1:52 - When should Swiss startups go to the US?
9:05 - Meeting the Google founders
12:47 - How to scale culture
23:27 - Current AI developments
28:04 - Leaving Silicon Valley
Urs Hölzle is SVP of Engineering at Google, having started there in 1999 as their first Search Engine Mechanic and altogether 8th employee. Prior to Google, he started his own company Animorphic LLC in 1994 following the completion of his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford, and later worked as an Associate Professor at UC Santa Barbara and a consultant at Sun Microsystems.
Having watched Google grow from a tiny company to the megalithic enterprise it is today, Urs had a front row seat to the development of its culture, and played an active role in shaping it. Here’s his advice for other scaling ventures:
"Right place, right time is not something you can force."
"I think the #1 reason companies fail is not being mindful enough about scaling well."
"Sometimes the most dangerous thing is to be the smartest person in the room, because it means you stop learning."
If you'd like to listen to more conversations about working at Google, check out our first episode with Thomas Dübendorfer.
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