Meet the Team

Mike Cassidy
Vice President, Google[x]


Mike Cassidy is a Vice President at Google. He is currently the Project Leader for Loon with Google[x].  

Prior to joining Google, Mike was the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation.  Ruba helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves for $500 million.  Stylus Innovation’s flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice.  Artisoft acquired Stylus for $13M.  Mike has a BS/MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.  He graduated from Harvard Business School.
Richard DeVaul
Chief Technical Architect, Google[x]


Richard DeVaul is a member of the Google[x] team, a small group led by Astro Teller and charged with finding, inventing, or discovering the Next Big Thing for Google. 

He writes code, builds stuff, does math, and usually avoids setting things on fire. Prior to joining Google in mid 2011 Rich worked in Technology Advancement at Apple, investigating new technologies, features, and approaches for Apple products. 
Rich holds Master of Science ('98) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees ('04) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University (class of '93).