Mike Cassidy

Vice President, Project Loon


Mike Cassidy is the Vice President of Project Loon. Mike previously was a Director of Product Management for the Google search engine, focusing on social search, personalized search, people search and other areas. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Mike was the co-founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, which helped travelers share their favorite places and was acquired by Google; Xfire, which helps gamers play online with their friends and was acquired by MTV; Direct Hit, a search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, etc. and was acquired by Ask Jeeves; and Stylus Innovation, whose flagship product was computer telephony software Visual Voice, and which was acquired by Artisoft.

Mike has been on the board of advisors of Jazz at Lincoln Center the visiting committee board of the MIT Media Lab. He studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music. Mike has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.