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Lars Bak

Lars Bak may not be a household name, says Rob Minto in the Financial Times. But the software designer could soon have “a profound impact on your life.” Bak designed a key component of Google’s Chrome Web browser—the code, dubbed V8, that enables Web-based applications to run faster. Analysts believe the advance will accelerate the spread of so-called cloud computing, “a linchpin in the business plan of Google.”

Never a fan of “caffeine-fueled all-night programming sessions,” Bak works from home, a converted farmhouse in Denmark. Despite being nine time zones away from Google’s headquarters, Bak says the company was “prepared to trust me. They knew I wasn’t going to goof off.”

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