Craig Silverstein

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Craig Silverstein
Born1972 or 1973
Alma materHarvard University
Stanford University
Spouse(s)Mary Obelnicki

Craig Silverstein (born 1972 or 1973) was the first person employed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Google, having studied for a PhD alongside them at Stanford University.[1][2][3] He graduated from Harvard and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa.[4]


His PhD supervisor was Rajeev Motwani.[2] He served as Google’s director of technology. He resigned from the company in February 2012, to work at the Khan Academy.[5]

He and his wife, Mary Obelnicki, are signers of The Giving Pledge.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Google Milestones". Google, Inc. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Craig Silverstein's website". Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 2, 1999. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Kopytoff, Verne (September 7, 2008). "Craig Silverstein grew a decade with Google". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  4. ^ In Conversation With Craig Silverstein, Khan Academy
  5. ^ Swisher, Kara. "Google's Very First Employee, Craig Silverstein Departs". AllThingsD. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
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  7. ^ Moment Magazine: "The Google Seder" by Nadine Epstein June 27, 2008 "Craig Silverstein, Google’s director of technology and first employee; and a former Google engineer, Ron Dolin, led the seders"

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