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Astro Teller Speaker Profile
Captain of Moonshots, Google X Laboratories. Co-founder & Director, Cerebellum Capital, IncTopics:
– Building a Moonshot Factory
– Getting Started On a Big Idea
– How to Drive Innovation inside Organizations
Astro Teller (born in 1970) is an entrepreneur, scientist, and author, with expertise in the field of intelligent technology.
Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic computation, also from Stanford University, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hertz fellowship. After working as a teacher at Stanford University, he became a business executive.
Dr. Astro Teller currently oversees Google[x], Google's moonshot factory for building magical, audacious ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality. Astro is also co-founder and a current Director of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, a hedge fund management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Astro was also the co-founder and CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company that was sold to Jawbone in 2013.
From 2007 to 2010, Astro was the founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Teller was the founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc. From 2003 to 2010, Astro was a co-founder and Chairman of Zivio Technologies, an intellectual property holding company. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Sandbox Advanced Development, an advanced development technology company.
As a respected scientist and seasoned entrepreneur, Teller has successfully created and grown five companies and holds numerous U.S. patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Dr. Teller's work in science, literature, art, and business has appeared in international media from the New York Times to CNN to NPR's "All Things Considered." Teller regularly gives invited talks for national and international technology, government, and business forums on the subject of the future of intelligent technology.
Astro is also a writer. In 1997 Random House published his first fiction novel, Exegesis, which went on to critical acclaim and publication around the world in many other languages. He has since published a second novel, sold a movie to Paramount, placed many op-ed pieces and journal articles, and his third book, this one a non-fiction work called Sacred Cows about our society's confusions about marriage and divorce, was published in July of 2014. He gave a 2014 TEDxBoston talk on this book.
He was awarded 14 on Silicon Valley 100 List in 2014 and 21 on The Verge 50 List in 2013.
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