FORA.tv Speaker - Alan Noble
Alan Noble was already a successful entrepreneur when he was asked to take on the job of building Google's local engineering team.
Since joining Google in 2007 he has grown that team to more than 200, making Australia Google's 10th largest engineering centre and a contributor to the development of products ranging from Google Maps to the Go programming language and the Chrome web browser.
Noble has been an outspoken supporter of software engineering and entrepreneurship in Australia, often giving his time to speak at functions where he can exhort the importance of technology skills to Australia's future.
In 2012 he launched Google's Start-up Do (SUDO) to connect entrepreneurs with peers and other members of the community, and has seen that program incorporated into the Google for Entrepreneurs program.
He has also been working on programs to improve the quality of computer science education at a tertiary level, and to encourage more secondary students into the industry.
His focus on engineering and entrepreneurship has also meant he has been able to avoid the bucketing copped by outgoing local company head Nick Leeder over Google's tax minimisation strategies in Australia.
04.25.13 | 00:39:34 min
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