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Sean Gourley

TED Fellow and Founder of Quid
I’m originally from New Zealand and am now based in San Francisco where I split my time between Mathematical research and my venture backed startup Quid which I co-founded in 2009. I have a PhD in physics from Oxford where I studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. My academic research has taken me from Nanotechnology to Complex Systems and the Mathematics of War. As a result of my research I have acted as a political advisor to the Iraqi Government, briefed USCENTCOM at the Pentagon, addressed the United Nations in Vienna and dodged military checkpoints in Iraq. Over the years I have spent too many hours at the running track in an attempt to hone my pole vault, hurdling and discus skills for the Decathlon. Prior to Quid I worked at NASA Ames in Mountain View, and a (very) brief stint as a consultant at BCG in Chicago. In my spare time I’m trying to improve my understanding of advanced string theory and contemplating a return to the simpler world of track and field.