Prepare to Design the Future
March 19–20, 2017: Training
March 20–22, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA
Irene Au

Irene Au
Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

Website | @ireneau

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, Yahoo, and Udacity. 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 part of the teacher training program faculty, and is a frequent author and speaker on the relationship between mindfulness practices, design, and creativity. Irene graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a degree in electrical and computer engineering and holds a master’s degree from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her worked focused on human-computer interaction .


10:15am–10:40am Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Location: Grand Ballroom
Irene Au (Khosla Ventures), Ivy Ross (Google)
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This fireside chat brings together two of Silicon Valley's heaviest hitters in design. Khosla Ventures’s Irene Au interviews Ivy Ross, VP of design and user experience for hardware products at Google. Expect a lively discussion about the future of hardware design, how to design products with soul, and lessons on design leadership that pulls on threads from both of their experiences. Read more.