Irene Au – Design is as important as technology

BY Martin Eriksson ON OCTOBER 24, 2014

Irene Au, operating partner at Khosla Ventures, led the user experience team at Google for six years and the user experience and design team at Yahoo! for eight years. In this talk she looks at how the different views of design at Google and Yahoo affected the companies.

What was it about Yahoo’s organisational structure and the way the company viewed design that made it end up as a house of brands? How long did it take Google to come up with it’s iconically simple, yet beautiful landing page? And can you guess the state of a company by looking at its design?

Martin Eriksson


Martin Eriksson

Martin Eriksson has 20+ years experience building world-class online products in both corporate and start-up environments for global brands such as Monster, Financial Times, Huddle, and Covestor. He is the Founder of ProductTank, the Co-Founder and Curator of Mind the Product, and an Executive in Residence at leading private equity and venture capital fund EQT. He is also the author of best-seller Product Leadership, How Top Product Leaders Launch Great Products and Build Successful Teams (O'Reilly, 2017).