Bradley Horowitz

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Bradley Horowitz
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Bradley Horowitz
Bradley Joseph Horowitz

Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationVP, Google
Spouse(s)Irene Au

Bradley Joseph Horowitz is an American entrepreneur and internet executive. He is a vice president at Google.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Horowitz was born in Dearborn, Michigan.

Horowitz received a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1989.[2]

He pursued his graduate studies at the MIT Media Lab, in the Vision and Modeling Group, under Professor Sandy Pentland. He received a master of science in Media Arts and Sciences in 1991,[3] and subsequently entered the PhD program. He dropped out of the PhD program in 1993 to co-found Virage. Horowitz's academic work focused on the intersection of computer vision, image processing and computer graphics. He has published numerous refereed papers in academic journals, including work on recovery of non-rigid structure from motion and fractal image compression,[4] and has been awarded more than a dozen patents.[5]


Horowitz joined Yahoo in 2004 as Director of Media Search.[6][7] Eventually he began the internal Hack Yahoo program, most notable for "Hack Days." Hack Days eventually morphed into the public facing Open Hack Days, including Beck's appearance at Yahoo's Sunnyvale campus in 2006. Eventually he was promoted to Vice President of Advanced Development, and his team created both Yahoo Research Berkeley and the Brickhouse incubator. Horowitz is also known for sponsoring numerous "Web 2.0" acquisitions into Yahoo, including Flickr, MyBlogLog and Jumpcut.

Horowitz left Yahoo[8] and joined Google[9] in 2008 as vice president of product for consumer applications,[10] eventually leading the product management organizations for Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar, Google Talk, Google Voice, Picasa, Orkut and Blogger.[11] In 2011, Horowitz and Vic Gundotra conceived of and led the Google+ Project.[12][13][14] In March 2015, he became the lead for the Google Photos and Streams products.[15]

Horowitz serves on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab.[16]


Horowitz was CTO and a co-founder (with Jeff Bach, Chiao-fe Shu and Ramesh Jain) of Virage, Inc.[17][18] Virage technology "watched, read and listened to raw video," extracting metadata that allowed for detailed semantic-based indexing of the video content. Virage went public on the NASDAQ in 2000,[19] and was acquired by Autonomy in 2003.[20] Horowitz acquired half a dozen patents in the field of media analysis and indexing while at Virage.

Personal life[edit]

Horowitz is married to designer Irene Au, who has held executive roles with Netscape, Yahoo, Google and Udacity.


  1. ^ "Bradley Horowitz". Google+.
  2. ^ "Not just another app: Bradley Horowitz of Google" (PDF). Spheres. University of Michigan School of Information. Fall 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-29. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Bradley Joseph (1991). "Syntactic and semantic image representations for computer vision". Master's Thesis.
  4. ^ Geoffrey M. Davis (1997). "A Wavelet-Based Analysis of Fractal Image Compression". IEEE Trans. Image Processing. 7 (2): 141–154. Bibcode:1998ITIP....7..141D. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/83.660992.
  5. ^ "ininventor:"Bradley Horowitz" - Google Search".
  6. ^ MediaPost Publications Printer Friendly. (2004-12-16). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  7. ^ Video Search Gains Momentum - InternetNews. InternetNews. (2004-12-17). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  8. ^ Mills, Elinor. (2008-02-15) Bradley Horowitz bids Yahoo farewell. CNET Retrieved on 2020-06-26.
  9. ^ Yahoo Exec Bails: Bradley Horowitz Leaves For Google. TechCrunch (2008-02-12). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  10. ^ Companies Turn to Social Tools But Information Overload Looms — Tech News and Analysis. (2010-12-09). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  11. ^ O'Reilly, Tim; Horowitz, Bradley (23 August 2011). "Inside Google+: Bradley Horowitz talks with Tim O'Reilly" (Video interview). O'Reilly Media.
  12. ^ Simonite, Tom. (2011-10-25) Bradley Horowitz | MIT Technology Review. Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  13. ^ Google+'s Bradley Horowitz: The Full AsiaD Interview (Video) - Kara Swisher - AsiaD. AllThingsD (2011-11-14). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  14. ^ Hardy, Quentin (2011-11-07). "Google+ Lets In the Corporations".
  15. ^ Linden, Ingrid (March 1, 2015). "Bradley Horowitz is Now Running Google+". TechCrunch.
  16. ^ "Visiting Committees of the MIT Corporation - Media Lab / Media Arts and Sciences".
  17. ^ In 24-Hour News Times, Real-Time Translation - New York Times. (2003-04-07). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  18. ^ Voice identification not a precise science - Chicago Tribune. (2002-11-14). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  19. ^ Virage Inc (Vrge) Ipo. Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
  20. ^ Autonomy buys video software rival. CNET. Retrieved on 2020-06-26.

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