recent2013-2016Abundant access for all
Routers by Google, 2015-6
Revolutionize Access Points
Democratizing Rich Content
previous2011-2013Ads, big data, customer love
Fast Big Data
Selling and Insight Platforms
Danish Technology Magazine Interview, 2011
ancient2006-2011Systems that fuel Google
Cloud Engineering Systems & Tools
Selling $1B idea to SFO audience 2010
Accessibility + i18n
jurassic1995-2006Software used by everyone
We started Microsoft's homegrown search with a handful of pioneering folks. Introduced "information boxes" and infinite scroll that are now common.
In Redmond with Bill Gates and the team, circa 2004
A selected list of awards, speaking, and writing I've done over the past few years. For a longer list please see:[more].
Accolades and Awards
Speaking and Writing
There's no place like 127.0.0.1
I started loving software on a field trip to the Stanford Computer Lab in 3rd grade. I played with a chemistry simulator for hours and the teacher had to drag me away.
My grandfather gave me a copy of Basic for my birthday and I taught myself by playing with sample code. A few years later I learned C, and I wrote my first "real" programs. My mom was an artist in the Bay Area and was always encouraging me to find ways to blend creativity, art, and programming together. One of these ideas was a text-to-speech random sentence generator. I'd made two versions, one clean and one had (6th grade level) dirty words. Doing a demo in front of the computer lab (nerd alert) I ran the wrong one, and had my first major software presentation failure at show-and-tell.
I was leaning toward medicine in college but always programmed for fun and even sold a few games for date and beer money. About half way through undergrad at the University of Arizona, I took a computer science elective that made me excited about software again - maybe even as a "career". I jumped into writing compilers and operating systems. A difficult discussion with my dad (who was a heart surgeon) followed where I told him that I wasn't interested in being a doctor. He supported me, but was concerned, "how are you going to make a living in software?"
In grad school at the University of Southern California I studied artificial intelligence, machine learning, and emerging "web software". My first real job (other than delivering pizza in high school) was at a little place called Microsoft in Redmond where they were paying me to do exactly what I wanted to do. I stayed there for over 11 years and became a Senior Engineering Director. When the paradigm shifts toward the web and cloud was underway, I moved to Google and have been there since 2006.
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Drawing: "A watched pot", 2016
Moon, 11/12/2013, 7:21pm in Arizona