Talks at Google

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The Talks at Google program brings authors, innovators, scientists, actors, actresses, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and speakers of all kinds to Google for talks centering on their work.

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JL Collins: "The Simple Path to Wealth" | Talks at Google

Author and financial blogger JL Collins brings his refreshingly unique and approachable take on investing to Google. The author of "The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence and a Rich, Free Life", JL offers easy-to-understand, effective tips and resources to understand investing with confidence. In this interview with Googler Rachel Smith, JL Collins discusses money and investing, including: how to think about money and investing to build wealth, how to avoid debt, how to simplify the world of 401(k), 403(b), TSP, IRA and Roth accounts, TRFs (Target Retirement Funds), HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and RMDs (Required Minimum Distributions). He also talks about what the stock market really is and how it really works, How to invest in a raging bull, or bear, market, and specific investments to implement financial strategies. Learn more at or get the book here: Moderated by Rachel Smith.

2 days ago

Sean: "A Life of Giving and Sharing" | Talks at Google

Sean, a member of famous hiphop duo called "Jinusean" is well known for his good deeds. He has donated $4.5M so far and built the first Children's Rehabilitation Hospital in Korea by raising more than $35 billion through the "Miracle of $10" campaign.

1 week ago

Ijeoma Oluo: "So You Want to Talk About Race" | Talks at Google

Ijeoma Oluo is one of the most influential people in Seattle, according to Seattle Magazine. She's also the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment - a media platform run and funded by women. In her new book "So you want to talk about race", she demonstrates that her remarkable writing abilities by bringing clarity and insight to hyper-charged issues facing America. She discusses why it's so hard talk about race and why we must do it anyway. Get the book here:

2 weeks ago

David DeSteno: "Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion and Pride" | Talks at Google

Neuroscientist David DeSteno focuses on what science shows about how to achieve long-lasting, sustained success, not the instant gratification, superficial high we might feel in the moment of a job well done. Important to note: this isn’t a self-help topic, but a scientific, evidence-based approach to the way our brains work when it comes to success. We’re a society obsessed with success. But the current advice out there on how to get it is weak—focusing on strategies that use willpower, distraction, or related cognitive “tricks” to overcome problematic temptations (to find a quick “fix-it” solution rather than study or work hard, to binge or eat unhealthy foods rather than help ensure future health with a nutritious diet and exercise, to spend money on impulse buys rather than save for retirement or related future goals) is tenuous. If we cultivate morally toned emotions like gratitude and compassion, however, they automatically make us value the future. They nudge the mind into valuing the future over the present, and thus ease the way for us to pursue our goals. And unlike relying on willpower, they’re don’t cause stress, meaning they heal the body over the long-term instead of harming it. In the book, David talks a lot about how our society’s shift in values. He says, “The original purpose of self-control wasn’t to get good grades, save for retirement, or complete the Whole 30. It was to avoid selfish behavior or, put simply, to have good character. And that required sacrificing to help others.” The dogged, get-ahead virtues leave us feeling lonely and sick and stunted. Cultivating emotions like gratitude and compassion not only increase professional success, but social success as well. Get the book here:

2 weeks ago

Sandy Jen: "Rethinking Home Care" | Talks at Google

Sandy Jen is co-founder and CTO of Honor, a comprehensive home care startup helping older adults continue to live comfortably and safely in their own homes as they age. Currently providing care in California, Texas, and New Mexico, Honor offers a higher level of in-home care by combining the best professional caregivers with smart, easy-to-use technology that makes scheduling, delivering, and managing care simple and safe. Prior to starting Honor in 2014, Sandy was co-founder and CTO of Meebo, a consumer Internet company that helped consumers and publishers connect socially. She led Meebo's engineering team and eventually joined Google's social team after Meebo was acquired in 2012. Sandy visits the Mountain View office to reflect on the lessons that she learned during the first couple of years since launching Honor, to discuss how Honor is leveraging new technology to serve users who are often ignored or overlooked by the tech industry, and to share how her team is empowering care providers, older adults, and their families. Moderated by Jorge Cueto.

3 weeks ago

Robert Lee: "Rescuing Leftover Cuisine" | Talks at Google

Recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs list, Robert Lee is a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from New York University. At NYU, Robert worked on a club called Two Birds One Stone which delivers leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. After graduating, Robert worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. before continuing his passion of helping the hungry and reducing food waste by co-founding Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc., of which he won a CNN Hero Award. Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is a national 501(c)3 non-profit food rescue organization, operating in 16 cities and headquartered in New York City, that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance. Moderated by Lauren LeBeouf.

3 weeks ago

John Wood and Saluom Lak: "Room to Read: From Start to Success" | Talks at Google

Room to Read has for several years been one of Google Zürich’s most loved charities, frequently appearing in GServe and Giving Week. We are joined by John Wood, the founder of Room to Read, to talk about how the charity collaborates with local governments, schools, communities and families to ensure they understand the importance of literacy and the role that they can play in helping girls and women achieve their full potential. John Wood is also joined by Saluom Lak, one of the charities success cases from Cambodia who gave some insight into how Room to Read has changed her life. Moderated by Raphael Leiteritz.

4 weeks ago

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann: "Rise of Blockchain and Its Global Adoption" | Talks at Google

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann is the Chairman of the Global Blockchain Business Council, a co-founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, and a member of the Advisory Board of the BitFury Group, a leading full-service blockchain company. He is also the Director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America, where he and his team work with the world's largest asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. Between 2010 and 2014, Dr. Tillemann served as a Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. After the recent craze around blockchain technology and the insane growth in the valuation of cryptocurrencies, many of us are wondering about the future of blockchain. Does the technology have broader potential to impact the mainstream economy, government and institutions, or is it going to remain a domain of hackers and financial speculators? Dr. Tillemann offers a unique perspective with his vast experience in both blockchain and civic institutions, and his work to connect the two. He sits down with Googler Jaka Jaksic and they discuss a range of topics, from technology to politics. More about Dr. Tillemann here:

1 month ago

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga: "What Do Science, Technology, and [...]" | Talks At Google

In the STI literature, Africa has often been regarded as a recipient of science, technology, and innovation rather than a maker of them. In 'What Do Science, Technology, and Innovation Mean from Africa?", scholars from a range of disciplines show that STI in Africa is not merely the product of “technology transfer” from elsewhere but the working of African knowledge. Their contributions focus on African ways of looking, meaning-making, and creating. “Things do not (always) mean the same from everywhere,” observes Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga, the volume’s editor. Get the book here:

2 months ago

Andy Weir: "Artemis" | Talks at Google

Andy Weir discusses his bestselling novel The Martian and his new novel Artemis. About the book: Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich. Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time. So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down. Get the book here:

2 months ago

Max Tegmark: "Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of AI" | Talks at Google

Max Tegmark, professor of physics at MIT, comes to Google to discuss his thoughts on the fundamental nature of reality and what it means to be human in the age of artificial intelligence. Max Tegmark is a renowned scientific communicator and cosmologist, and has accepted donations from Elon Musk to investigate the existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012, won Science Magazine’s “Breakthrough of the Year" in 2003, and has over 200 publications, nine of which have been cited more than 500 times. He is also scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, wrote the bestseller Our Mathematical Universe, and is a Professor of Physics at MIT. Get the book here:

2 months ago

Masha Alyokhina: "Riot Days" | Talks at Google

Masha Alyokhina, the Russian author, poet, musician, dissident, and co-founder of the Pussy Riot collective, visits Google Seattle for a conversation with Google's Jeff Albertson about her memoir of life in a Russian prison, "Riot Days". Get the book here: Moderated by Jeff Albertson.

2 months ago

Rob Reid: "After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley" | Talks at Google

The definitive novel of today’s Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times bestselling author, Rob Reid. Get the book here:

2 months ago

Giselle Carino: "Bringing Healthcare to Vulnerable Populations" | Talks at Google

Giselle Carino discussed “Bringing healthcare to vulnerable populations in Latin America and the Caribbean” with Danielle Brown, Google’s VP for Diversity and inclusion, at Google in Mountain View, CA. Giselle is the CEO of International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). In Latin America and the Caribbean, where out-of-pocket healthcare costs are among the highest in the world, ensuring that healthcare is a human right and not just a privilege is no easy task. International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region, a network of local healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, draws on decades of experience as a global leader in sexual and reproductive health and rights to meet the unique challenges in the region. Whether it's using WhatsApp to provide women in rural Brazil with the latest information on Zika, using social media to advocate for the decriminalization of abortion in Chile, or piloting innovative programs aimed at ending domestic violence in Mexico—IPPF/WHR works at the intersection of public health, technology, development, and advocacy. Join Giselle Carino and Danielle Brown for a discussion on the state of women’s health and rights in the region and how the organization is navigating the region’s rapidly changing political, economic, and environmental landscape. Moderated by Danielle Brown, Google’s VP for Diversity and Inclusion.

3 months ago

Leonie Cornelius: "Dream Gardens" | Talks at Google

Award winning garden designer Leonie Cornelius reminds us to dream big in this fun and inspiring talk. Picture your favourite garden in the world, then ask, what are the elements that make it so special, that I bring into my own little plot. This talk is as relevant for first time plan owners as it is to the seasoned gardener. Leonie is best known for her television work on the RTE Today show as well as her role as Mentor and Judge on RTE’s Super Garden. Her designs for Bloom in the Park, Dubarry of Ireland have won her several gold and silver-gilt show garden medals. As a garden writer her she has worked for many Magazines and Newspapers including the Irish Independent and the Irish Mail on Sunday. She currently writes a weekly spread for the Irish Mail on Sunday. Her bestselling book ‘Dream Gardens’ is published by Mercier Press. Moderated by Karoline O'Sullivan.

3 months ago

Anne Leckie: "Provenance" | Talks at Google

Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, joins us in Cambridge to discuss Provenance, an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good. Get the book here:

3 months ago

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: "River Cottage Much More Veg" | Talks at Google

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall discusses his new book "Much More Veg" along with a Q&A starting at 37 minutes. He is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. His River Cottage books have collected multiple awards, while the hugely influential Fish Fight series earned him a BAFTA. In his new cookbook, River Cottage Much More Veg!, Hugh makes it clear that fresh, vibrant plant ingredients are the very best building blocks for hearty and healthy meals. Get the book here: Moderated by Mariana Saraceni.

3 months ago

Patrick Sweeny: "The Surprising Power of Fear" | Talks at Google

YPO Global One and Chairman of the Entertainment Network, Patrick Sweeney is a modern day Full Time Adventurer. That means in addition to going on expeditions and setting world records, he spends most of his time as a Speaker, TV Host and Author. In the process of writing a book on fear, he came to Zurich to talk about how fear can be the biggest performance enhancing force in your life.

3 months ago

Grethen Carlson: "Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back" | Talks at Google

When Gretchen Carlson spoke up about sexual harassment in the workplace, she jumped off a cliff--having no idea what would lie below. But now, inspired by her actions, thousands of women are joining her movement to Be Fierce and reclaim their power against any form of abuse or injustice. This event will provide empowering advice and encouragement to women who feel they are being put down or held back in any aspect of their lives⎼whether by unwanted come-ons, bullying, pay inequity, let alone a seat in the boardroom. Gretchen will show you how to take control of your life by invoking personal power to achieve the emotional transformation needed to overcome any tough obstacles and become the person you were meant to be. Her Be Fierce movement is a motivating testament to what women and men can accomplish if they collectively decide to speak, stand up, and become a warrior in the path for a better future. Get the book here: Moderated by Gabe Sherman, Vanity Fair.

3 months ago

Mike Love: "Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy" | Talks at Google

Mike Love discusses memorable stories from his legendary, raucous, and triumphant 55 years as the front man of The Beach Boys. Love shares how became the front man and principal lyricist for America's most successful rock band, his unsettling encounters with Charles Manson's "family", and how his studies with Maharishi forever changed his life. This talk also provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the early days of Rock and Roll, and the changing cultural mores over the past half century. Mike Love’s double album "Unleash The Love" is available now for pre-order. It includes 13 original songs + 12 re-recordings of The Beach Boys classics. 4 singles are available for instant download and streaming, including the title track and brand new collaboration “Darlin’” featuring AJR. Pre-order here: Moderated by Heather Young.

3 months ago