Megan is the former Chief Technology Officer for the United States. Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. Smith served as a Vice President at Google[x], where she worked on a range of projects and co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative.
She was the VP of New Business Development at Google, where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years prior. She also led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa and served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition. Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender online community, and helped design early smartphone technologies at General Magic. She also worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
Megan is currently the founder and CEO of Shift 7, a social tech company that focuses on using innovation and inclusion to collaborate and solve local, national, and global challenges.