Some of Google’s past hires involve people who are pretty well known in the open source and open standards worlds.
Last week, Kevin Marks noted on his blog that he had recently become Begoogled, and is now a software engineer at Google. He was a principal engineer for Technorati, after working for Apple and the BBC. He is a founding member of Microformats and the Social Software Alliance.
Google is known for heralding open source software development, and using open source software. There’s a nice interview with Google’s open-source programs manager, Chris DiBona, from last December: Newsmaker: A look inside Google’s open-source kitchen
I thought it would be fun to find some of the other folks who have worked on open source or open standards projects before joining Google. By no means is this list complete. I suspect that I’m just scratching the surface.
* Sean Egan
Google’s Got GAIM
* Joshua Bloch (video) –
* Rob Pike
His Google Labs Page
* Andrew Morton
(unavailable) Morton Gets Googled
– Linux Kernel
* Ben Collins-Sussman
* Brian W. Fitzpatrick
* Abhijit Ogale