Interesting times -- in part because this and other start-ups are being created by Google alumni
Four software designers who were instrumental in the creation of Google’s popular e-mail and mapping services have founded a new company with the intent of making it easy for people to find out what Web material their friends are enjoying.
The company, FriendFeed, is the brainchild of Bret Taylor and Jim Norris, two of the programmers who built Google Maps. Several months ago the two men, both Stanford-trained computer scientists, teamed with Paul Buchheit and Sanjeev Singh, who were members of the original Gmail software design team.
Mr. Taylor said he and Mr. Norris left Google this year to create a company focused on data storage technologies, but they shifted direction several months ago.