John Maeda is an American executive, designer, technologist and a product manager-in-training. He recently joined Automattic as Global Head of Computational Design + Inclusion, and previously served as Partner at Kleiner Perkins. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. Maeda’s work explores the area where business, design and technology merge—with his findings shared annually in the Design in Tech Report at SXSW. He serves on the Board of Directors for Sonos and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy. Maeda is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Google’s Advanced Technology + Projects Group. He facilitated the advancement of eBay’s design culture at scale—becoming a Stanford GSB case study on change management. Prior to his work in industry, Maeda was a tenured research professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and the 16th President of the RISD.