Dan Morrill

Software Engineer

Biography

Dan Morrill

Software Engineer

As Developer Advocate, Dan Morrill works on the software side of Playground’s engineering team, but he gets involved in whatever needs doing, such as the build-out of the incubator’s computer network.

Dan comes to Playground from Google, where he was on the launch team for Android, helping to create the software even before phone prototypes had touchscreens.

Dan believes great products have certain key ingredients. “You have to have smart people, they have to know what they want to build, and they have to be allowed to build it,” he says, adding that while it sounds simple enough, a lot of companies don’t have all three.

Having worked in productive environments before, Dan is eager to help create one for the portfolio companies at Playground.

“Here, we get to help them get excited and build things, and remove obstacles so that they can be allowed to build the awesome thing that they know they want to build,” he says.

Before Google, Dan spent seven years at GE Research in upstate New York, “doing research into all sorts of things from Verilog for Field Programmable Gate Arrays up to JavaScript web apps.”



Android Compatibility and Open Source Program, Google
Android Developer Relations Lead, Google
Research Computer Scientist, GE Research
MS in Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic University
BS in Physics and Computer Science, Clarkson University