You may have heard recently that a man named Sanmay Ved briefly snagged the quite-valuable domain of Google.com out from under the Internet giant. Fortunately for Google, they were also the ones selling the address, so they were able to cancel the transaction the same day. How did Google discover this mishap so quickly? Well, because Sanmay told Google Security about it. Now they're rewarding him, and he convinced them to double it through a remarkably generous gesture.
You need to understand that Mr. Ved used to work for Google and is a Google megafan. He was looking at Google-related domain names in at 1:40 AM on September 29 when he noticed that "Google.com" had just gone on sale. Figuring it was just a glitch, Ved put his name and credit card info down just in case.
He was shocked when he not only immediately received emails saying he had been charged a whopping $12.00 for a year's ownership of Google.com, but started getting webmaster emails and other internal emails that clearly indicated he was now the real owner of the address.
Ved joked in his LinkedIn post about the saga that just a day after the Indian Prime Minister visited Google and urged them to do more in India, "it ended up convincing Google to sell what is perhaps their most prized possession to a person hailing from the small city of Mandvi in the Kutch region of the Indian Prime Minister's home state...albeit just for a minute or so :)"
While a more unscrupulous person might have tried to sit back and rake in a few million Google Ad dollars before anyone noticed, it all quickly ended after he emailed Google Security to let them know he was their new boss (just kidding, he told them they had a security issue...which allowed him to be their new boss). They took it back. But the story doesn't end there, because Google, as many tech companies do, gives cash rewards to people who discover bugs or security flaws in their software and systems.
Ved responded to this offer of, as he puts it, "more than $10,000" by being even more altruistic then when he declined to try to hold on to the web's most valuable address: he told Google he wanted the reward to go to Art of Living India Foundation, "which runs 404 free schools across 18 states of India, providing free education to more than 39,200 children in the slum, tribal and rural belts where child labor and poverty are widespread. The schools nurture the complete child, including body, mind and spirit." Upon hearing this, presumably after briefly wondering whether this incredibly nice person was real, Google volunteered to double the reward.
Long story short, someone at Google made a really dumb mistake and now a bunch of kids in India will get the education they deserve. These are the kind of workplace mishaps we can get behind.