software engineer, public speaker, raccoon enthusiast
Howdy! 🤠 I'm Bret, a software engineer and raccoon fan.
I'm a passionate full-stack web developer and former Developer
Advocate at Google where I focused on serverless Google Cloud
products like Cloud Functions, App Engine and Firebase.
I love to travel and have been to 70+ countries 🌍.
I've also been an avid runner, completing 19 half marathons and
5 full marathons.
Google Assistant is the conversational user interface for Android, iPhone,
and Google Home devices that helps you get things done in your world.
Come learn how to build a custom Action and see how the same
tools can help you build a serverless chatbot for Slack and more using
Google Cloud Platform.
Vintage video (2013): Racker developer Bret McGowen guides you on how to set up Stripe in your
Ruby on Rails web application so that you can easily accept online
payments. Follow along with the coding exercise as well.
I'm into nachos, running, volleyball, and raccoons. Here's me
meeting an awesome raccoon:
Prior to Google, I worked in the cloud industry at
as a software engineer. Before that, I led engineering teams at
an e-commerce company, a government laboratory, non-profits and
tried my hand at creating two startups. I'm often on the running trail, volleyball court or
I earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas
A&M University. You can find me on Twitter at
@BretMcG or @BretMcGowen.