Join early Google employees Louis Perrochon, Karen Roter Davis, Jack Levin, and Mendel Chuang (moderator) for a discussion about lessons learned from working at Google. The event will be on Wednesday, May 24th, from 3-5pm at Stanford. Light refreshments will be served. This event is co-hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at Stanford GSB and FFL Startup Accelerator.
Louis Perrochon was a Vice President of Engineering at eBay, responsible for engineering in eBay Marketplaces. Previously, he worked at Google from 2003-2014, where he led engineering teams behind many notable projects, including YouTube, Checkout, Maps Enterprise and Google Earth. In each role, he led all engineering development and operations, including web front ends, APIs, and all backend infrastructure.
Louis graduated in computer science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and held research positions at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany and Stanford University.
Karen rejoined Google as Director, Global Geo Strategy & Business Development, after its late 2016 acquisition of Urban Engines, a movement analytics startup, where as the company’s first business hire she was General Manager. Previously, Karen served as Managing Director of GE Digital, where she kick-started partnership, acquisition, and investment strategies to advance GE’s Industrial Internet capabilities across its multi-billion dollar industrial businesses. Karen was an interim executive at several startups before GE, driving strategy, growth, and key hires. Prior, as a Google executive, Karen helped grow AdSense from near inception to several hundred million dollar run-rate, led internal operations for Google’s 2004 IPO — for which she received a Founders Award — and worked with executives, engineers, and product managers on early-stage ads, geo, and energy-related incubation and exploratory efforts from inception to scale. An advisor to angel- and venture-backed start-ups, Karen holds an MBA/JD from Northwestern and a BA in Public & International Affairs from Princeton, and serves on the Boards of XP Solutions and Data Arts.
Jack Levin is the Founder and CEO of Nventify Inc., a company that develops cloud based software solutions, rapidly becoming part of the cloud infrastructure stack. Previously, he was the CEO and Co-Founder of ImageShack.com and yfrog.com. He met Larry and Sergey at Google in 1999, soon after becoming one of the early Infrastructure Engineers, overseeing partnerships with Netscape, Yahoo, AOL, ASK and many others.
He is also an early seed investor, doing about 5 to 10 investments per year. His investment interests include Mobile Consumer Internet, SAAS, and Cloud technology startups.
Mendel Chuang graduated from MIT with two degrees and joined Google in 2004. During his 5 years at Google, he worked on a variety of projects including Google Desktop, Toolbar, Blogger, AdWords, and AdSense, where he won the Google Founders Award. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of a mobile startup and is now the Executive Director of the FFL Startup Accelerator. He has given talks at Harvard Business School, MIT, South by Southwest, and NBC's Press: Here.