Astro Teller

CEO of Moonshot for Google X. Author, entrepreneur, business leader, intelligent technology expert.

Astro Teller is an entrepreneur and scientist, with expertise in the field of intelligent technology.

As a keynote speaker, Astro frequently presents talks for national and international technology organisations, government, and business forums on innovation and the future of intelligent technology.

Videos of Astro Teller

Technology with a Purpose: GOALKEEPERS | GatesFoundation | 2017
10 Things You Can Count On Being True In the Future | TEDxLosAltosHigh | 2017
The unexpected benefit of celebrating failure | TEDTalks | 2016

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About Astro Teller


As "Captain of Moonshots" for X, Astro Teller oversees the secret projects that could reshape our lives in coming decades.

Astro is also the co-founder and a current Director of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, a hedge fund management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Astro was also the co-founder and CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company that was sold to Jawbone in 2013.


From 2007 to 2010, Astro was the founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital. From 1999 to 2007, Dr Teller was the founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc. From 2003 to 2010, Astro was a co-founder and Chairman of Zivio Technologies, an intellectual property holding company. 

Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr Teller was the co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Sandbox Advanced Development, an advanced development technology company. Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford’s Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated.

As a respected scientist and seasoned entrepreneur, Teller has successfully created and grown five companies and holds numerous U.S. patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Dr Teller’s work in science, literature, art, and business has appeared in international media from the New York Times to CNN to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Speaking and presenting

As a keynote speaker, Teller regularly gives invited talks for national and international technology, government, and business forums on the subjects of innovation and the future of intelligent technology.


Astro is the author of "Exegesis" which has received wide acclaim and has been published in many other languages worldwide.

He has published subsequent books including "Among These Savage Thoughts" and "Sacred Cows". This third book is a non-fiction work co-authored with his wife, Danielle Teller, reflects about our society’s confusions about marriage and divorce.

Astro holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation, also from Stanford University, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hertz fellowship.

Speaking Topics

  • Future of AI
  • Robotics
  • Building a Moonshot Factory
  • Getting Started On a Big Idea
  • How to Drive Innovation inside Organisations


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