Sam Schillace

Sam Schillace

ADVISOR TO GOOGLE VENTURES

Sam Schillace is one of the founders of Writely, which he sold to Google in 2006 to become one of the first pieces of Google Docs. For the next four years, Sam was an engineering director, initially overseeing Google Docs and building out the team, but eventually working on Sites, Reader, Blogger, Picasa, Google Groups, Gmail, Page Creator, and other internal projects. He managed and worked closely with teams in Mountain View, Seattle, Santa Monica, Boulder, New York, Montreal, Zurich, London and Haifa.

Prior to Google, Sam was a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for 20 years, working on projects as diverse as video games, early Web page creation software, word processors, and application engines (server-side JavaScript before it was cool!). He remembers the time before the Internet, but he still codes — he’s done projects involving jQuery and iOS this year, and is debating between Scala and CoffeeScript as his next language to look at. Sam has experience with product design, technical design, hands-on coding, and engineering management, and likes to do all of them at once, typically. He makes wine and will talk at length about this if you are unfortunate enough to ask about it

Sam is currently the SVP of Engineering at Box, where he is responsible for the engineering and QA teams.
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