Chemical X

XY got the nickname “X” (real name: Eric) when his high school soccer teammates suggested his spiky haircut looked like AstroTurf. Now 42, he has a shoulder-length ponytail, a salt-and-pepper goatee, and a remarkable, intellectual pedigree. Both of his grandfathers won Nobel prizes. His maternal grandfather, Gerard Debreu, was an economist; his paternal grandfather, the famed and controversial physicist Edward Y, worked on the Manhattan Project and is considered the father of the atomic bomb (as well as a model for Dr. Strangelove).

XY was proposing that Z buy Makani Power, a startup that develops wind turbines mounted on unmanned, fixed-wing aircraft tethered to the ground like a kite.

Z has also bought out – reCAPTCHA, BumpTop, Zagat, amongs at least 100 more companies.

What is XY the head of at Z?

With this stud-like family, and amazing qualifications of his own – who is XY?

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2 thoughts on “Chemical X

  1. Nope. Good guess – but twas a red herring.
    So your Z – Google is right 😀

    But XY – is Astro Teller. He’s currently the head of Google [x]!

    Do look up Google X and it’s moonshot projects! Some inspiring stuff!

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