David Liu

David is Knewton’s Chief Operating Officer. Knewton is developing the industry’s most powerful adaptive learning engine, customizing educational content to meet the needs of each student. Knewton was selected Technology Pioneer 2011 by the World Economic Forum.

David comes to Knewton with over 10 years of leadership experience in operational, business development, strategic planning, and start-up roles in consumer Internet and media. As Senior Vice President of AOL, Inc., David oversaw AIM, ICQ, and Lifestream as head of Global Messaging. David and his team created next-gen new media and communications platforms that serve close to 100 million users worldwide. He conceptualized, launched and led the growth of the AOL.com into a top 4 global web portal, conceptualized and launched Lifestream into one of the largest social aggregators of content on the Web, as well as relaunched the AOL Toolbar and led its growth to a top 3 toolbar application.

Prior to AOL, David served as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney advising Fortune 500 companies on corporate and operating strategy. He currently is a board director to PrecisionIR Group, board advisor to Assistly and other start-ups, and an angel investor in SimpleGeo and Blockchalk. David received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.