Personal update from Noam
Over the last 12 years, we have built something truly special together. Where else, besides Waze, would users, volunteers, employees, partners, and public officials all work together, on one platform, for the common good?
A tweet I saw sums it up best:
Today I am writing to let you know that 2020 is my last year at Waze. Nothing is happening immediately and my role is not changing yet, but we will begin the search for a leader who can propel Waze to the next phase. I remain fully committed to our mission at Waze, and it was important that I tell you about this change myself.
Why now? Waze is the strongest it’s ever been, as a product, business, team and community. It's the right time for a new leader to join the company and move the business and brand forward.
What changes tomorrow? Well, nothing changes tomorrow. All of the Waze staff you know, love and interface with daily are not going anywhere, and you will continue to have access to them. As for me, I will always be a part of this community and may finally have more time to edit the map.
I want to emphasize that Waze has Google’s continued support and we will continue to be an independent brand & service. Our 2021 plans and our vision remains the same. We are also investing significantly in our infrastructure and tools so that, with your continued support, we can continue to expand our service and “Outsmart traffic, Together”. Most importantly, you remain the very core and foundation of Waze—you make Waze what it is, and there are no plans to change that.
I believe strongly and passionately in what you are all doing, and I wanted to share my favorite quote by Margaret Mead with you:
Thank you for the time and effort you spend making Waze what it is today. I am so grateful to have you all in our community—we really couldn’t do it without you.
Your fellow Wazer,
Please stay in touch: @noam