Google executive killed in Nepal earthquake

Google executive killed in Nepal earthquake

Google executive killed in Nepal earthquake

Written by Staff Writer

27 Apr, 2015 | 3:21 pm

Dan Fredinburg who is a respected Google executive was a person who headed privacy for Google X and lead its product management team has died in the avalanche on Mount Everest as a result of the huge earthquake that was triggered in Nepal a few days back. The natural disaster has already killed over 2,000 people in the region and devastated infrastructure. 18 other climbers have been killed in what is being described as the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in the last 80 years.

By all accounts, Fredinburg was an experienced climber who had also co-founded Google Adventure, a company team that filmed Google Street View images in extreme, exotic locations like the summit of Mount Everest or the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.

Fredinburg’s sister Megan confirmed his death via his Instagram account, while Google’s privacy director Lawrence stated that he was a long-time member of the Privacy organization in Mountain View and was in Nepal with three other Googlers, hiking Mount Everest. Despite his death, the other three Googlers with him are safe and will be back home soon.

He added that Google’s Crisis Response team has launched Person Finder for Nepal, and is working to get updated satellite imagery to aid in the recovery effort. Google.org is committing $1M to the response.

Fredinburg co-founded a climate change nonprofit, Save The Ice, and a startup accelerator in San Francisco called The Laundry, aimed at taking technology to emerging markets.

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