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Van Riper
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Dame Stephanie at her most entertaining and her most profound.
Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …
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Duomo di Milano

Just 20 minutes from the Google office in Milan via the Metro. Thanks Google Maps!
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Welcome to Milano!
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Arrived at Malpensa Airport in Milan. I hope to bring +Mary VanRiper​ with me next year to this country to celebrate a special wedding anniversary. I would say which one, but, she hates it when I do that because people can do the math on our ages. :-)
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That's soo nice
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View of Swiss Alps through the clouds on train ride down from the top of Mount Rigi.
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Who needs expensive image stabilizing contraptions when you have...chickens!
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Photo with Caroline Heidler in the Google Italia lobby. I want to thank Caroline and Chiara De Servi for inviting me to teach an Introduction to Mindfulness class at their office. Also, it was great to hang out in real life with +Alfredo Morresi​ while I was there. Ciao!
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Achievement unlocked! Took public transit from MXP to +Hotel nhow Milano​ and saved Google at least 50 Euros. :-)
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I am just here in Milan for two days for work. I fly to Hamburg on Wednesday morning.
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"...Google is experimenting with a whole new way of writing Android apps using Dart, Google's in-house Web development language. It's Android apps with no Java, a focus on speed, and deep integration with the Web..."
Google cooks up an experimental way to write Android apps with a focus on speed.
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I just bought tickets for day trips to Lucerne and Basel at Zurich HB station. I found this amazing chocolate shop with slabs and slabs of all different kinds of chocolate in the shopping center below the train station.
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I am really enjoying walking around Zurich. These photos were taken on the walk back to my hotel after dinner.
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People Development
Skills
meta-community building, mindful leadership
Employment
  • Google
    People Development, 2015 - present
    In my second dream job at Google, I am applying my meta-community manager experience to building communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at every Google office in the world.
  • Google
    Developer Relations, 2010 - 2014
    I focused on helping developers succeed using Google technology. My team within Developer Relations focused on developer community programs at a global scale. In particular, my primary area of focus was supporting the global network of 550+ Google Developer Groups (GDG) in more than 100 countries. A network that I personally grew from less than 200 GDGs in about 50 countries at the time I started.
  • HP, Metaphor, Apple, Taligent, Adobe, Icarian, VeriSign, Krillion
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Silicon Valley
Previously
Wisconsin - Boston
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Silicon Valley Geek, Hatha Yogi and Serial Community Organizer
Introduction
Van Riper has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT. Van has more than 20 years of experience as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He was a core member of the engineering team at Adobe that built the award winning Adobe PageMill web authoring program. Since 1999, he has focused on developing web applications in Java.

Back in April of 2003, he was the founder and still is co-leader of the Silicon Valley JUG with more than 4000 members. In May of 2008, Van was selected by his peers in the Java developer community as a Java Champion. Back in January of 2008, he was the co-founder of Google Developer Group Silicon Valley that has grown to 7000 members.

In December of 2010, Van joined Google Developer Relations as a Developer Community Advocate. His official title was Global Program Manager for Google Developer Groups (GDG). There are 550+ active GDGs in 100+ countries to date. These groups are holding local developer meetups at a rate that is averaging upwards of 15 meetups on a daily basis. You can find your nearest local GDG chapter in the GDG Directory.

In January of 2015, Van moved into People Development at Google. He now leads the effort to build communities of mindfulness practices for well-being change at all Google offices in the world.

From 2007 onward, Van has also been a member of the core organizing team for Silicon Valley Code Camp. This is the largest free community organized Code Camp in the US and possibly in the world. We had almost 3000 attendees in 2014.

Finally, Van is the lead organizer of the annual West Coast Community Leadership Summit (AKA CLS West) and a member of the core organizing team for the annual International Community Leadership Summit.

Education
  • MIT
    Computer Science, 1976 - 1980
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