David Kelley, founder and chairman of IDEO, is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist. He is recognized as one of America’s leading design innovators. David founded IDEO in 1991. Today the firm helps the world’s best known brands identify opportunities for innovation and transform their businesses through design thinking. IDEO has won more design awards than any other firm of its kind.
At Stanford University, David serves as the Donald W. Whittier professor in the Product Design program and is the founder of the school’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the d.school. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has been elected into the National Academy of Engineering and won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.