Learnings from exiting my company for $5B, the story of Dr. Amr Awadallah

Sunday, July 24, 2022, 3:30 – 5:30 PM UTC

Our upcoming event is hosting Dr. Amr Awadallah, Dr. Amr is the CEO and Co-founder of ZIR AI, former VP of Developer Relations at Google Cloud, former Founder and CTO at Cloudera (exited for $5.3B), former VP of Engineering and Product Intelligence at Yahoo, and former Entrepreneur In Residence at Accel. Dr. Amr received his PhD from Stanford University.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Our upcoming event is hosting Dr. Amr Awadallah 🥳

Dr. Amr Awadallah is the CEO and co-founder of ZIR AI, a company that is revolutionizing how we seek meaning across all languages of the world using the latest advances in Neural Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval.

He previously served as VP of Developer Relations for Google Cloud. Prior to joining Google in Nov 2019, Amr co-founded Cloudera in 2008, and as Global CTO, he spent 11 years working closely with enterprises around the world on how to ingest and extract value from big data (he famously coined the concept of “schema-on-read vs. schema-on-write”).

He also served as vice president of product intelligence engineering at Yahoo! from 2000-2008. Amr joined Yahoo after they acquired his first startup, Aptivia, in mid-2000, a search engine for online product information. Amr received his Ph.D. in EE from Stanford University, and his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Cairo University, Egypt.

Join us this Sunday @ Zain Innovation Campus; the event will start at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to join us starting at 6:30. Here are the directions.

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Check out what happened


  • Amr Awadallah

    ZIR AI

    CEO + Co-founder

  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind

    Country Manager


  • Mo Salah

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director


    Head of Communication

  • Moh'd Nour Shahen

    Head of Production

  • Dina Alnabulsi

    Chapter Co-director