Paul Buchheit is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He was the creator and lead developer of Gmail. He developed the original prototype of Google AdSense as part of his work on Gmail. He also suggested the company’s now-famous motto “Don’t be evil” in a 2000 meeting on company values.The motto was originally coined in 1999 by Amit Patel, one of Google’s first engineers, in a collaborative resistance against the company’s hiring policies.
In 2010, Buchheit left Facebook to become a partner at the venture capital firm Y Combinator. From 2006 (when he started investing) until 2008, Paul invested about $1.21 million in 32 different companies. He also continues to oversee angel investments of his own, in (by his own estimate) “about 40” startups.
He won the 2011 The Economist Innovation Awards for the Computing and telecommunications