There’s a reason companies like Google and Apple are successful, and no, it’s not all about Larry Page and Tim Cook. The reason these companies become successful is because of the people they hire to help run them. So is the case of Megan Smith, most recently the VP of Google X and now United States CTO (Chief Technology Officer). Now I’m not sure if a government job is really a promotion or step up from Google and Google X but there’s no doubt that you have to have some skills to be consider for such a position. If you read some of Smith’s accomplishments you’ll appreciate her abilities and skills for such as job as this.
As CTO, a role created by the Obama administration, Smith will serve as a liaison between the White House and the technology community and advises the government on more efficient ways to use technology. And while Chopra and Park both had backgrounds in health care technology, Smith and Macgillivray will deepen the White House’s already close ties to Silicon Valley and particularly to Google, which is working on boundary-pushing technologies like driverless cars and aerial drones.
Even if I think taking this CTO job is a step down from working at Google, I wish her luck in all that she does as US CTO. Anyway, I’m certain when her time is up in the position, Google would consider taking her back. What do you think of Megan Smith taking the US CTO job? Let us know in the comments or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
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