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Telegraph Journal Interview
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Date
April 30, 2007
Topic
General background, upcoming internship at Google
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Andrew Mcgilligan
Telegraph-Journal

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, creators of the online video sharing phenomenon youtube.com, started their business in a loft above a pizza parlour in San Mateo, Calif. In November the pair sold their company for $1.65 billion to Google.

It seems fitting that Emmanuel Elmajian is sitting in an office above Mother Natures Restaurant in Rothesay, owned by his father. He's taking a few days to relax before starting an internship this Friday at the California headquarters of Google.

Like the youtube creators, Elmajian wants to leave his mark on the world wide web and going to work at one of the world's most recognizable technology companies can't hurt.

"I think now is a good time for me to go there, make some contacts and see what's going on," he said. "It seems to be the place where people with ideas that seem far fetched at first, but have been made into things people use every day."

Elmajian, a self-confessed Google ambassador in his class at the University of Waterloo's systems design engineering program, said he's fascinated with the company and looks forward to working for the Internet giant. His internship will have him working with a project manager on a specific product being developed by the company. The 22-year-old said he's not sure which product he'll be working on, but whatever it is he's excited to get started. Some products made famous by Google include its search engine, map and direction locator and their e-mail service gmail.

"They're really revolutionizing the Internet," he said. "I'm so excited about the products they make and how they simplify it for users all over the world."

Elmajian has some ideas of his own that he would like to pitch to the company which employs executive chefs, lets employees bring their dogs to work and provides staff with laundry facilities and massage services in the office.

It's in this type of environment where he hopes to flourish and, like other young Internet entrepreneurs, leave his mark on the world wide web.

For Elmajian now is the right time to leave his mark since so many people, especially the younger generation, are using the web more and more as a communications tool. Social networking sites like facebook.com and myspace.com are changing the way people interact from all across the globe.

"It would be great to leave my stamp on the Internet and I have lots of ideas on how I can do that," he said.

He's already left his mark in the city of Saint John by creating websites for local businesses and his alma mater Kennebecasis Valley High School. Elmajian has created a website to help the 10,000 alumni of the school connect with one another through the website kvalumni.com.

The site allows graduates to register, post their contact information and leave a blurb updating people on what they've been doing since graduation. Robert Munro, principal of KVHS, said he's happy with what Elmajian has created and looks forward to future developments of the site.

"He's a really busy guy, so trying to find the time to get this done is the biggest thing," Munro said. "But we've got a really good base going right now and when it's finished it will be spectacular."

For his part, Elmajian said he's in the initial phases of the website and wants to add more content including forums to allow people to talk to one another and add old photos of teams and events that occurred at the school.

As for Elmajian, Munro said he's one in a long line of great alumni from the school and wouldn't be surprised to hear his name come up in the near future.

"I wouldn't be surprised if his name was associated with creating something amazing," Munro said.


Google fan lists top products

Emmannuel Elmajian, a self-described Google fanatic, says the company is always coming up with new products. Here's a list of some of his favourite Google applications.

1. Google News: on the main google.com site the feature allows users to search through 4,500 news sources that are updated continuously.

2. Google Maps: The option provides specific directions and maps locations all over the world.

3. Google Desktop: Allows people to search their own computers as quickly as they search the web. It can also be customized to your liking by adding gadgets to the display on your desktop such as stock prices and sports scores.

4. Google calendar: An online resource to keep your daily itinerary. Elmajian says he enjoys the calendar because it can be accessed from any computer and it can be set up to send text message reminders of appointments to your cell phone.

5. Google documents: Instead of having to buy office software like Microsoft Word or spreadsheet, this product lets you work online. It can also be set up to allow others to work on the same document which Elmajian said is useful for businesses and students working on a group project.