Mary Grove (GFE) and Don Harrison (Google) at Startup Grind Global 2016
Mary Grove is director of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach where she leads Google for Entrepreneurs, the company’s programs and partnerships to support startups and entrepreneurs in over 100 countries around the world. Mary joined Google in 2004 as part of the legal team working on the company’s IPO then moved to New Business Development where she spent 6 years focused on a range of early stage product incubation and partnerships. Mary has led dozens of strategic technology partnerships across products including Gmail, Google Docs, Search, Chrome, and Social. She is an active leader in entrepreneur and developer outreach efforts both in the US and internationally, spanning initiatives in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. She has led exploratory trips and efforts for Google in Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Gaza, and the West Bank. Mary earned her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and sits on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Don Harrison is Vice President of Corporate Development at Google. He was formerly Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and worked on a variety of projects, from large international acquisitions to investments and innovative compensation programs. He joined in 2005, and has since closed more than 100 transactions for Google, including Urchin Software, Keyhole, DoubleClick, Motorola, AdMob and ITA. Prior to that, Don was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where, in 2003, he was first introduced to Google and helped them acquire a small, Santa Monicabased startup (Applied Semantics). He started his career at the Toronto law firm of Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg, after earning a degree in political science and philosophy at Dalhousie University and a law degree from the University of Toronto.