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Alan Noble
Works at Google
Attended Stanford University
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
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Head engineer, Google Australia and New Zealand
Employment
  • 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
Previously
Eindhoven, Netherlands - Tokyo, Japan - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Head engineer for Google Australia & New Zealand
Introduction
I've been Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007. 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 founded NetMind, which developed the Internet's first change detection service.  NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (now part of Nokia) where I was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002.

I'm also a co-founder of SA Angels and a co-founder and director of StartupAUS. I also serve on the advisory boards of several Australian universities (Adelaide, NSW, Melbourne and Carnegie Melon), the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) Industry Advisory Committee and the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of AustraliaI attended Adelaide University and Stanford University.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time on the water as possible (windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and sailing) as well as snowboarding. I've also developed the following web apps for fun:
  • 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.

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Education
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1986 - 1988
  • University of Adelaide
    Electrical Engineering, 1978 - 1982
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The final installment of my Port Lincoln sailing trip.
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The story of one Aussie startup that chose Austin, TX over San Fran. I can certainly see the merit for a sales team.  From a base in TX the whole US can be covered as day trips - although Dallas is actually much more convenient than Austin for travel. Austin is certainly a nice part of TX though, and way more affordable than SF/Silicon Valley
#StartupAUS
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Code Club - what a great new initiative.
 
Code Club Australia - start one today!!!!!!

Did you know that you carry more computing power in your pocket than astronauts carried to the moon in 1969?
The smartphone you use today is even more powerful than the space shuttle (designed over 10 years after the Apollo 11 computer) too.
 
The advancements we’ve seen in digital technology are truly extraordinary & the pace of this change isn’t slowing down at all.
Whether its data being stored on the cloud, wearable technology, artificial intelligence or even driverless cars – the possibilities of how technology will continue to evolve & change our lives in the future is hugely exciting. 

The problem is whilst this digital world continues to grow & become even more a part of our everyday lives, our children are not being taught any of the basics of how this digital world works at school.

This is a huge issue – if we want to create a skilled workforce for the future & a thriving digital economy here in Australia, we need all our kids to have an understanding of how all this awesome technology works.
 
To help close that gap, we have created Code Club Australia - It’s a network of after school coding clubs for children aged 9 to 11.  It’s led by volunteers or teachers who run weekly hour long clubs at primary schools. We use a piece of software called Scratch to teach children the basics of computer programming. Children learn to programme whilst creating fun exciting games and the whole scheme is designed to encourage creativity and problem solving skills.

Our mission is to give every child in Australia the chance to learn to code & give them the skills that they need to thrive in the digital world
We would love you to help us achieve this mission.

Here’s how you get started:
-          Register your school on the Code Club Australia site http://codeclubau.org/start-a-club/
-          Sign up 10-15 willing kids between the ages of 9-11 -          Make sure your computers have Scratch installed
-          Download the course materials from our website
-          You’ll need to be happy to teach the materials yourself
-          Give us regular feedback

Let me know if you need more details.
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Excellent article by #StartupAUS  director +Jana Matthews in BRW.
Dr Jana Matthews says Australia needs to get ‘beyond startup’ if our entrepreneurial eco-system is to pass the tipping point.
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Australia used to have much vibrant tech and manufacturing before it was even called that. The more money the Government gives itself to manage the startup system, the worse the problem gets. 'Startups' already get over $50+M year funding along with hundreds of public servants monitoring conversations and events - way too much. They're happy for things to stay at the level where only Powerpoint slides are created of what's possible.

Yes, there's little if any notion that startups should or could go on to form Industry, ie create value, like computers for Internet-of-Things and sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of kit.

The Auto industry, a tech Industry we used to have, was looked at for making that more competitive. It was given some new rules to help it. The regulatory changes that were designed to so called help that industry collapsed it. That's the way tech industry is managed here.

Yes let's make the best computers for the Internet-of-Things and grab a market share of the 20B computers that will be connected to the Internet. That's going to be one area where Australia already has leading designs but falls outside of what the government wants to support - oh well - best that way anyway.

As soon as there is an Industry of 50,000+ working away at some technology, history shows us that the government pulls the rug out. So maybe there is a pattern happening.
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Enjoyed breakfast at The Loose Caboose with the myEvidence team +Jerome Lienert and +Tungy Tran. #StartupAUS
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For something completely different,  the +RiAus "Science of Doctor Who" looks like it could be fun. 
#sodoctorwholive 
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This looks like fun. Thanks for posting it.
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"Dream big or go home" says #StartupAUS director +Stephen Baxter in +Business Spectator.  I could not have said it better myself.
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The 1-page comic version of the story of Pinterest.  In summary "just do it" and "don't give up."
 
"How Pinterest started" as told by +Ben Silbermann at Startup Grind (http://bit.ly/1gDnJzm) by +Anna Vital.
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Yes, I think most entrepreneurs would like to understand how to do that.
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Great article in the SMH by #StartupAUS  director +Bill Bartee. 
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I'm very excited to have been involved in the #StartupAUS Crossroads report.  Mandatory reading for Aussie entrepreneurs and policy makers in this area.
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Superb wines. Everything on offer is good, but I particularly liked their Semillon Sauv Blanc and their Section 67 Cab Sauv. Also, if you love desert wines, don't pass on their Moscato. We were fortunate to meet the winemaker, Anita, who was wonderful.
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We really enjoyed Paco Meralgo. Great food, great service and great ambiance.
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Not fancy, but decent pub food and reasonable prices. A particularly great place to lunch when the tall ships are visiting Port Adelaide, as they are berthed directly opposite.
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Star of Greece has a stunning location overlooking Port Willunga Beach. The food is beautifully presented and tasty, and the wine list is quite good. Unfortunately, the service is a bit lack lustre. We waited over an hour for our main course to appear. More attentive wait staff would have offered us a snack in the meantime. Also, if you dine outside on a warm, still day - as we did to enjoy the view - be prepared to sweat, as the shade was inadequate. Nevertheless, worth a visit.
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I've ordered engine parts online both from Torresen Marine and from the renamed TOAD Marine Supply (hmm, why the name change?). In my experience, shipping always takes longer than they advertise. My second experience was particularly mediocre. They will claim "factors beyond their control" and blame Volvo Penta but if they are serious about selling online it's just not good enough. Further, simple things, like getting UPS tracking number, require follow-up emails. Interactions with their customer support staff are not particularly pleasant either.
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The Hok Mok Talay - mixed South Australian seafood - was superb. The building is, err, rustic, but the food more than compensates.
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