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Sequoia Capital Profile

Bill Coughran

Known for his leadership of innovative teams, Bill works as an insightful coach to founders to help them build spectacular engineering-centric organizations. Bill currently sits on the boards of FireEye and Metaswitch and previously served on the board of Clearwell (SYMC). Bill was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, on the executive committee, and advisor to the founders and Eric Schmidt. Bill’s far-ranging activities at Google included Chrome (client software), YouTube (video), maps (complex data integration), (search), underlying infrastructure systems (BigTable, GFS, MapReduce), and security (malware detection, SSL improvements). While Bill was at Google, its engineering organization grew from a couple of hundred to more than 10,000 across North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Before Google, Bill was founder & CEO of Entrisphere (ERIC). Earlier, he was Vice President of Bell Labs’ Computing Sciences Research Center where C, C++, Unix, Plan 9, and Inferno were created. Bill has held adjunct and visiting faculty roles at Stanford University, Duke University, and ETH Zurich. Bill has a B.S. and M.S. in Math from Caltech and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. (Sequoia Capital)

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