Four Google Innovators to Discuss Product Development

Four top innovators at Google will challenge some common notions about product development and launches at the first Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum of the 2009-2010 academic year on Aug. 27. (The event is sold out.)

The event, titled "Innovating at Scale within Google," is co-sponsored by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Dean's Speaker Series. The panel will feature:

  • John Hanke, MBA 96, director of product management, Google Earth, Maps, and Local (pictured)
  • Michael Jones, Google's chief technology advocate
  • Jamie Dinkelacker, engineering manager of the Google Launch Team
  • Anthony Levandowski, BS 02 (Industrial Engineering/Operations Research), MS 03 (Industrial Engeineering/Operations Research), a Google software engineer

The panelists will probe the dynamics of product development at Google, focusing on goal setting, team size, and management approaches. They also will touch on their experiences developing and launching Google's "Geo" tools, including Google Earth and Maps.

Hanke, a Haas School executive fellow, and Jones came to Google from Keyhole, whose Earthviewer online virtual globe became Google Earth after Keyhole was acquired by Google in 2004. Hanke co-founded Keyhole, and Jones served as the company's chief technology officer.

The forum will begin with a networking reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Forum, followed by a panel discussion from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Arthur Andersen Auditorium. The event is sold out, except to annual members of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs forum. Members can register to attend at

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John Hanke, MBA 96, Google Earth, Maps, and Local