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


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