Scaling to billions without a degree - My journey to and at Google (w/ War Stories!)

This talk is a spicy mix of stories, knowledge, and personal experience - You’ll hear about how grizzlies can kill Google, why and how scaling software to billions is so hard, and how Google hired me at age 18.

Jan 17, 2022, 5:00 – 6:30 PM



Key Themes

Career Development
Google Assistant

About this event

Ever since I got into tech, I wanted to work at Google. And then, 2 years ago it suddenly happened, way earlier than anticipated and totally unexpected. However, it turned out to be very different from my imaginations, as I didn’t work on YT or Maps, but rather as an SRE on GCP - not as fancy, I thought at the time.

But it turns out that SRE, which was totally uncharted territory for me, was actually a lot more than I ever could have imagined - and in turn, I got really hooked on it.

That’s what I want to share with you: My journey to and at Google, and I want to open this side of tech to you that’s never taught in unis and unknown in most companies - until they grow big really quickly.


  • Felix Wu


    Software Engineer on the Server Platforms team


  • Philip Rehker

    GDSC Lead

  • Tan-Colin Wei

    GDSC Lead

  • Layla Zadina

    Core Team Member

  • Florian Hoppe

    Core Team Member

  • Justus Beck

    Core Team Member

  • Mohammad (Hamudi) Naanaa

    Core Team Member

  • Maria Pospelova

    Core Team Member

  • Philipp Zagar

    Core Team Member

  • Simon Huang

    Core Team Member

  • Florian Donhauser

    Core Team Member

  • Muhtasham Oblokulov


    Core Team Member

  • Maksym Bondarenko


    Core Team Member

  • Alexander Wiener

    Core Team Member

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