secure funding.

  • The launch of the new company is expected to be challenging due to a tight deadline and the varying financial situations of the former Google employees involved.

Henry Kirk, a former Google director, is reportedly setting up a new business with six other lately laid-off Google workers. Kirk, who led a platoon that meliorated Google's apps for iOS and Android platforms, was among the thousands of workers let go in January as part of Google's restructuring plans. After Kirk's layoff, he reached out to his former platoon and set up that numerous of them had also been let go. They started a group converse for support, which ultimately led to the idea of starting their own company.


Kirk's new adventure is a design and development plant grounded in New York and San Francisco. He hopes to offer businesses exploration and design tools, as well as helping start-ups grow and secure backing. still, the launch of the company is anticipated to be challenging due to the tight deadline Kirk has set himself, as well as the varying fiscal situations of the former Google workers involved.


Kirk admits that the threat of starting his own business is significant, but he remains auspicious that he has the right platoon around him to succeed." We've all worked together so numerous times, we formerly know everyone's strengths," he told Insider." Not everyone that I worked with is in the same fiscal situation. Some people have a family to take care of, some don't, some have strong finances and they saved for times, others don't."

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Google blazoned the mass layoffs in January, citing changes in profitable realities. CEO Sundar Pichai noted that the company had hired for a different profitable reality than the bone they face moment. Google isn't the only tech mammoth to advertise layoffs lately, with Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, and Twitter also cutting jobs. The rearmost round of layoffs at Google affected over 400 workers in India.


While Kirk and his platoon work to launch their new company, the global job cuts at Google continue. Some workers impacted by the layoffs have taken to LinkedIn to advertise their departures. Kirk himself says that Google's running of his release" stinks,", particularly after eight times of service. still, he remains thankful for the experience and knowledge gained while working at Google and is agitated to start his new adventure

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