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Oliver Hurst-Hiller Biography

Oliver is responsible for the technology and user experience that power DonorsChoose.org's unique philanthropic marketplace. During his tenure, the org has gathered $400MM+ in donations from 2M+ donors to help 17M+ students. Teachers at more than 70% of America's public schools have posted projects on the site. Fast Company named DonorsChoose.org one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies.

Prior to joining the team in 2006, Oliver managed product-engineering projects for Microsoft's new search engine, now called Bing. He also helped start Microsoft Live Labs, an applied research laboratory for Internet technologies, and is the co-inventor of 23 issued U.S. patents related to Internet search technologies. Oliver joined Microsoft when the Windows division acquired EQuill, a venture-backed startup that he co-founded and led for three years as CEO.

In 2011, the Microsoft Alumni Foundation honored Oliver with the Integral Fellows Award. He is the Chair of CTOs For Good and on the Advisory Council on Computing & Information Technology for Brown University. Oliver has a Computer Science degree from Brown and spent the first 13 years of his academic career attending New York City public schools.