Business, Jobs & Innovation

As a VP of engineering at Google, BAM was a manager of multinational teams numbering in the thousands. He's a serial founder, an inventor, an investor, an advisor and a board member. He understands business because he's built businesses and because he's helped others to build their businesses too. Starting a business is hard enough, the State of Kansas shouldn’t make it any harder.

Supporting Entrepreneurs

BAM is an experienced startup investor and Board member. He serves on the Advisory Board of Firebrand Ventures, a Midwest regional venture fund. He sits on the Technology Advisory Council of CTA which organizes The International Consumer Electronics Show. He has advised well over 20 businesses and been active in Kansas startups since 2015.

Sharing Best Practices

BAM has been sharing his business experience with students in Kansas for a decade. In the last year alone, he's given talks at over 50 schools and dozens of businesses and organizations.

2015. BAM joins Uber

BAM joined Uber in 2015 to grow and lead teams in mapping, self-driving, and machine learning.

2004. Google acquires Keyhole

After Keyhole was acquired in 2004, BAM spent a decade building and leading the teams behind Google Earth, Google Maps and Street View.

2001. Co-founded Keyhole

Over 30 Years Experience

Read more about BAM's career on LinkedIn.

  • Startland News

    Eyeing Midwest startups, Firebrand Ventures adds to advisory board. Joining the team alongside Techstars CEO David Cohen, Kansas Citian Keith Harrington, who’s the managing director for Novel Growth Partners, and Brian McClendon, former Uber vice president of maps, Tom Ball is expected to bring his Austin-based investor experience to Firebrand Ventures. Cultivating a rockstar team of advisors is paramount to a fund’s success, said John Fein, managing director of Firebrand Ventures. Read more...

  • New York Times

    Google Raises the Maps Bar. The idea is that if Google can own the geographic data, instead of purchasing it from others, it can produce maps that are more reliable. That is one reason Google’s cars have driven over five million miles, why it now has hikers, bicyclists and snowmobilers among its employees, and why it has established the indoor layouts of over 10,000 buildings in the United States and Japan (and just added a few in London). Read more...

  • Sydney Morning Herald

    Meet Google's Mr Maps. From Hollywood films to mapping the globe, Brian McClendon has the vision. Eight years ago Google bought a cool little graphics business called Keyhole that had been working on 3D maps. It turned out to be a very smart move. Along with the acquisition came Brian McClendon, a tall and serious Kansan, who had supplied high-end graphics software used in films including Jurassic Park and Terminator 2. Read more...

  • Wired Magazine

    The Huge, Unseen Operation Behind The Accuracy Of Google Maps. On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor—an effort they call Ground Truth. Read more...

  • 41 Action News

    Google Earth co-creator Brian McClendon surprises students at the University of Kansas with tablet computers. Read more...

  • Startland News

    5 glimpses into Uber VP Brian McClendon’s crystal ball. Brian McClendon — vice president of maps and business platform at Uber — may reside in Silicon Valley, but his roots are here in the prairie. Read more...

  • Wired Magazine

    All Google's Roads lead to Kansas. In a few instances, someone at Google appears to have exercised editorial discretion in the preparation of its maps. Google Earth, another cartographic service offered by the company, centers its globe on Lawrence, Kansas, in company exec Brian McClendon's nod to his former hometown and alma mater, the University of Kansas. Read more...

  • Lawrence Journal World

    Google VP tells KU audience that cloud computing, Internet by mobile is the future — and that it’s in reach. The KU and Lawrence High School graduate told his audience of mostly students and instructors about a movement toward storing data remotely, so that users can access it anywhere. Read more...