Here’s Where Google’s First 21 Employees Are Now
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Only six of Google’s earliest employees still work at the internet giant – and that includes founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Some early Google employees have gone on to become entrepreneurs, while others are now angel investors, and a lucky few have gone on to become top executives at other tech companies. A few are happily retired.

In 2015, a Quora user compiled a list of all the original Googlers and where there careers have taken them. Of the first 21 employees, only six are still at the company.

Here is what’s become of the first 21 employees since launching their careers at Google.

Jillian D’Onfro and Alyson Shontell contributed reporting on previous versions of this article.

21. Marissa Mayer joined Google as a software engineer. Now she is the CEO of Yahoo.


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Employed by Google: June 1999 to July 2012

Most recent position at Google:VP, Local, Maps & Location Services.

Current company/position: CEO, Yahoo.

20. Kendra DiGirolamo joined Google as an ad sales coordinator and left three years before the company went public. Now she’s at Driscoll’s.


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Employed by Google: June 1999 to May 2001

Most recent position at Google:Advertising sales coordinator.

Current company/position: Business systems analyst, Driscoll’s.

19. Larry Schwimmer was an early software engineer at Google. He introduced Snippets, a productivity system, to help Google manage employees during the company’s explosive growth period. He also drove the launch of Google Moon, a Google Earth-like service that shows satellite photos of the moon.


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Employed by Google: 1999 to at least 2005 (unknown)

Most recent position at Google:Software engineer.

Current company/position: Unknown.

18. Jim Reese was an engineer at Google. He was once knocked out by a 200-pound metal beam in Google’s leased data center.


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Employed by Google: 1999 to 2005

Most recent position at Google:Chief operations engineer (and “Head Neurosurgeon” – he was a physician before coming to Google and jokes on his LinkedIn that he performed frontal lobotomies on Thursday mornings only).

Current company/position: Board member for Spark Program and an advisory board member of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biomedical Informatics.

17. Gerald Aigner was brought in to manage Google’s supply costs. Now, he’s in London being an “internet professional.”


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Employed by Google: 1999 to 2006

Most recent position at Google: Aigner was a member of Google’s senior staff, according to his LinkedIn page. Specifically, he was in charge of the data center and internet/leased line negotiations, hardware design and purchasing, hardware and network monitoring, and performance optimizations. Aigner also founded Google’s Zurich office in 2004.

Current company/position: Aigner lists himself on his LinkedIn profile as an “Independent Internet Professional” based in London. He is also listed as an adviser for Maxeler Technologies, a London-based computer support company for which he is “exploring renewable energy and wireless technologies,” and he is the cofounder and chairman of MeshPower, a company that makes solar-powered nanogrids.

16. Susan Wojcicki is still at Google. She became the CEO of YouTube in 2014.

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Employed by Google: April 1999 to present

Wojcicki was Google’s 16th employee, and she followed Google’s ninth employee, Salar Kamangar, as YouTube’s CEO. In 1998, before Wojcicki even started working for the company, she and her husband rented out their garage and several rooms to the fledgling Google team for $1,700 a month.

Current position at Google: CEO of YouTube since early 2014 (previously, she was SVP of products and commerce, then SVP of YouTube).

15. Joan Braddi runs product partnerships for Google.

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Employed by Google: 1999 to present

Braddi is Google’s VP of product partnerships and serves on the board of the biochemistry startup Profusa.

Current position at Google: Braddi was VP of search services at Google; now she is VP of product partnerships.

14. Chris Skarakis led Google’s business development until May 2005. He has since founded Blip.fm.


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Employed by Google: May 1999 to May 2005

Most recent position at Google:Director of business development.

Current Company/Position: Skarakis is the founder of Blip.fm. He’s also on the board of directors for Friends of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Little Kids Rock. He was formerly on the board of directors for the Kanye West Foundation, which shut down in 2011.

13. Rachael Chambers left her job at Netscape to join Google as an executive assistant in May 1999.

Employed by Google: May 1999 to October 2000

Most recent position at Google:Hired as an executive assistant; left as an ad sales coordinator.

Current company/position: Chambers serves as a strategy and planning manager at Cisco. Prior to that, she was a program manager for Cisco on Cisco Customer Strategy and Success.

12. Steve Schimmel also did business development for Google and was the company’s 13th employee. Now he is “temporarily retired” and angel investing.


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Employed by Google: 1999 to 2004

Most recent position at Google:Business development.

Current Company/Position: Angel investor, “temporarily retired” entrepreneur/dad. His startup investments include BackOps, Crowdrise, Roozt, and Guide.

11. Omid Kordestani worked at Google for nearly 16 years before leaving to join Twitter.

Employed by Google: January 1999 to August 2015

Most recent position at Google: Chief business officer, senior adviser.

Current company/position: Kordestani left Google in October 2015 to join Twitter as executive chairman. He bought nearly $2 million worth of Twitter stock earlier this year.

10. Salar Kamangar is still at Google. He’s senior VP of YouTube and Video.


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Employed by Google: 1999 to present

Current position at Google: SVP of products for YouTube. He was the CEO of YouTube and Video until Susan Wojcicki took over in February 2014.

9. Georges Harik joined Google as a software engineer and was one of three members on Google’s initial engineering hiring committee. Now he’s an angel investor, Google Ventures adviser, and the founder of a startup, imo.im.


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Employed by Google: 1999 to 2005

Most recent position at Google: Product management director. Harik was one of Google’s first 10 employees and was responsible for product and strategy around Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, and more. He was also behind AdSense and the AdWords Online system.

Current company/position: Founder of imo.im; cofounder of hslabs; angel investor. He’s also an adviser to Google Ventures.

8. Urs H√∂lzle remains at Google. He’s senior VP of technical infrastructure.

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Employed by Google: 1999 to present

Current position at Google:SVP of technical infrastructure, meaning he oversees the design, installation, and operation of Google’s servers, networks, and data centers. Before he joined Google in 1999, Holzle was a computer science professor at the UC Santa Barbara.

7. Amit Patel is now a member of the coworking space Sunfire Offices. He and Paul Buchheit came up with Google’s unofficial slogan, “Don’t Be Evil.”

Employed by Google: 1999 to unknownMost recent position at Google: Though we couldn’t find Patel’s most recent title, Steven Levy’s book “In The Plex” offers some interesting details about him. Patel was instrumental in highlighting the value of Google’s search logs. He also asked Eric Schmidt if he could share his office, shortly after Schmidt had joined the company as CEO (Schmidt said yes because he thought it would be “un-Googley” to say no).

Current Company/Position: Sunfire Offices (last known).

6. Harry Cheung was an original Google engineer. Now he’s an angel investor in startups including Caviar, Qwiki, and Badgeville.


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Employed by Google: January 1999 to December 2004

Most recent position at Google: Engineer. His nickname used to be Harry “Spider-Man” Cheung because he was a “crawl” engineering, monitoring the progress of Google’s spiders as they indexed the web.

Current company/position: Angel investor in startups including Caviar, Qwiki, Badgeville and PrePay. Founder of Roostify, a home-lending startup. He also likes to race Ferraris.

5. Ray Sidney was a software engineer at Google; he left 18 months before the IPO.


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Employed by Google: January 1999 to March 2003 (he left about 18 months before the IPO, which made him quite wealthy)

Most recent position at Google:Software engineer.

Current company/position: Owner of Big George Ventures, a sustainable real-estate developer. He’s also a triathlete and an amateur pilot, and he once donated $1 million to help launch a public bus service near Lake Tahoe, according to CNET.

4. Heather Cairns was an HR manager at Google. Now she’s happily retired, dabbling in angel investing and running a real-estate development firm.


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Employed by Google: 1998 to 2005

Most recent position at Google: HR manager. She hired Google’s first 200 employees.

Current company/position:Angel investor who provides funding for women-led companies that are pursuing social ventures. Her LinkedIn also lists her as the president of Coastal Streets, a small real-estate development company in Massachusetts.

3. Craig Silverstein was Larry and Sergey’s first hire. He left in 2012 to join the education startup Khan Academy.

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Employed by Google: 1998 to 2012

Most recent position at Google: Various projects, including mentoring engineers and serving as technology director. As Google’s third employee, he helped actually build the search engine.

Current company/position:Dean of Infrastructure at Khan Academy.

2. Sergey Brin is a cofounder of Google and serves as the president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.


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Employed by Google: 1998 to present

Current position at Google: Besides any cofounder duties, Sergey Brin was overseeing Google X, the company’s “moonshot factory,” until Google’s reorganization in August 2015. Now, Brin is Alphabet’s president.

1. Larry Page is the cofounder of Google and the CEO of Alphabet.


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Employed by Google: 1998 to present

Current position at Google:Cofounder of Google and CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

 

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