Where do you go after leading projects at Google’s top-secret skunkworks, Google[X]?
Nope. The answer, it seems, is Amazon.
Yesterday afternoon, Parviz posted a somewhat cryptic update to his Google+ page:
Leaving less to interpretation, he later updated his Google+ bio with a more concrete confirmation:
Having worked at companies ranging from tiny start-ups to huge corporations and universities in Europe and the US, I have found each one to be fun in its own unique way.
I founded and led a few efforts at Google (among them, Google Glass and Google Contact Lenses are public so far :) prior to moving to Amazon and work on a few other things now…
As we broke back in May, Parviz’ role in leading the Glass team had recently gone to ex Art.com-CMO/Bausch & Lomb exec, Ivy Ross.
Babak also led Google[X]’s effort to build a smart contact lens that could help diabetics measure their glucose levels without the endless needle pricks.
As of May, Sergey Brin had mentioned that Google[X] had eight projects in the works. Of those, we know at least partial details of six: Google Glass, driverless cars, Google’s wind energy efforts (Makani Power), the Project Loon Internet balloons, a neural network that could learn to recognize objects/animals without traditional manual programming, and the smart contact lenses.
Of those six, Babak led two.
No word yet on what Babak’s role at Amazon will be — but given his background and Amazon’s new-found interest in building everything from smartphones to drones, it’ll certainly be something pretty interesting.