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Unreasonable at Sea Mentor

Megan Smith

Megan oversees teams that manage early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing working closely with Google’s engineering and product teams globally. Recently, Megan led the Google.org team transition to add and expand engineering based projects like Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Earth Engine in addition to Google’s more traditional corporate giving.

Previously, Megan was the CEO and, earlier, COO of PlanetOut. Under her leadership, PlanetOut grew tenfold in reach and revenue. Prior to that, Megan was at General Magic for six years working on handheld communications products and partnerships. She also worked in multimedia at Apple Japan in Tokyo.

Over the years, Megan has contributed to a wide range of engineering projects, such as designing an award-winning bicycle lock; working on a space station construction research project; and running a field-research study on solar cookstoves in South America. She was also a member of the MIT-Solectria student team that designed, built, and raced a solar car in the first cross-continental solar car race. She was selected as one of the 100 World Economic Forum technology pioneers for 2001 and 2002.

Megan holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she now serves on the board. She completed her master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.