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Alan Noble
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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, 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 also co-founder and director of StartupAUS. I also serve on the advisory boards of several Australian universities, the advisory committee of the Chief Scientist of Australia, the board of the South Australian Museum and I'm a Fellow of Engineers Australia. I 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.
  • 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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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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Eindhoven, Netherlands - Tokyo, Japan - Stanford, USA - Santa Cruz, USA - Sydney, Australia
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Here's another reason to avoid processed foods and instead purchase your food from reputable farmers markets (or, better yet, grow your own if you can).
Sometimes our food lies to us. Is it really safe to eat? Is it even what’s listed on the packet? A lab in Belfast is one of best places in the world to find out.
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Good to see NSW creating a public register of most-complained about companies.
New South Wales becomes the first state to launch a complaints register publicly listing the companies which receive the most complaints to authorities.
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This is really a great idea! When will u be home? Hope you are all having a
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Way to go Kyle. #Rio2016


By Luke Pentony in Rio Updated Thu Aug 11 16:37:56 EST 2016. Watch Kyle Chalmers holds medal close to face. Video 1:00. Kyle Chalmers wins gold in 100 metres freestyle. ABC News. Kyle Chalmers has broken Australia's 48-year drought in the men's 100 metres freestyle with a storming finish to win ...
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What’s the value of a shortcut? Or knowing which train or tram to catch? Quite a lot as it turns out.
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Is history repeating itself? Curious that there is no mention of China or India in the article.
THE rise of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump combined with the Brexit fall out — the full effects of which are yet to be seen — are all signs another great war is looming, a leading British academic has warned.
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As a practical negotiator Trump is more likely to ease tensions and reach a compromise with Putin over both Ukraine & Syria.
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It's winter down under, but there is still some great sailing to be had. (Just a bit chillier than usual.)
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I recently installed a seawater pump in the galley. Here's step-by-step instructions.
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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Awesome use of technology for good.
Joshua Browder, the British inventor of the first "robot lawyer," turns to activism.
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Have you ever wondered about time zones and how they came about? I did a bit of research over the weekend to find out. I also uncovered the curious story of the SS Warrimoo. Enjoy!
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Attn: Aussie entrepreneurs.
SouthStart Accelerate is a group of successful technology entrepreneurs with a strong connection to South Australia (myself included), who have partnered together to fund and deliver a mentor-driven startup accelerator. We’re looking for technical founders with a software or web product that want to build global companies. We’ll provide $25,000 initial investment, a focused 4-month program with access to 30+ mentors who are all tech company founders, free office space and perks from the likes of AWS, Stripe, SendGrid and others. We’re totally invested in your success. Applications for next cohort open until 5th August 2016 - See http://southstart.co for details.
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Go Go! In the IEEE's annual list of popular programming languages, Go has made the top 10 for the first year.
C is No. 1, but big data is still the big winner
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+Daniel C Swift is a bit further down on the list.
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Scenic, harbourside location, especially if you can be seated at one of the outdoor tables. Yes, it is touristy, and the prices reflect that, but the food is reasonable and the service friendly. We enjoyed Coffin Bay oysters, salmon and seafood paella, all of which were good.
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If you need to kennel your dog, Windamere is about as close to a canine vacation as it gets. Our Border Collie certainly seems to have enjoyed himself.
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Cosy restaurant with tasty food and friendly staff. Even with an uncrowded restaurant though, service was a little slow, but not an issue unless you're pressed for time.
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Great selection of wraps and sandwiches, good coffee and friendly service.
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This rooftop bar was happening when I visited on a Tuesday night in the middle of winter. Good ambience and a decent wine list. The event space is also excellent, and the service was very good.
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Convenient place to launch and berth your boat, in a very scenic location.
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