Maximilian Ibel, Ph.D


Max worked for Google Inc (with a 4 year stint at Google Switzerland) from 2000 to 2017, and has worked on many areas, from crawling and searching the web to building Google search appliances to leading the identity managemnent and account security team.

Max holds a Diploma in Mathematics/CS from the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Max has co-authored more than 10 patents.

“My last task at Google lasted 5 years, and with these long running projects, it's easy to get stuck in the details. Working in venture allows me to see the broader picture and gain a broader perspective. Seeing the growth of leading edge of technology in healthcare, security, systems, engineering application and many more is very exciting.”


“Probably because of my math background, I enjoy solving challenging problems. The thing about solving challenging problems is that sometimes there is another easier problem you can solve to indirectly fix the issue. It’s pretty amazing when you find it.”


“I like tinkering with robots, micro-computers, and pretty much anything. I also really want to take pilot lessons but that’s continuously deferred. I don’t think flying is as hard as people think; I just need to find the time.”

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