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Evan Rapoport
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  • University of Virginia
    Cognitive Science, 1998 - 2002
  • Suffern High School
    1994 - 1998
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Product Manager, Google[x]
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I am a Product Manager at Google[x] on the Rapid Evaluation team, which is responsible for creating new moonshot ideas to make the world a radically better place.

Previously I was a Product Manager on several photography products within Google Maps, including Views (g.co/views), Photo Sphere (g.co/photosphere), and Street View.

My hobbies include photography, hiking, standup paddling, blogging, reading, mentoring startups and students, and daydreaming about the ocean.

A few highlights from my bucket list...
  • Change the world
  • Write a children's book
  • Go to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands
  • Make a huge donation to my favorite charity
  • Give a TED talk
  • Hike to Mount Everest base camp
  • Swim with a whale shark
* All opinions here are my own and not necessarily those of my employer.
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I've surfed 10 foot waves in Hawaii. I camped for seven weeks in Yosemite National Park. And I've been to 44 of the 50 US states.
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Product Manager
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  • Google
    Product Manager, 2011 - present
  • Archinoetics, LLC
    Application Specialist, 2005 - 2011
  • NovaSol
    User Interface Specialist, 2003 - 2005
  • UVA Visual Perception Lab
    Research & Development, 2002 - 2003
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Kailua, HI - Honolulu, HI - Charlottesville, VA - Suffern, NY
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Last year at X, we killed 100+ potential moonshot ideas. Here’s +Astro Teller explaining why and how you can do this in your organization.

More suggestions in this article:
https://backchannel.com/the-head-of-x-explains-how-to-make-audacity-the-path-of-least-resistance-fac53c3338d#.ifxwj4396

#TedTalks #10X  #innovation   #googlex   #moonshots  
"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfo...
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Obama announces a plan to increase computer science education. Very important. Nice job, Mr. President. 
President Obama unveiled an ambitious $4 billion plan to expand computer science education in America. What does it include?
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That wonderful, but will it help teach our youth how to make change from the cash drawer without the computer telling them? Or how to maintain and balance a check book? Kids graduate today and have no clue. 
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Good article on how to publish your #photosphere to +Google Maps and Street View. This allows people to view them in #virtualreality using +Google Cardboard

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/features/how-to-share-vr-photos-on-google-maps-793079
You can use your smartphone to shoot photospheres that anyone can see on Google Maps.
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Still waiting for Views to comeback with new features. The mobile Street View app is nice but would love to see Mobile Google Maps contain the content that was in Views.
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Truth stranger than fiction. A giant insect species that is coming back from presumed extinction. Now it's up to the people living in its original habitat to accept its reintroduction. What I find most interesting is that this wouldn't be a question if it were a cute little mammal, bird, or even reptile. But an ugly giant insect? Cuteness is an important evolutionary trait if humans control your destiny. 
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island stick insects.
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Great story. I hope it ends well for the critters.
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I couldn't agree more. Well-said, Andrew Yang.

"If there’s one way that Silicon Valley can lead and distance itself from critiques of insularity and out-of-touchness, it’s to tackle the big, thorny, difficult problems that would improve the state of the world."
What are the things that are starting to freak people out about Silicon Valley? There are a few themes that come up again and again.
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Congratulations San Diego! Yet another reason to love that beautiful city. 
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X has a new website! So cool
https://www.solveforx.com/

*Formerly known as Google[x]

#moonshot #googlex #innovation
We’re a moonshot factory. Our mission is to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place.
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Very interesting content. Thanks for sharing.
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So glad to see the Street View Trekker loan program is going strong after a few years. Where do you want Trekker to go? #streetview #travel 
Google is loaning out Trekkers -- Street View camera backpacks -- to groups looking to capture areas unreachable by cars.
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I would like to take it to World Heritage in Curaçao and/or Trinidad de Cuba.

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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school #TED :http://go.ted.com/hvNpww
Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
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Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions #TED :http://go.ted.com/iH_KcQ

#lions #kenya #conservation 
In the Maasai community where Richard Turere lives with his family, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.
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Good job kid!
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Let's read and share more positive stories of hope like this one in the new year. Life is too short and precious. 
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Hi Evan!  That is amazing, I need to look into that more.  I thought I would connect on here. I hope you have a fantastic week!  Mahalo Nui again!!
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