Google ex­ec­u­tive among dead from Nepal quake

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Dan Fred­in­burg, a Google ex­ec­u­tive who de­scribed him­self as an ad­ven­turer, was among the hun­dreds who died in a mas­sive earth­quake that struck Nepal on Satur­day.

Google con­firmed his death. Lawrence You, the com­pany’s direc­tor of pri­vacy, posted on­line that Fred­in­burg was in Nepal with three other Google em­ploy­ees climb­ing Mount Ever­est. The other three, he added, are safe.

Google would not give fur­ther de­tails. Ac­cord­ing to the tech­nol­ogy blog Re/Code, Fred­in­burg was an ex­pe­ri­enced climber who co­founded, in his spare time, Google Adventure. The project aims to “trans­late the Google Street View con­cept into ex­treme, ex­otic lo­ca­tions like the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est or the Great Bar­rier Reef off Australia,” ac­cord­ing to Startup Grind, a global startup com­mu­nity.

‘Chase the sun and en­vi­sion’

Fred­in­burg

also helped

start Save the Ice, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness about global warm­ing “through ad­ven­tur­ous cam­paigns and events around the world,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

Fred­in­burg started at Google in 2007. He served as prod­uct manager and the head of pri­vacy at Google X, the com­pany’s se­cre­tive arm best known for “moon­shot” projects such as the self-driv­ing car.

Google said it has launched a “per­son finder” tool for Nepal to help peo­ple find loved ones in the af­ter­math of the quake and “is work­ing to get up­dated satel­lite im­agery to aid in the re­cov­ery ef­fort.” Google says it is com­mit­ting US$1 mil­lion ( NT$30.72 mil­lion) to the quake re­sponse.

The actress Sophia Bush, who has ap­peared in pho­tos with Fred­in­burg posted by en­ter­tain­ment out­lets, called him “one-of-akind” in a post on Instagram.

“A danc­ing robot who liked to ride dinosaurs and chase the sun and en­vi­sion a bet­ter fu­ture for the world. His brain knew how to build it,” she wrote. “His heart was con­stantly evolv­ing to push him­self to make it so.”

AP

This July 31, 2013, file photo shows Sophia Bush, left, and Dan Fred­in­burg ar­riv­ing at the Do Some­thing Awards at the Avalon in Los An­ge­les.

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