Jim Norris co-founded social network aggregator FriendFeed, along with three other former Google employees. He most recently worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital, where he began to develop FriendFeed with Bret Taylor.
During his four years at Google, Jim worked on Google’s core infrastructure team and helped launch Google Maps as a technical lead. He was responsible for overseeing international expansion, quality and scalability improvements for the backend free-form location search architecture.
He wrote the Web server that enabled the launch of Google Maps and played a key role in its AJAX implementation. In 2006 he received the highest honor given to a Google Employee, the Founders’ Award, in recognition of his contributions.