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Innovation Agents: Stephen Chau, Senior Product Manager for Google Maps

Stephen Chau went from working on Google’s IPO to working at Google, where he tackled Street View, one of the search giant’s fastest growing and best-known products.

The idea of incorporating high-resolution photos into online maps wasn’t a new one, even at Google. But no one quite figured out how to pull it off until Stephen Chau, a former Goldman Sachs banker, tackled the project that became Google Street View. His goal was to create “a 360-degree panorama to
replicate what you would see if you were walking down the street.” It became one of Google’s fastest growing and best-known products. In this video, Chau talk about how he went from working on Google’s IPO to working at Google, offers a detailed look at the technology used to create Street View, and what he’s got mapped out next.

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This interview is part of a series about the paths that innovators took to get where they are today. See more Innovation Agents.

Video produced by Amanda Holt of Shatterbox.

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