Here Are All The Weird, Secret Projects Sergey Brin Spends His Time Building

Google Sergey Brin with beard at Solve for X

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After catching up with Google[x] lead engineer Sebastian Thrun, we finally know that Sergey Brin is indeed spending most of his time working on Google’s fringe projects.He’s taken less of a role in the day-to-day activities at Google and now spends his time creating projects that could potentially change the world.

Here’s a quick breakdown of everything he’s been working on since he started working on fringe projects at Google.

Indoor Maps

Self-driving cars

Google's Solve for X conference

Google also hosted a big conference where the company gathered together some of the smartest people in the world to try and solve the world's biggest problems.

Brin was a big part of this -- serving as MC with Eric Schmidt and hosting the event.

Buildings and power supplies

We've heard that there's a meme floating around in Google's offices that Sergey Brin is 'Batman.'

That's because hidden inside Brin's personal code base are, literally, blueprints for buildings and power supplies.

As in, he's working on building a Batcave.

That's probably not the exact goal, but it hasn't stopped Googlers from telling stories.


Sergey Brin was tasked early last year with 'figuring out social.'

The result of that was Google+. While Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra has largely been the figurehead for Google+, Brin still played a key role in getting it off the ground.


At the Web 2.0 conference last year, Brin said he spends one day a week coordinating staff and the other four days 'working on Google's infrastructure.'

That could be anything, but it likely has to do with the back-end of Google's service. Search reliability or efficiency, or something along those lines.

We know Brin has his own code base that only he can access and check code in and out of -- ironically also called GoogleX.

Hundreds of other side projects

When Sergey Brin isn't working on crazy fringe projects that could change the world, he can probably be found in the gym.

He's always been kind of a gym nut, but he spends even more time nowadays working out and staying fit, we hear from people close to him.

But without Sergey Brin in charge, Google's hitting a snag...

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