Oliver Hurst-Hiller is the CTO & Head of Product at DonorsChoose. He is responsible for the technology and user experience that power DonorsChoose's unique philanthropic marketplace. During his tenure, the organization has gathered $675MM+ in donations from 3M+ donors to help 27M+ students. Teachers from over 78% of America's public schools have posted projects on the site. Fast Company named DonorsChoose.org one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies.
Prior to joining the team in 2006, Hurst-Hiller managed product engineering projects for Microsoft's new search engine, now called Bing. He also helped start Microsoft Live Labs, an applied research laboratory for Internet technologies, and is the co-inventor of 23 issued U.S. patents related to Internet search technologies. Hurst-Hiller joined Microsoft when the Windows division acquired EQuill, a venture-backed startup that he co-founded and led for three years as CEO.
Hurst-Hiller is the Co-Chair of CTOs For Good and Co-Chair of the San Francisco CTO Club. He has a Computer Science degree from Brown University and serves on its Advisory Council on Computing & Information Technology. In 2011, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation honored Oliver with the Integral Fellows Award.