John Lee, Cloud and Sales Strategy Leader at Google, Joins Aira Advisory Board

Wesley Friesen
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2 min readJan 17, 2017

Google technology executive John Lee has been named to Aira’s Technical Advisory Board. John’s broad global expertise in both business and startup environments includes spearheading next-generation machine learning integration, go-to-market strategies, consumer analytics, and cloud applications.

“I joined Aira as a technical advisor because of how impressed I was at Aira’s human-centric mission to improve the lives of millions of blind and visually impaired people in such a tangible and life-changing way. In addition to the human aspect, I also saw a perfect opportunity for an application that can take full advantage of Google Cloud Platform’s commercially available roadmap such as Cloud Machine Learning, Cloud Vision & Natural Language, Maps, and other future-facing technologies that will quickly emerge and need to be leveraged appropriately. I am helping Aira enlarge and clarify their already compelling vision for how to improve the lives of visually impaired people all over the world. I believe that Aira is perfectly positioned to execute on this vision given its go to market strategy with both Human and Assisted AI solutions.”

At Google, John serves as Global Lead, Cloud Platform Sales Strategy, a position in which he and his team develops and implements strategic plans to take new Google technology to market worldwide, in addition to a focus on executing the company’s Cloud Data Platform strategy, including Machine Learning, Data & Analytics and petabyte scale storage for Enterprises.

“John brings broad experience in both entrepreneurial and technology startup settings,” says Troy Otillio, Aira Chief Operating Officer, “and his addition is both a timely and tremendous asset to our Technical Advisory Board as we work to integrate Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other emerging technologies to further enhance the quality and economies of scale of our service by growing our autonomous capabilities.”

In addition to Google, John’s prolific career also includes serving as Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Oculus360; Principal, Enterprise Sales at Amazon Web Services; and Vice President of Sales, U.S. Western Region, for Ascendant Technology (purchased by Avnet). He earned his MBA from the University of California, Irvine.