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Kevin Scott
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Attended University of Virginia
Lives in San Jose, CA
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Three logicians walk into a bar - Spiked Math
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Eisar Lipkovitz originally shared:
No offense anyone, it starts pretty one sided but he makes some points buried inside obnoxious though funny generalizations.

A couple of weeks ago, I was drinking beer in San Francisco with friends where someone remarked: “You have too many hipsters, you won’t scale like that. Hire some fat guys who know C++.”
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Sent to me today to brighten my mood. It worked.
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Great find !! It made my day.
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I had an old man moment earlier today. I was in my car and heard a song on the radio I didn't recognize. I pulled out my phone and launched an app (Shazam) that sampled the song using the phone's mic, processed it, sent the sample over wireless broadband to machines sitting in a datacenter somewhere which in turn did some more processing, identified the song, and returned title, artist, album cover art, and a sample to the phone. All of this within a few seconds. When I was my daughter's age, there were no mobile phones, no PCs or Macs, no TCP/IP, no Internet. If you'd told somebody then that within a few decades people would be able to do what I did today as a nonchalantly as ordering a cup of coffee, they'd probably have judged you crazy. I love technology.
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Makes me think twice about dismissing seemingly crazy ideas today.
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Kevin Scott is SVP of Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn.

Previously Kevin was a Sr. Director of Engineering at Google responsible for mobile advertising. Prior he spent 3 years as VP of Engineering and Technical Operations at AdMob, a pioneering mobile advertising startup that played a significant role in the ongoing mobile application and service boom by providing the primary means of monetization and distribution for tens of thousands of mobile businesses. AdMob was acquired by Google in May 2010 and at the time was the largest M&A deal ever done by Google aside from Doubleclick and Youtube.

Prior to AdMob, Kevin was a Sr. Engineering Manager at Google leading engineering teams responsible for identifying the ads most relevant to each query on and for identifying and eliminating those ads which could lead to poor user experience. Kevin also directed the team of engineers in Google's Atlanta office who built and are continually improving the Google Web Toolkit.

Previously at Google, Kevin founded and headed the 25-person search engineering group in Google's New York office. This group continues to be responsible for development of search infrastructure, advanced search user interfaces, and search relevance improvements on Among many other things, these teams are responsible for the text summaries displayed with every search result, the results plus box, and sitelinks. In the deep-dark past, Kevin worked on parts of Froogle, and a number of ad projects including ad conversion feedback and workflow automation.

While at Google, Kevin was also responsible for organizing Google's first faculty summit, established Google's remote office engineering education and mentoring program, helped initiate Google's engineering leadership development program, administered the company's engineering job satisfaction assessment program, and was involved with two successful Google acquisitions, one as engineering diligence and integration lead.

Prior to Google, Kevin was a visiting researcher and instructor of computer science at the Institute for Informatics at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Kevin is an alumnus of the Programming Language Systems Group at Microsoft Research, of the applied mathematics group atSGI/Cray Research, and of the computational biology group at the NCSA.

Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founders Award for technical contributions to ads engineering and is a recipient of an Intel Graduate Fellowship. Kevin is the author of five refereed research papers and a large handful of pending patent applications. Kevin was a member-at-large of the ACM Council (7/06-8/07), a founding member of the ACM Professions Board, and a recipient of an ACM Recognition of Service award for co-organizing the 1999 ICFP programming contest.

Kevin holds an MS in computer science from Wake Forest University and a BS in computer science from Lynchburg College. Kevin has been on leave from the computer science Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia since joining Google in 2003. Kevin is also a very proud graduate of the Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology.

Feel free to contact me by e-mail at kevin dot scott at gmail dot com.

  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Lynchburg College
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SVP of Engineering
  • LinkedIn
    SVP of Engineering, 2011 - present
  • AdMob
    VP of Engineering, 2007 - 2010
  • Google
    Sr. Director of Engineering, 2010 - 2011
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