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Georges Harik


Dr. Georges Harik serves as Advisor at GV. He is one of Google's first 10 employees, held the roles of director of Googlettes and distinguished engineer. As director of Googlettes, his team was responsible for the product management and strategy efforts surrounding many nascent Google initiatives including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups and Google Mobile. As a distinguished engineer, Georges was the co-developer of the targeting technology behind AdSense, the first engineering manager of the Google Search Appliance, and the co-author of the original product plan for the AdWords Online system. Georges has also contributed to numerous patents covering Google's search engine and advertising networks and served several years as one of three members Google's initial engineering hiring committee, which oversaw the hiring of Google's first few hundred engineers. Georges' technical background is in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to his work life, Georges received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he focused on mathematical models of genetic algorithms, programs that evolve to solve problems, that are inspired by natural processes. While at the University of Illinois as a research associate, Georges co-invented the first highly accurate technique for estimating the time complexity of genetic algorithms, published in the paper "The Gambler's Ruin Problem, Genetic Algorithms, and the Sizing of Populations." Subsequently, Georges published one of the seminal papers in the field of optimization using probabilistic modeling "Linkage Learning via Probabilistic Modeling in the ECGA". He then worked at SGI, as a developer of MineSet, a data mining product. At Google, Georges was a co-inventor and co-developer of two very large scale parallel machine learning programs that are used in numerous systems such as AdSense targeting and the spam filter in Gmail. Georges is currently an angel investor and an advisor to various startups focusing on the areas of internet applications, machine learning, advertising technologies and biotechnology. He is also a founder of and a co-founder of, an open source artificial intelligence research lab.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

Georges Harik Investments (64)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Bay Labs 01-Mar-2018 Later Stage VC 00.00 Diagnostic Equipment Clinical Trials - General 0000000 00000 00.0
00000000 01-Jul-2017 0000 00000 00.000 Automation/Workflow Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
0000 00000000 28-Apr-2017 00000 00000 00.00 Electronics (B2C) Startup 0000000 00000 00.0
0000000 15-Sep-2016 0000 00000 00.000 Automation/Workflow Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
0000000 11-Feb-2016 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
000000 17-Dec-2015 00000 00000 0000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
000000 000000 04-Nov-2014 0000 00000 00.000 Other Consumer Products and Services Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
000000 000000000 14-Jul-2014 00000 00000 00.00 Application Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.0
Parlio 10-Jun-2014 Seed Round 00.000 Social Content Startup 0000000 00000 00.0
uBiome 01-Jun-2014 Early Stage VC 00.00 Laboratory Services (Healthcare) Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg 0000000 00000 00.0
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Georges Harik Exits (27)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
uBiome 04-Sep-2019 Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg Completed
000000000 0000 14-May-2019 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
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000000000000 20-Jun-2018 000000000000000000 Completed
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0000000 28-Apr-2018 000 00 00000000 Completed
0000 000000000000 01-Sep-2017 000 00 00000000 Completed
000000 000000 12-May-2016 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000 30-Mar-2016 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000000 29-Feb-2016 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 00000
Iodine 01-Jan-2016 Merger/Acquisition Completed
Octopart 14-Aug-2015 Merger/Acquisition Completed
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Georges Harik Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Georges Harik Ph.D Angel Investor 00 0 San Francisco, CA