“Our new Geek of the Week, Oren Etzioni, is a computer scientist and serial entrepreneur who has a knack for building businesses based on complex algorithms that help people make decisions. If you’ve used the price prediction engine in Microsoft Bing Travel, you’re familiar with his work. Etzioni was the founder of Farecast, which Microsoft acquired to form the basis for that service.
“The University of Washington computer science professor and Madrona Venture Group venture partner is currently the co-founder and CTO of Decide, which applies similar principles to consumer electronics prices. It’s latest in a long list of technology startups and computer science projects in which he has played a pivotal role over the years.”
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Previous UW CSE “Geeks of the Week” include Lauren Bricker, Yaw Anokwa, Wendy Chisholm, and Marty Stepp. UW CSE GeekWire “Newsmakers of 2011” include Steve Yegge, Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, and Daniil Kulchenko. Featured in the GeekWire 2012 calendar as “Geeks Who Give Back” are Helene Martin and Kevin Ross. Gotta love those GeekWire guys!