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Irene Au
Works at Khosla Ventures
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Palo Alto, CA
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I just posted on Medium about the DIY subscription service Whimseybox. The site is live and taking signups and charging people's credit cards. This site is a sham! Plus food for thought on subscription services and the wrong way to shut a startup down.
As you think about holiday gifts this season, I’d like to warn you about the subscription service Whimseybox. This is al…
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Crazy, especially given that it just takes a tiny bit of time to put up a notice and shutdown a website. 

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Exploring the intersection of wisdom & technology, Wisdom 2.0 is the annual gathering of those interested in living ancient wisdom in modern life. Speakers cross the spectrum from tech founders to spiritual teachers. If you are thinking of coming, early bird tickets end Wednesday night. www.wisdom2summit.com/register
Join us for Wisdom 2.0 2015. February 26th - March 1st, 2015. Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA. Early Bird Tickets End Tomorrow! About 1600 Tickets Are Already Taken. Tickets are available as supplies last. Once one ticket area sells out, the next kicks in. Want to be a partner, sponsor, ...
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Help direct the future of design education by joining Bridge Fund as Design Director
Designer Fund is looking for a Bridge Design Director who can help us grow Bridge into a world-class design education institution. If you are interested in learning more, say hello to us here. A year and a half ago, we built a professional development program to connect experienced designers with top startups in the Bay Area. Read more…
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"Technology will never replace love":  a moving Thai commercial reminds us to put the devices down and connect with our loved ones
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Totally true and beautiful!

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There is something to be said for having a Zen-like austere decor.  A new study looked at how visual surroundings in a kindergarten class affected students' ability to concentrate and learn. (Montessori schools have long emphasized the calmer, understated look.)
When kindergarteners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted, and their test scores lower, than when they were taught in a room that was comparatively spartan, a new study found.
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How do you handle jealousy?
I got an interesting question from someone this week: how you handle jealousy? I don't usually get jealous easily. There is only this one person I get jealous of. It seems like she has just got amazing luck, and everything j...
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This Sunday 7/13 and two Sundays after that on 7/27 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm I will be teaching a Yoga and Body Awareness class while chiropractor Shawn Bek is away.  

This will be a Level 1 practice in which I'll cover principles of alignment, safety, and getting the most out of the pose for each major category of the body: core, feet (including Achilles and calves), shoulders, hips, and spine (including forward folds, backbends, side stretches, and twists).  

Whether you are a beginner wanting to learn the fundamentals of yoga or an experienced practitioner that wants to learn general principles that will make your practice better, this will be a great class for you.  It's also a nice way to get that special family member or friend to start practicing yoga.  Hope to see you at Avalon Art and Yoga in Palo Alto on 7/13 and 7/27!
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Thanks for class +Irene Au, it was awesome!

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Great opportunity for designer at +ThoughtSpot especially if you like solving hard design problems.  Fantastic team, CEO, and product!

http://www.thoughtspot.com/design
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And here is a little more information about the company: 
http://blog.ireneau.com/2014/07/job-opportunity-product-designer.html

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Looking forward to the XX+UX event at Opower this Thursday!
 
Looking forward to this week's XX+UX at Opower with special guest +Irene Au! We have over 20 people on the waitlist, so please make sure to update your invite if you can't make it. 
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I'm bummed that I'll be missing you there! Have fun and thanks for supporting XX+UX, +Irene Au!

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“Our culture often paints empathy as weakness,” Jack said, “The current model plays into that view, suggesting that those who don’t like utilitarian thinking are intellectually weak and ruled by primitive passions.

“But these views are fundamentally misleading. Compassion is actually linked to stronger emotion regulation abilities. Decades of research shows that we have to overcome our reflexive feelings of aversion and distress to be ready and willing to help others.”
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UX Design, Yoga instructor
Employment
  • Khosla Ventures
    Operating Partner, 2014 - present
  • Avalon Art and Yoga Center
    Yoga Teacher, 2012 - present
  • Udacity
    VP Product Design, 2012 - 2013
  • Google
    Head of User Experience, 2006 - 2012
  • Yahoo
    VP User Experience and Design, 1998 - 2006
  • Netscape
    Interaction Designer, 1996 - 1998
  • Trinity Ventures
    Entrepreneur In Residence, 2012 - 2012
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Palo Alto, CA
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Columbia, SC - Durham, NC - Urbana, IL - Santa Clara, CA
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Designer, mother, yogini, group exercise addict
Introduction
I help companies make their design and UX great. I build high performing teams, establish design practices, mentor and grow the next generation of great designers, and design interfaces and experiences. I drive strategic discussions at the highest levels of companies, focusing first on user needs to inspire product innovation.

As former head of the design teams for Google and Yahoo, I have been one of the biggest employers of UX talent. I have led design and user experience at Google, Yahoo, Netscape, and Udacity.

An avid advocate of Montessori education, I co-chair the Board of Trustees at Bowman International School, a private K-8 school in Palo Alto, CA.

I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 16 and recommitted to my practice when my hectic career and passion for group exercise and fitness led me to pursue yoga for its many benefits. I am certified in two teacher training programs: PURE yoga at Equinox, which included a variety of styles including Iyengar, Anusara, and Jivamukti, and Avalon Art and Yoga Center, which specializes in yoga therapy. I draw on many styles of yoga, combining choreographed flow sequences with proper alignment to make yoga accessible yet challenging. My sequences are well-rounded, with a focus on safety, joining movement with breath, and having fun.

I passionately believe in yoga's ability to make the mind, body, and spirit healthy, and I love to share my love for yoga. I hope to see you in class sometime!
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of South Carolina
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Apparently, they can take a reservation, but they can't keep one. I made a reservation 3-4 weeks before my trip. I was guaranteed for a late arrival. When I arrived at midnight, I was told that I had been "bumped" to the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, a dumpier hotel that was further away from my meetings. The hotel management was apologetic but only offered free breakfast, late checkout, and cabfare to the Crowne Plaza as a consolation -- all things I was supposed to have anyway through my AmEx Platinum reservation. It was terribly disappointing. The one consolation is that, after some complaining the next day, the manager did redeem themselves by compensating me for the hassle. But I would be hard pressed to justify an attempt at another stay there after this experience.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great view from the room, but aside from that, nothing particularly spectacular stands out about this hotel. The bed was too soft; my husband and I had trouble sleeping on it, so both nights of sleep were fitful. That alone makes me inclined to give it a max rating of 3 stars!!! At breakfast, our waiter came back 40 minutes after taking our order and cited a "computer problem" as the reason why we didn't get our food (never mind the fact that all the other diners around us were getting their meals). He tried to make it up to us by bringing two scones per person and fruit salad for each of us. We told him it was too much food and sent it back. We really just wanted our breakfast. Next time we go to Chicago, we'll stay at the Peninsula or the Park Hyatt.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This hotel is among the best when it comes to customer experience and design. The hotel itself was originally a bank, built in 1901. It then became a music school and was rennovated (by architect Piero Lissoni) just last year to become this amazing hotel. The courtyard is closed off by glass so there is an interesting indoor-outdoor connection. Every design detail was thoughtfully planned, from the room numbers carved into the granite thresholds to the contrast of modern and old architecture. We were greeted by a "Host" who served us apple-mango juice upon check-in. Our room came stocked with fruit, 9 chocolate truffles, and hand wash and lotion from L'Occitane. The room features radiant heat in the bathroom and state of the art entertainment systems. The Brasserie is a restaurant that attracts hotel guests and locals alike. We enjoyed the halibut and sole entrees and were extremely pleased. The hotel breakfast, which is complimentary with the room, is delicious, with a variety of traditional European-style breakfast meats, cheeses, and fruit, and made-to-order hot breakfast items. The hotel has an enormous gym in the basement, spa with an extensive menu of types of massages offered, and a yoga room and a meditation room. With the weather below freezing and us getting sick, we opted to stay in for most of the day and enjoy the delightful hotel experience. Loved this place and will definitely come back!
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Food was great, service was slow. We each ordered something different, and everyone raved about their food. Having grown up in the south, I have eaten a lot of fried chicken, and CreoLa's fried chicken is among the better finds in the Bay Area in California. The fried okra and hush puppy appetizers were good too -- not too oily, perfectly fried with fresh oil. For dessert, we tried the beignets which were also satisfying. My only complaint, aside from the service being very slow, is the decor/ambiance. The restaurant needs a makeover, as it is clearly old and old-fashioned. It feels gross to have carpet in a restaurant.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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This is not an honest business. I held all my insurance policies with them and cancelled all of them last year. Unbeknownst to me, they continued to draw premiums from my account, claiming I still had a life insurance policy. Since I requested the cancellation by phone, the agency claims they have no record of my cancellation *even though all the other policies were cancelled*. Since reconfirming my cancellation of the policy in writing via postal mail AND email, I continue to receive invoices for premiums for a policy I no longer hold. Repeated attempts to reclaim my money and have confirmation that my policy has been cancelled have been ignored. Do not do business with this agent.
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Joanie's is a favorite neighborhood destination. It's a great place to go for a basic bacon and eggs breakfast, but they also have terrific breakfast specials, omelets and scrambles, and oatmeal. If you have the choice between toast or muffin, try the muffin, they are delicious, baked daily with fresh fruit. Yum!
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This place is worth the trek across town. I came here twice during a recent stay while visiting from California. I sought out this studio because of Elena's reputation as a powerful and inspiring teacher. Elena is *amazing*. She has a great calming presence and energy and brings that to the studio. As a result, the studio attracts a very nice crowd and I could tell there is a strong community amongst the folks that come to this place. If you come to her class, make sure you come early as her class gets packed no matter what time of day it is. The studio itself is clean; the staff members are friendly. Don't expect the kinds of assists or music you might get in a Jivamukti class, nor is it going to require the physical strength power yoga classes require; these classes are of a different breed. The sequences are thoughtful, with a strong physical and spiritual intention. I left each class I took feeling better than when I came in, mentally, spiritually, and physically. And isn't that what yoga is all about...?
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