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Alan Noble
Works at Google
Attended Stanford University
Lives in Adelaide, Australia
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  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, 1986 - 1988
  • University of Adelaide
    Electrical Engineering, 1978 - 1982
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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. 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 (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 advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia and the board of the South Australian MuseumI attended Adelaide University and Stanford University.

In my free time I enjoy spending as much time on the water as possible (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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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 - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Super yachts just keep getting bigger...
Built for Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, 'Sailing Yacht A,' is taking its test voyage in Kiel, northern Germany.
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All improved Boat Alarm. Free and open source too!
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Start of KI Wilderness Trail trek.
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Spotted at the Parndana Bakery, Kangaroo Island.
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John Vigor makes the case for "boat leave" :-)
BRITISH EMPLOYERS are giving staff as much as three weeks paid leave to settle in new pets. They call it “pawternity leave” and it’s in addition to normal annual vacation time. Roughly 1 in 20 companies offer special time ...
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A write-up of some of the Adelaide's less-visited anchorages.
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Boobook owl caught mid-flight, taken at Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island. Such amazing eyes! (NX2000 f/5.6 1/250) #photography
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Great photo, particularly at that shutter speed. You must have a steady hand!
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Ferry to Kangaroo Island for our Wilderness Trail trekking adventure.
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Over the weekend I saw a falconry demonstration for the first time at Raptor Domain on Kangaroo Island. Here I am with a splendid wedge-tailed eagle (Australia's largest bird of prey). Thoroughly recommended.
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I'm currently sailing to Kangaroo Island (as I type) and passed this yacht "Manera" going the other way mid-passage.
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I am having a coffee before a long day reconciling test results to production.... So that was not me 😊
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I've written a handy little web app to look up anchorages in South Australian waters. Feel free to modify it to suit your own needs.
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I hope you can avoid a few of these mistakes. I learned the hard way.
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Thoroughly enjoyable.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Loved the unshucked oysters. They don't come any fresher!
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Excellent coffee and great location.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I enjoyed the tasting menu washed down with a lovely Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The staff are excellent and the ambience is lovely. Even knowing the street address, the place is hard to find though for first timers though. A more obvious sign would be nice.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Thoroughly enjoyed our guided Kayaking excursion, which is a great way to explore The Broadwater and South Stradbroke Island.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed everything.The cerviches are all very tasty and we also enjoyed the soft shell crab, the octopus and the Peruvian style beef stir fry.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Enjoyed breakfast here. Great ambience, good food, great coffee.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago