Vint Cert with me at PlanGrid, 2017
Routers by Google, 2015-6
Revolutionize Access Points Democratizing Rich Content
Democratizing Rich Content
Fast Big Data
Selling and Insight Platforms Google Feedback
Cloud Engineering Systems & Tools
Selling $1B idea to SFO audience 2010
Pretotyping Accessibility + i18n
Accessibility + i18n
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
Accolades and Awards
Speaking and Writing
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.
I enjoy working on things that customers love, value, and use everyday. My passion is developing great ideas with smart people, and delivering thought-leading, massive scale products that improve people's lives. I've lead small innovation incubation, large scale systems projects, and company wide initiatives. I've worked on hardware, operating systems, infrastructure, data systems, algorithms, tools, and consumer facing products. I've managed multidiscipline teams ranging in size from tiny to huge and across distributed locations. I've been very lucky to have worked with some of the best folks in the industry.
Drawing: "A watched pot", 2016
Moon, 11/12/2013, 7:21pm in Arizona