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Purdue University, BS
Industrial Engineering
Columbia University, MBA

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David Liu

David Liu is the chief operating officer of Knewton, an online adaptive learning platform company.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President of AOL, Inc., overseeing AIM, ICQ, Bebo, Goowy Media and Socialthing products as GM of People Networks and subsquently head of AOL Global Messaging. David and his teams created platforms based on communications and social media delivered through desktop clients, mobile and web products for users worldwide.

David was responsible for all aspects of product management, design, engineering and business development for the Global Messaging business unit. In the past two years, David led the company’s efforts to completely open up the AIM platform and application, re-grow AIM and ICQ’s reach and engagement, rebuild Bebo’s product and US reach, re-conceptualize and launch a new AIM product globally, launch a new real-time social communication platform called the Lifestream, as well as played a lead role in acquiring and integrating Goowy Media and Socialthing companies.

David first joined AOL to work in the Business Development group, leading the structuring and execution of several strategic transactions, including creating the world’s first online rewards program. He then moved to the operating side of the business and led AOL’s earliest development of the portal as an internal start-up in 2004, as well as played a key role in shaping AOL’s web audience business model in 2006. David launched and led the growth of the portal to a top 3 US portal by 2007. He also relaunched the AOL Toolbar and led its growth to a top 3 US toolbar by 2007.

Prior to joining AOL, David worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney advising Fortune 500 companies in the consumer products, aerospace and automotive sectors on product development strategies, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management execution. David received his Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
ChatID 1/2012Seed$2M16
Blockboard 5/2010Seed$1M8
SimpleGeo 11/2009Debt$195k6



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