Operating Partner at Khosla Ventures
If you’ve used the internet at all, you have been impacted by Irene’s work. Irene Au is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures, where she works with portfolio companies to make their design great. Irene has unprecedented experience building and leading User Experience teams, as she has led the entire UX team at Google (2006-2012), Yahoo! (1998-2006), and Udacity (2012-2014). She 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.