Astro Teller, captain of Moonshots, X, currently oversees Alphabet's moonshot factory for building magical, audaciously impactful ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality. Before joining Google / Alphabet, Astro was co-founding CEO of Cerebellum Capital, Inc., an investment management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning. Teller also was co-founding CEO of BodyMedia, Inc., a leading developer of wearable, body-monitoring systems, and co-founder and CEO of SANDbOX AD, an advanced development technology incubator. He 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in symbolic and heuristic computation from Stanford,, and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the Hertz Fellowship. Though his work as a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Teller holds many U.S. and international patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. He also is a successful novelist and screenwriter.