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Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist

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Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit was at the center of the founding of the two most important companies founded in the past decade in Silicon Valley: Google and Facebook.

Dai Sugano / Mercury News

Soon after Paul Buchheit joined Google in 1999, he coined the phrase "Don't be evil," which along with profit and loss, remains the yardstick by which Google is most commonly judged. As employee No. 23, Buchheit created Gmail and helped start AdSense, the advertising program that is Google's second-biggest revenue source.

From San Jose Mercury News
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