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Bradley Horowitz speaks at VSi2

Google's VP of Product shares his professional journey with a a full house
By: Jameson Lee
February 11, 2013 —
Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of Product and Ashish Soni, Executive Director of Digital Innovation - Viterbi Student Innovation Institute

Tuesday, February 4th, 2013, Bradley Horowitz visited USC to discuss with students his journey from a young, punk rock guitar player and computer hacker to becoming the vice president of product management for Google+.

Horowitz's visit was the latest in a speaker series initiated under the Viterbi Student Innovation Institute (VSi2), the USC Viterbi umbrella initiative to further the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Exposed to the “maker-culture” of the '80s, Horowitz’s early beginnings formed while at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Though a self-acclaimed “tinkerer”, it wasn’t until his exposure to the resource rich college environment that Bradley had the opportunity to explore research studies involving artificial intelligence, computer vision and the MIT Media Lab.

The “intersection of ideas” that followed suit led him on several entrepreneurial adventures of his own, involving co-founding Virage, his time as the director of media search at Yahoo, as well as his transition into Google.

Following his introduction, students had the opportunity to speak with Bradley during a short Q&A section. Topics addressed included the culture of innovation at Google, Google+ versus Facebook, Google’s acquisition strategies, as well as Bradley Horowitz’s personal philosophy on team assembly and management.

For more great opportunities to hear industry leaders at USC like Bradley Horowitz, go to http://vsi2.usc.edu/learn/vsi2-speaker-series/ to learn more about all of our free speaker events in the future!