Braden Kowitz is passionate about creating great user experiences on the Web. He’s equal parts interaction designer, storyteller, guerrilla researcher, consensus builder, and scrappy prototyper. Over the past four years Braden has been focused on helping Google teams design and launch the first version of their product. He led design for Google Buzz, Gmail, Google Apps for Business, Google Spreadsheets, OpenSocial, and Google Trends.
Before joining Google, Braden spent his college years building virtual reality simulators at the Beckman Institute, and interactive visualizations at Lucent Technologies. He studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon.