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School of Computing Alumni Visit

We are delighted to announce that Leeds alumnus Dr Dan Crow, chief technology officer at Songkick and a founding member of the Tech London Advocates group, will visit the School of Computing on Thursday 7th November to give a guest lecture to staff and students.

‘The accidental entrepreneur: from Leeds to Silicon Valley and back again’

In 1989, I graduated from Leeds with a degree in Computer Science. In 1993, I graduated from Leeds again. I thought I wanted to be an academic. How wrong I was.

During my lecture I’ll tell you about my adventures in Silicon Valley, New York and now London’s Silicon Roundabout. There will be tales of the people I’ve met along the way, including Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Vint Cerf; and tales of companies I’ve worked at, including Blurb, Songkick, Apple and Google. After six startups, I’ve learned a lot about starting, building and running tech companies, and I’ll share some of the lessons with you.

Find out where a Leeds education can take you and why you too might want to become an accidental entrepreneur.

Date: 7 November 2013
Time: 4pm-5pm
Location: Michael Sadler RBLT (LG.X04)

‘Entrepreneurship in the Technology Sector’

This open discussion with staff and students will be held immediately after the guest lecture and will be moderated by the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor David Hogg.

Date: 7 November 2013
Time: 5.15pm - 6.30pm
Location: Long Room, School of Computing, Level 9, EC Stoner Building.
Refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Crow’s guest lecture and open discussion are open to all staff and students from the University of Leeds.

Biography - Dr Dan Crow

Dr Dan Crow holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Leeds. After working as a researcher at the Open University, he joined a small startup in Chipping Campden. In 1996 he joined Apple and moved to California. After four years working on QuickTime, HyperCard and the JavaVM he left to join Verb, a San Francisco startup. Over the next six years he went through a series of startups, culminating in co-founding Blurb, the company that lets you publish your own books.

In 2006, Dan moved to New York and joined Google, working on search infrastructure. He ran their crawler team and founded Google Squared, Google’s first semantic search engine and the core of Knowledge Graph. In 2009, he moved to the London office where he led teams working on AdWords and then Android.

In 2010, Dan went back into startups, joining Songkick as CTO. He is a founding member of Tech London Advocates, regularly consults with MPs on entrepreneurship and is an advisor to several startups.