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2020-03-03T10:19:06-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
X Entrepreneur in Residence (XIR), Early Stage, X

Program Management

Mountain View, CA (HQ)

This is an 18-months program. 

About the team:

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing ideas are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. For X to be successful, we have to repeatedly turn breakthrough technology ideas into products that solve large problems in the world, and create meaningful businesses for Alphabet.

About the role:

We are seeking seasoned leaders and entrepreneurs who are motivated by passion to change the world for the better. As an X Entrepreneur in Residence (XIR), over the course of 18 months your mission will be to build, transform, and pilot an early idea into a successful Moonshot. You will have access to resources including first-class prototyping facilities, proprietary tools, and expert collaborators to both help you develop breakthrough technologies and validate product market fit.

You will have the option to either develop an idea beginning from inception, or align with an existing investigation developing at X.

How you will make 10x impact: 

  • Use a combination of critical thinking, networking, research, and prototyping to propose and assess potential breakthrough technology-enabled projects.
  • Collaborate or join forces with another RER to develop a moonshot idea. Progressively de-risk the idea both from technical and business perspectives.
  • Develop and refine your moonshot story and pitch as your advancements are made.
  • Leverage resources at X including first-class prototyping facilities, proprietary tools, and expert collaborators in your pursuit.
  • Motivated by purpose and passion; you fall in love with problems, not solutions.
  • Embrace humility.

What you should have: 

  • 10+ years as a senior leader at a tech company.
  • Played a key role in successfully taking new tech from idea inception to product launch, in particular deep tech, while working in a startup environment. You are biased to action and will “roll up your sleeves”
  • Ability to build an A+ team. You have a track record in spotting, attracting and retaining top talent across functions and levels.
  • Thrive in ambiguity and able to manage your own work 

It’d be great if you also had these: 

  • Demonstrated ability to de-risk a new product idea from both the technical and business perspectives. You approach problems with a start-up mentality and 
  • Able to effectively communicate both technical and non-technical information to mixed audiences

About X, the moonshot factory

X creates radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We develop uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses. We’re a team of makers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. We believe that a culture of psychological safety creates the foundation of trust and respect necessary to build moonshots. X was formerly known as Google[x] and is part of Alphabet.

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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