Regina Dugan hops from DARPA to Google

Seen here in her final days as Director of DARPA, and feeling the pull of the Google boys in the audience.



“If you don’t have a nerd in your life, you should get one. I’m just saying.”


“Nerds change the world. If you can remove the fear of failure, the impossible becomes possible.”


“I often ask: what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? It’s a terrifying question actually.”


“We all have nerd power. Sometimes we just forget.”


I spoke with her a bit, and she has a keen interest in cortical modeling, quantum computers, syn bio, and ultra-cheap satellites.


This all jives nicely with the Google Master Plan.

  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Weaponizing Google...
    "DARPA's mission is the prevention of strategic surprise. You have to be excited and uncomfortable at the same time."

    "When we fly at Mach 20, we burn the airfoil as we fly it. The goal is to reach anywhere in the world in 60 minutes."

    Super lightweight metals

    So long and thanks for all the phish
  • scleroplex 3y

  • Chucil 3y

    She is amazing! Google is amazing! Ed Lu, an ex-Googler, is amazing. Happy Pi Day!
  • Giovanni Portelli 3y

    She's even wearing a skivvi
  • solerena 3y

    she had quite a job:

    "impossible, improbable, inevitable" and all this started with sputnik... Wishing her new team only good strategic surprises:)
  • Happy Tinfoil Cat 3y

    Cool, I think I'll join Google next week.
  • Phool Proof 3y

    I'm seriously starting to think that I should swap my hyper-conventional pinstripe suit and necktie attire for a black turtleneck and jeans outfit when I talk about vision & strategy (^^;
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y


    It worked for Jobs. =)
  • Steve Jurvetson 3y

    Her TED Talk went online today.
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