Kelly Norton is a software engineer living in Surf City, North Carolina. He holds degrees
from Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from the MIT Media Lab
where he studied under John Maeda. From 2006–2012, he was a software engineer at Google
working on Google Web Toolkit, Speed Tracer, Google Chrome and other stuff. He co-founded
Connexxia LLC in 2000 to help universities effectively recruit high school seniors through
online social engagement. He was co-founder at FullStory
He worked on product search at Etsy
Now he is a Principal Software Engineer at MailChimp
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If your email includes something you don't want the NSA to see, you can also use his
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to encrypt it first.
As of December 2015, Kelly is part of the amazing team of talented misfits at MailChimp
For 2014 & 2015, Kelly was a software engineer on the Buyer Experience team at Etsy
where he hacked on Search and helped to make a world
class engineering organization even more world classy.
In early 2012, Kelly waved goodbye to a comfortable job to focus on building business software that was powerful,
yet beautiful and well-crafted. In two years, the team (made mostly of former Googlers) produced two such
In 2015, FullStory secured a series A round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google
Ventures and continues to make the world of analytics far more human-centric.
From 2006–2012, Kelly was a Software Engineer at Google where he worked on
a lot of different projects:
Google Web Toolkit (2006–2010),
Speed Tracer (2008–2010),
Google Wave (2009 & 2010),
WebKit (2009 & 2012),
Google Chrome (2012)
and a number of other things he can't talk about.
Kelly started his career at Google working on Google Web Toolkit. When he joined
the team there were almost no internal applications using GWT. Today it supports
millions of lines of code and some of Google's most critical properties. Through
his work on GWT, Kelly got a good sense of what it takes to implement web applications. In particular, he took
apart pretty much every shipping browser in the name of UI responsiveness. He attempted to capture much of what
about web performance in a project that started as a 20% project and ended with the release
of Speed Tracer. In 2009, he also won an OC Award (the second highest award for innovation
at Google) for his performance work on AdWords.
In 2011, Kelly officially transitioned to work on Google Chrome where he was involved in the initial
public release of the Dart language. At the forefront of the launch was
http://try.dartlang.org, a tool he designed and implemented
with a couple of awesome team members in a very short time. After the Dart release, he has been
focusing on improving the web platform directly through work on WebKit where he is a committer.
MIT MEDIA LAB
From 2004–2006, Kelly was a graduate student, researcher and teaching assistant at the MIT Media
Lab as a part of John Maeda's Physical Language Workshop. Kelly's work focused on topics at the
intersection of engineering and visual design. His projects were generally of a multi-disciplinary
character and included areas such as information visualization, collaborative creative
tools and computational art.
In 2000, Kelly co-founded Connexxia with friends Shawn Coyne and Peter Flur. Connexxia's primary
product, AdmissionsGenie, helped colleges and universities more effectively recruit students
by connecting them to real people through the web. It showed consistent, good results and
hosted the admissions sites for a number of schools, including some big names like Duke University, Emory
and Georgia Tech. Connexxia later expanded its products to cover university alumni and some specialized
business recruiting. As a funny aside, Kelly was actually targeted by his own recruiting tool
when he neared graduation at MIT. In 2005, Connexxia was acquired by Internet marketing firm
James Tower. In 2010, James Tower decided to focus the entire company on the higher education
market and rebranded themselves Blue Hue Education. AdmissionsGenie is still the name of their
Kelly grew up in South Georgia but he speaks with almost no southern drawl (except
when he says “boiled peanuts”). He is married to Stephanie and they
have three kids: Trey, Zoe and Ali. Kelly is stubborn and likes to do things his
way; the kids are stubborn and like to refuse to do things, period. Kelly is
also a bit of an endurance sports fanatic and loves competing in triathlons (which
he uses an excuse to add new stuff to his bike).