Google Gets Brilliant

Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

February 22, 2006

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In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of, the company's philanthropic arm.

Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.While Dr. Brilliant's accomplishments as a technologist, activist, author, and medical doctor speak for themselves, a label like "Brilliant" says almost as much. I wouldn't be surprised if someone in PR had a hand in his hiring.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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