Twelve years ago, Mike Reed faced a dilemma most entrepreneurs would dream to have. Google was ready to purchase his graphics company, Skia, and make it an integral part of delivering a super secret new project that would later come to be the Android mobile operating system. He was about to sign on the dotted line when they asked “OK, when are you and your team going to move to California?”
Mike, a father and proud Chapel Hill native, had a better idea. Instead of moving all the way to California, Mike convinced Google to let him build a new department right there in Chapel Hill based on the strength of his leadership and the fact that he would be able to pull all the talent he needed from the nearby universities.
Mike has continued to put his community front and center in the growth and vitality of his Google operations. As his team has expanded, they’ve stayed put in this beloved college town moving from one side of town to another and finally making their mark with a big Google sign on their building in the middle of historic Franklin Street.
Mike’s commitment to growth, community, and a creative work environment continue as his team continues to be an integral element in many Google products.
Mike will close out our Leadership Series with a short presentation followed by a reception.