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Irene Au

Irene Au is Design Partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with early-, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs. Irene has unprecedented experience elevating the strategic importance of design within internet companies, having built and led the entire User Experience and Design teams at Google (2006-2012), Yahoo! (1998-2006), and Udacity (2012-2014).  She began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications, where she worked on the design of the internet’s first commercial web browser.  Irene also teaches yoga at Avalon Yoga Center in Palo Alto where she is among the teacher training program faculty and is a frequent author and speaker on mindfulness practices, design, and creativity.

How to find Irene: 

Twitter: @ireneau

Website: Design Your Life

Email: irene.au@gmail.com

Speaking Examples

The Architecture of Creative Collaboration, 99U; New York, 2017

 

Design is as Critical as Technology, KV Summit; 2014

 

Design & the Self, Lean Startup Week; San Francisco, 2016

 

Body Languages of Interaction Design, Interaction14; Amsterdam, 2014

 

Cultivating Empathetic Design in an Analytical World, Wisdom2.0; 2013