Irene Au is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. Irene previously ran Product Design at Udacity after leading User Experience at Google for six years, where her team was responsible for design and research for all of Google's products worldwide. Before that, Irene established and led the User Experience and Design team at Yahoo! for eight years, and began her career as an interaction designer at Netscape Communications.
Irene also teaches yoga and meditation at Avalon Art and Yoga Center, one of Palo Alto's oldest and most established yoga studios. She co-chairs the Board of Trustees at Bowman International School, a K-8 private Montessori school in Palo Alto.
Irene holds a bachelor's of science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of South Carolina Honors College where she graduated summa cum laude and a master's of science degree in industrial engineer and human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Irene can help you with
- UX Team Development
- With eight years of experience at Yahoo and more than five years at Google, I have built and led the most prominent in-house UX teams in the Internet industry. I have been the largest employer of UX professionals in the Bay Area, with disciplines that span interaction design, visual design, user research (qualitative and quantitative), and front-end web development.
- UX Design
- I have led design efforts for products that span commerce, media and entertainment, web-based applications, and social media. These products have targeted a wide range of users, including consumer users, small business owners, and enterprise users on desktop and mobile devices.