Google’s First Hired Employee, Craig Silverstein, Quits

Kara Swisher reports Google’s first employee, Craig Silverstein, has decided to leave Google after about 14 years at the company.

He is leaving Google to join the Khan Academy.

Craig helped Google’s co-founders, Larry and Sergey, build the original Google search engine. He did this while in the Stanford University dorm rooms. Now he has been acting as a mentor to other Googlers. His title at Google most recently was director of technology.

The picture on this story is from a picture at Google featuring some of the prominent Googlers on cereal boxes. Craig is “Special Kraig” third box down on the right.

Here is a video Silverstein gave at the University of North Carolina in 2008 about Google’s origins:

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