I currently serve as the Chief Technology Officer of Aira, an innovative startup founded in 2015 with a goal to bridge the information gap for those with vision loss. My career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most recognized technology companies, including Intuit and Blizzard Entertainment, where I am credited in franchises such as the incredibly successful World of Warcraft. I joined Aira in December of 2015 and lead product development efforts across hardware, software, and AI for Aira’s ever-growing community of Explorers. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.
I have held a number of product and technology roles across several companies, large and small.
Aira - CTO & Head of Product
Aira offers an innovative service that is designed to help blind and low-vision users gain independence. The product provides personalized assistance from a network of certified agents, including family, friends, and volunteers. Our agents use a real-time interactive cloud-based dashboard purpose-built to process live data streams from cameras, GPS, and other sensor systems from wearable platforms.
I lead the design and manufacturing of Aira’s Horizon glasses, which were recently named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions
Blizzard - Senior Software Engineer
I was part of the game services group to implement chat, match making, game licensing, authentication, fraud detection, and more across Blizzard’s gaming ecosystem.
While at Blizzard, Austin was credited in several games, including Overwatch
Common Form - Co-Founder & Head of Product
I was a co-founder of Common Form, a Techstars company, let’s you do your taxes in 5 minutes from your pc, tablet, or mobile device. We became an IRS authorized e-file provider on February 13, 2014 and filed our first customer’s tax return on February 18th, exactly 100 days after founding the company.
Intuit TurboTax - Staff Software Engineer
I lead a number of project teams across Intuit’s flagship TurboTax organization.
Some of my recent speaking engagements.
I have a variety of interests including biking, traveling, and taking care of my chow chow, Bobo.
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