Google “hires” Silicon Valley star (not really)

It was April Fool’s Day in America and Silicon Valley‘s own Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) found himself hired by X, the secret research and development company created by Google.

Imagine if we could compress data to the point that we could decrease compute times by 10X? Or if we could miniaturize physical objects, dramatically increasing global portability while reducing their carbon footprint? That’s what project compression is about and to tackle this mammoth challenge, we brought in some mammoth talent.

We’ve hired our first ever Chief Compression Officer, Richard Hendricks, to make our biggest moonshots, well, smaller. Richard is a world class expert in compression, and is the former CEO of Pied Piper where he developed an astoundingly efficient data compression algorithm. We look forward to his contributions at X, both big and extremely small.

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