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Alan Noble
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Attended Stanford University
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
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Head engineer, Google Australia and New Zealand
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  • Google
    Engineering Director, 2007 - present
  • NetPriva
    CEO, 2005 - 2007
  • Foursticks
    CTO, 2002 - 2005
  • Intellisync
    VP of Engineering, 2000 - 2002
  • NetMind
    VP of Engineering, 1996 - 2000
  • Schlumberger
    Software Engineer, 1988 - 1996
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Adelaide, Australia
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Eindhoven, Netherlands - Tokyo, Japan - Stanford, USA - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Head engineer for Google Australia & New Zealand
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I've been Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007, overseeing the rapid growth of our engineering center in Sydney. I joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company I founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks and in turn acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 I lived in California. I worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996 I cofounded NetMind, which developed the Internet's first change detection service.  NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (acquired by Nokia) where I was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

I'm a co-founder and director of StartupAUS, on the board of the South Australian Museum, and on the advisory boards of several Australian universities. I attended Adelaide University and Stanford University and was appointed a Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2014.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time on the water as possible (kitesurfing, kayaking, diving and sailing) as well as snowboarding.
  • Cluey Voter, an app for voting "below the line" in Australian elections.
  • KML Tools, an app for visualizing data on Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Chart plotter, for plotting charts on Google Maps.
Finally, when I'm not working, not coding, not volunteering and not on the water, I enjoy blogging.

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Education
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1986 - 1988
  • University of Adelaide
    Electrical Engineering, 1978 - 1982
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It's always tomorrow :-)
(Spotted at the Smiling Samoyed Brewery, Myponga)
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It's always tomorrow in Australia 👍
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Thanks +Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour for the Google 18th birthday wishes.
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This is more like it. A self-sufficient Kangaroo Island powered by renewables. A bit more sustainable than offshore oil drilling!
Kangaroo Island, the site of Australia’s first free settled colony, could pioneer a new age of renewable energy, according to research by the Institute for Sustainable Futures.
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Excited to be part of the #GoogleCulture Natural History Collections launch with +Google Australia​​
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Finally, we're collecting some useful data about sharks' habits, and a crowdfunding campaign to boot. I'm in!
Researchers hope to reveal the feeding habits of great white sharks by attaching video cameras to their dorsal fins.
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Thanks for the 18th birthday wishes Hotel Novotel (for Google that is - not me). I will definitely try the "Mai - Search - Engine" cocktail.
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Very proud to have played a (small) part in Google's 2016 Australian election initiative.
One of the best parts of my job at Google is 20 percent time. While I was hired to help developers use Google’s APIs, I value the time I'm a...
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Today is #WorldGratitude day. A great way to show gratitude is to thank people via +Good Thnx.
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I had some fun looking up scary nautical place names. Please share yours.
A quick glance at any nautical chart of South Australia reveals a bunch of scary-sounding place names that is enough to give any sa...
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Not the very next, but within a few years.
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An oil spill in the Bight has a 94% chance of reaching pristine Kangaroo Island with 15 days. Seriously, time to reconsider!
New worst-case oil spill modelling shows a potential spill from a proposed project in the Great Australian Bight is almost certain to hit some of South Australia's biggest tourism and aquaculture hotspots.
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Sharks may not be warm and cuddly, but they need our help.
I've been Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007, overseeing the rapid growth of our engineering center in Sydney. I joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company I founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks and in turn acquired by Riverbed.
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Yesterday I hiked across the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains with 2 Google colleagues. Simply stunning!
PS Kudos to our guide, Jules, from Blue Mountains Guides.
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Delicious country-baked treats and friendly staff. The pies and pasties are particularly hard to pass.
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The Haus is a great lunch spot. Friendly staff, tasty food, and yummy local beers on tap.
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I love buying wine from cellar doors, but the next best place is Fassina's. They have a much more extensive and interesting selection of wines than the big chains and the service is excellent.
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Fantastic, dog-friendly beach-side location with tasty food and friendly staff.
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Friendly, country butcher offering a wide range of local farm-fresh meats (and freshly caught seafood twice a week).
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Golden Stairs is a great starting point for either a round-trip day hike to Mt Solitary or a 1-way traverse across the Jamison Valley to the Kedumba Valley. The latter is 18km but worth it. We went with Blue Mountains Guides who were great.
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I enjoyed lunch here. The food was tasty and the service excellent.
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