Nashville-area software developers gathered Thursday to watch Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. As part of the meetup, they heard from local Google employees about the company's growing presence in Nashville and were able to ask questions and share their own ideas.
Here are a few takeaways from the event:
1) Google Fiber has made some key hires for the rollout of its gigabit-speed network.
Martha Ivester, an agent at Creative Artists Agency, has been named Google Fiber's city manager. Before joining the music industry, she was a general manager and brand director for Nike, and also has worked for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Caroline de Gantes is also working for Google Fiber in Nashville. Previously, she was director of pricing and business development at Asurion and a manager at McKinsey & Co. in New York.
The Nashville Google team has grown to 10 staff members, and some construction has begun. De Gantes said the rollout will begin in months, rather than years.
2) Comcast and AT&T have a big public relations challenge ahead.
The crowd of about 50 developers began a handful of questions with ...