9 ex-Googlers on the move

Former Google employees continue to make their mark on the tech world

Googlers everywhere
Googlers everywhere

While Google is widely regarded as one of the best places to work in the technology industry, some Googlers seem to do just fine even after leaving Mountain View. Here are a few Google alums you may have heard of.

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Tim Armstrong
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Tim Armstrong

While it’s easy to make jokes – who moves from Google to AOL? – current AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong used to be the president of Google Americas. 

Kevin Systrom
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Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom worked at Google for a couple years before founding Instagram, then selling the photo sharing startup to Facebook for $1 billion. Not too shabby.

Ben Silbermann
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Ben Silbermann

The Pinterest founder spent a brief stint as a product designer at Google, before departing to design iPhone apps, and, eventually, the runaway hit that would make him famous.

Marissa Mayer
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Marissa Mayer

You may have heard, recently, that former Google executive Melissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo.

Bret Taylor
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Bret Taylor

Taylor, who recently resigned as CTO of Facebook to start his own company, first came to prominence as one of the prime movers behind Google Maps.

Biz Stone and Evan Williams
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Biz Stone and Evan Williams

The Twitter co-founders met at Google after the company bought Williams’ Blogger platform and Stone was hired to work on it.

Sheryl Sandberg
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Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg worked at Google for more than six years before becoming COO of Facebook, as well as that company’s first female board member.

Dennis Crowley
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Dennis Crowley

After Dodgeball, his first mobile-based social media project, was acquired by Google, Crowley worked at the company for three years before quitting to found Foursquare, his second foray into location-based social services.

Larry Brilliant
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Larry Brilliant

The noted philanthropist and physician directed Google’s philanthropic Google.org division from 2006 to 2009.