April 2013


For Mac fans, this guy does not need any intro.

He seems to be working on something incredible right now. Like he has ever worked on anything that’s not incredible, but that’s really all I that can say without being fired right away.

(Note to self: find time to read the G+ piece by Steven Levy, Wired Magazine’s Google specialist. I read his In The Plex as part of my interview preparation.)

Wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Kawasaki

Source: files.guykawasaki.com via Geoffrey on Pinterest

Technically he’s not a Googler as he is a Motorola advisor (to none other than the CEO). His Facebook announcement on March 1st linked from Wikipedia is curiously missing, but I did find a post on his timeline about the jump.

I learned about his blog years ago, though I had never used a Mac before I got a MacBook Pro on my first day at Google. I stopped reading in a short while as I couldn’t keep up, but I do remember his 10/20/30 rule for presentation.

Even though he left Apple almost a century ago, I think he was still known for the “Apple Evangelist”, so this seems like a nice coup. But he’s been championing Google stuff for a while, e.g. saying G+ is as special as Mac, so it could again be just my ignorance.

(This is what motivated me to finally start writing about Googlers, as I happened to read his latest blog “Running a software team at Google” via another blog.)


He got Berkeley CS PhD in 2002, became Harvard CS professor in 2003, and got tenure in 2010. Seems like he took a sabbatical or something and worked at Google right about the same time, and he liked it too much to go back, as he explained in “Why I’m leaving Harvard“.

According to my expansive knowledge, he’s not as much a “rock star” computer scientist (e.g. Rob Pike) or programmer (e.g. Chet Hasse) or language designer (e.g. Guido van Rossum, unfortunately an ex-Googler since this year) as some other Googlers that I want to write about, but he did almost kill Facebook.

He said that his role of Tech Lead/Manager is “not very common at Google”, which can be true statistically, but my team and several teams close to us all have TL/M, and all of whom have incredible technical abilities that would take me at least 3 lives to approach, and they all seem to have happy subordinates.

(This is going to a series where I take notes of some incredible people whom that I feel ashamed to call myself their colleague.)


Here’s a piece on her family. Show it to Tiger Mom and she’ll be really fired up.


Finally I know how to pronounce the name of the person standing between me and Larry Page.


OK she’s a lot closer to Larry than I am to her.

This is an awful start because I really don’t have anything interesting to say about her. I’ll try to do a little better going forward.