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Oren Etzioni

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Oren Etzioni is a Venture Partner with Madrona and founder of Decide (acquired by eBay), Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), and Netbot (acquired by Excite). He chairs Madrona's Technology Advisory Board and is the Executive Director of AI2, the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence.  Prior to helping launch AI2 in 2013, Dr. Etzioni was a Professor at the University of Washington's Department of Computer Science & Engineering for 22 years. He is the author of more than 100 academic papers on topics including Web search, data mining, agent technology, and various aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He was also the Chief Technology Officer and board member of Go2Net Inc. (acquired by InfoSpace) from 1999 - 2000. He received the NSF Young Investigator Award, was chosen to be an AAAI Fellow, and in 2007 received the Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award for "long-standing technical and entrepreneurial contributions to Artificial Intelligence".

At Netbot, Dr. Etzioni helped to conceive and design the web's first major comparison-shopping agent. In 1995, he and his student Erik Selberg developed MetaCrawler, the Web's premier Meta-search engine for several years. He also is a co-founder of Clearforest (acquired by Reuters).

He received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University, and his MS and Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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