Engineer Brian Fitzpatrick left Google in 2014 to help launch Tock, a restaurant ticketing company that enables patrons to reserve a table and prepay their meals.
“It’s the first thing I’ve seen to come around in a long time that seems good for everyone,” he told the Tribune. “It makes the dining experience better for customers. The restaurant can be more profitable, and there’s less food waste.”
Before joining Tock, the brainchild of Alinea founders Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz, Fitzpatrick was the senior engineering manager for Google in Chicago. He launched the company’s Chicago engineering team in 2005.
During his time at Google he also founded the Internet giant’s “data liberation front,” ensuring Google users can take their files and photos elsewhere, or delete them. He also led the company’s transparency engineering team, which publishes the number of types of government requests Google receives to remove content or turn over information about users for criminal investigations.
Fitzpatrick, who goes by “Fitz,” is a New Orleans native who came to Chicago to study Latin and Greek at Loyola University. Prior to joining Google, he was a software engineer at CollabNet and Apple. He also co-wrote Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others with Ben Collins-Sussman.