Profile

Cover photo
Astro Teller
Works at Google X Lab
Attended Carnegie Mellon University
Lives in San Francisco / Palo Alto
4,447 followers|3,339,097 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Fantastic article about what the workplace can do to lean in towards women!

http://qz.com/663319/offices-should-follow-the-lead-of-the-nba-and-create-hustle-stats/
Men will beat us every time at being men, no matter how far we lean in.
11
2
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Nice! Danielle gets the top spot on this debate about marriage and divorce in the New York Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/06/21/knowing-when-a-marriage-is-over
6
Scott Montague's profile photo
 
I wonder if the wisdom is knowing that often, the grass is greener on the other side, is an optical illusion.

Just as we attempt to stop a person jumping off a bridge so they have time to get over present challenges, society has figured out is often a temporary situation.

Perhaps it is better to first try to make things work.

Just like chasing money, chasing a new relationship, does often not bring lasting happiness. Obviously there is a dopamine spike from every purchase, but that means one has to buy new things all of the time.

This means one is going through withdrawal half of the time.

I think it is a better strategy to learn how to find the right perspective that makes any situation a positive.

Of course there exceptions, perhaps Astro has a valid point there.
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Here is a talk I gave at Stanford last week on the things I wish I could have gotten into my TED talk but didn't have space for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtCBCa7DiHo
33
10
Ciro Villa's profile photoBrian Salter's profile photoHugo Diaz's profile photoPatrick Sullivan's profile photo
4 comments
 
Systematized Innovation. Not easy. If Alvin Toffler's Future Shock hockey stick curve exists, then it requires seeing forward to future points farther along that geometric curve. Serendipity factors in to make it fuzzier and more difficult to know the farther out one looks in time. One way to try do it is somehow creating a kind of innovation Darwinism--a sort of corporate Galapagos Islands. Let the egos attack each other and see what bubbles up. It should create something that does very well, in that corporate Galapagos. Then the hope is, when that "life form" (idea), is transplanted out into the larger world, it survives and thrives. To a degree this happens at all corporations, it's just usually very slow or only in response to competitive forces. Another method of doing it is having vision. That's harder, and more interdisciplinary in nature. It's also how Google started. Right? Sergey and Larry went to every corporate and VC Galapagos. Each of those corporate pyramids had shaken out all the egos and each was convinced it had the "best". Yet none of them had vision, and all did the classic ego "yeah, but..." to Larry and Sergey, except the very last VC. I want to believe you are as visionary as their very last VC was. How can I reach you?
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Great podcast with Danielle and me about Sacred Cows: http://thenewfamily.com/2016/04/podcast-episode-62-myths-marriage-divorce/
Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 62 of The New Family Podcast where we explore deeply held cultural assumptions and myths surrounding marriage and divorce. On this episode I’m joined by Drs. Danielle and Astro Teller. Danielle and Astro are co-authors of the book Sacred Cows: The Truth About Marriage and...
7
3
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
43
12
Scott Montague's profile photoDaniel Junior's profile photoJon Catling's profile photo
3 comments
 
Surely that should be x instead of X.... :-)
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
8
5
Noble's profile photo
Noble
 
Informative and entertaining. Thanks!!
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
4,447 people
Ugo Giordano's profile photo
alex zhoon's profile photo
Nicole Haman's profile photo
Hubert Ströbitzer's profile photo
Ted Stout's profile photo
Shaiful Taher's profile photo
Don Denesiuk's profile photo
Roland Duffau's profile photo
Aaron Goldman's profile photo

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
By shifting attention to scary hypotheticals, discussion of facts is lost.
19
Vicki Haas's profile photoDave Wagner's profile photoSteven Rose's profile photoBen Dickson's profile photo
4 comments
 
I can't support the abolishment of slippery slope, as it would lead to many unnecessary injuries and deaths of our downhill skiers. Our national security is dependent on being a powerhouse in the winter Olympics. Supporting our troops requires it.
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
15
2
John Pas's profile photo
 
That is one of the dumbest things i've read in a while.
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
People have been asking me what I wanted to say in my TED talk but couldn't fit into those 16 minutes so here are a few of those fun items from the cutting room floor!

https://backchannel.com/the-head-of-x-explains-how-to-make-audacity-the-path-of-least-resistance-fac53c3338d#.km40dm46o
18
6
Daniel Tung's profile photoPatrick Sullivan's profile photo
3 comments
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
If you didn't get to watch it in theaters on Feb 15th, my TED talk is now available!

http://www.ted.com/talks/astro_teller_the_unexpected_benefit_of_celebrating_failure
"Great dreams aren't just visions," says Astro Teller, "They're visions coupled to strategies for making them real." The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the "moonshot factory," as it's called, where his team seeks to solve the world's biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X's secret to creating an organization where people feel comfo...
45
18
Noble's profile photoDaniel Petersen's profile photoCiro Villa's profile photoScott Montague's profile photo
4 comments
 
Fun talk with secret airships... I have worked with liquid helium in a past life; what one might consider is the limited supply of helium on earth.

Perhaps the helium should be saved for super conducting applications, maybe Loon could design for hydrogen from the beginning. Fireballs are less of a problem for an un-manned craft, however, the baloon material might leak more. Something to fail/solve early as your wisdom suggests.
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Super fun talk that D and I just did at Silicon Valley Comic Con debating whether humanity should be more scared of AI or Genetic Engineering!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-_CUG1U_Jg
16
1
Daniel Junior's profile photoarmando sori's profile photo
2 comments
Add a comment...

Astro Teller

Shared publicly  - 
 
Blog post on the TED website from me and Danielle about Sacred Cows!
http://ideas.ted.com/the-inconvenient-truth-about-love-and-divorce/
American society has branded marriage as an institution of love, and yet we cling to old-fashioned narratives about divorce. Astro Teller and Danielle Teller argue that this is harmful to individua…
7
Daniel Petersen's profile photo
 
I just ended a 6 year old relationship 8 months ago and still have a hard time getting over it, but your write up definitely makes me think about love and marriage differently.

I admire you a lot! Don't stop posting your thoughts +Astro Teller​. 
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
4,447 people
Ugo Giordano's profile photo
alex zhoon's profile photo
Nicole Haman's profile photo
Hubert Ströbitzer's profile photo
Ted Stout's profile photo
Shaiful Taher's profile photo
Don Denesiuk's profile photo
Roland Duffau's profile photo
Aaron Goldman's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Oversee Google[x], Google's moonshot factory
Skills
Professional catalyst, Strategic troublemaker, Skeptical optimist, Organization magician
Employment
  • Google X Lab
    Captain of Moonshots, 2010 - present
  • Cerebellum Capital
    CEO, 2007 - 2010
  • BodyMedia
    CEO, 1999 - 2007
  • SANDbOX AD
    CEO, 1998 - 1999
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
San Francisco / Palo Alto
Story
Tagline
High Impact Innovation
Introduction
Entrepreneur, Scientist, Inventor, Speaker, Writer, Artist
Bragging rights
Google[x], BodyMedia, Cerebellum Capital, Exegesis, Sacred Cows
Education
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    Ph.D in Computer Science, 1993 - 1998
  • Stanford University
    MS and BS in Computer Science, 1988 - 1993
Basic Information
Gender
Male