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Carnegie Mellon University, MS 2005
Entertainment Technology
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA 2003
Fine Arts and Multi-Media Production

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Product Line Manager, Cloud Platform and Services

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Sim Ops

Shanna Tellerman

Shanna is a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Her career has focused on the intersection between design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D technology platforms.

Shanna was the founder and CEO of of Sim Ops Studios (Wild Pockets), a spin-off from Carnegie Mellon University that focused on democratizing 3D game development. Sim Ops was acquired by Autodesk in 2010, and Shanna worked there as a product line manager responsible for launching the cloud platform and Autodesk 360 applications.

In 2009 she was named one of BusinessWeek’s best young entrepreneurs, and in 2012 she was featured in the book “Creating Innovators” by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner.

Shanna has over seven years of experience working in the video game and emerging serious games industry with a focus on breaking down the barriers for creative development in 3D environments.

Graduating with a Masters degree in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2005, she was hired by the University to continue development and to investigate commercialization opportunities for the technology that formed the foundation of Sim Ops Studios.

In 2004, Ms. Tellerman had the opportunity to work for Electronic Arts on The Sims 2, the sequel to the best-selling PC game ever. She has also researched and co-authored the paper titled Emergent Stories in Massively Multiplayer Online Games: Using Improvisational Techniques to Design for Emotional Impact, (International Conference on Entertainment Computing, 2004).

She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Minor in Multi-Media Production from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003.

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