William Chou




Staff Software Engineer

Jan 2022 — Sep 2022

  • Individual contributor at in-house startup incubator in Snap Research & Development
  • Designed 3D and avatars for virtual events platform ohyay, and prototyped virtual co-presence experiments


Staff Software Engineer

Feb 2020 — Jan 2022

  • Founder and TLM for 0-to-1 "modern content" projects in Search, a top-four priority in 2022
  • Drove a new web creation product from conception to beta — staffed two teams, collaborated on strategy and roadmap design, coordinated with 5+ teams across Search, and led implementation
  • Launched Web Stories for WordPress, which drove 15% of Web Stories clicks on Google Discover

Staff Software Engineer

Sep 2016 — Feb 2020

  • TLM of three teams on AMP, an OSS web framework that powered XX% of mobile search results
  • Designed data-binding and concurrency programming models, which significantly increased AMP's scale by unlocking advanced use cases and verticals like e-commerce and travel
  • Engineering lead for cross-org integrations e.g. dynamic email with Gmail and Google Assistant
  • Gave tech talks at Google I/O, AMP Conf, and developer conferences around the world

Senior Software Engineer

Nov 2013 — Sep 2016

  • Tech lead of Google Drive for iOS
  • Designed new UI architecture shared across Google's productivity suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides)
  • Rewrote the upload system, file organization, and reduced startup latency by 25% and crash rate by >80%
  • Led modernization of release processes including time-based versioning and slow feature rollouts


Senior Software Engineer

April 2012 — Jun 2013

  • Individual contributor at Zynga's experimental game lab for innovative social titles like The Friend Game
  • Full-stack and mobile engineering for #1 iOS games Draw Something 2 and What's the Phrase


Game Programmer

Sep 2010 — Apr 2012


Cornell University

2005 — 2009

BA and MEng. in Computer Science


Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

2014 — present

Absolute Zero Breakdancing Club

2005 — present