Google's Top NYC Engineer on City's Tech Economy

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Craig Nevill-Manning is Google's chief engineer in New York City. In fact, saying he built the company's software engineering department in the city from scratch is no exaggeration. 

As Nevill-Manning tells it, he begged Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to let him move back to New York in 2003.

"They said, OK, let’s do an experiment," Nevill-Manning said. "Let's have you go out there, and if you can find more than 15 really great software engineers that we wouldn't have hired otherwise, you can stay."

At the time, memories of the dot-com bubble and bust of the late 1990s still hovered over New York's tech sector.

"Ten years ago, New York was a little bit in the dumps about technology," Nevill-Manning said. "People really did view it as something we tried in NYC and it didn’t pan out."

Things have changed. Google now employs 1,500 engineers in Manhattan in a massive building in Chelsea it purchased in 2010.


Craig Nevill-Manning

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Alex Goldmark, Cambra Moniz-Edwards and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman

Comments [2]

Bob Klein from Califon, NJ

Four large glass pyramids on roof of 111 8th Ave, NYC; Fill them with water at night (when electricity is $0.01 per Kw-Hr) then allow the water to flow back DOWN (driving hydropower equip) during PEAK times (when electricity in NYC is >$0.10 Kw-Hr) Google make it's (beautiful) mark on Manhattan WHILE reducing energy costs and peak-demand (coal, oil-fired) generation requirements!!!

Jun. 11 2014 09:35 PM
Ned Boyajian from New York City

Fun segment. Our company has been around since 2001, and we've benefited from the city's great tech talent pool over the years. So Google's success recruiting and building a second power base here comes as no surprise. I like the observation that it took a massive hunk of real estate to get New Yorkers' attention. We're a tough crowd, but we've got our priorities straight. :)

Sep. 20 2013 03:51 PM

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