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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]

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


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"