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John Hanke is a serial entrepreneur. He currently runs Niantic Labs, a Google startup lab which explores experimental mobile, social, and local applications. Prior to joining Google, Hanke founded and was CEO at Keyhole, Inc.. Google acquired Keyhole in 2004, at which point Keyhole's flagship product was renamed to Google Earth. After Keyhole's acquisition, Hanke spent several years as Vice President of Product Management for Google's "Geo" division (Google Earth, Google Maps, Local, StreetView, SketchUp, and Panoramio).
Hanke grew up in Cross Plains, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree (Plan II Honors) from the University of Texas, Austin. While a student at UT he chaired the Distinguished Speakers Committee and brought speakers Jeane Kirkpatrick, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Dith Pran, and others to lecture on campus. He received his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. Prior to business school, he worked in foreign affairs for the US Government in Washington, DC, and Myanmar. Upon Graduation, he subsequently helped start two successful entertainment software companies, Archetype Interactive and Big Network. John Hanke also worked on one of the early MMOs called Meridian 59.
- Hanke, John; Geiger, Patricia (January 22, 2015). "Reality as a virtual playground". Retrieved 2015-01-26.
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