Lea Verou CV


I’m passionate about open web standards. I love researching new ways to use them, educating other developers about their advances and making open source tools to ease working with them. My work has repeatedly earned international acclaim in the front-end web development industry.

I’m currently writing an advanced CSS book for O’Reilly. In the past, I’ve worked at W3C/MIT on Developer Relations and Web education. I’m also among the five Invited Experts of the W3C CSS Working Group worldwide.

Work experience

  1. 2011–2012

    Independent open web evangelist, front-end engineer

    Speaking, writing, doing corporate training and workshops about open web standards. Occasionally freelancing.

  2. 2012–2013

    Developer Relations • W3C/MIT

    Educating web professionals about open web standards and facilitating community input for W3C specifications under development.

  3. 2008–2011

    Co-founder, lead web-developer & designer • Fresset Ltd

    Created the successful Greek community e-steki.gr, which regularly receives over 400,000 visits and 2,500,000 pageviews per month.


Speaker at some of the most prominent international web development conferences, including:

My talks get enthusiastic reviews, by both attendees and field experts. My “CSS3 secrets” talk was listed in .net magazine’s 15 best talks of 2011 and my “The humble border-radius” talk was shortlisted in The net awards 2014 as “Conference Talk of the Year”.

For more information, please refer to the “Speaking” section on my website.

Industry recognition

Judging & reviewing




I have written articles for some of the biggest industry media, including:

You can find a more complete list of my articles on my website.

Selected projects

  1. Jul 2012

    Prism: A beautiful, standards-compliant, extensible syntax highlighter

    23,000 unique visitors on its first day. WebMonkey devoted an entire new post to it. Used in big industry websites like A List Apart and Smashing Magazine as well as Brendan Eich’s (creator of JavaScript) blog

  2. Feb 2012

    The CSS3 Test: High coverage testsuite for the most stable CSS3 modules.

    50,000 unique visitors on its launch (first two days). CSS3.info and other popular media devoted an entire new post to it.

  3. Dec 2011

    dabblet: An interactive CSS playground that saves to Github gists.

    Dabblet’s release received enthusiastic feedback from the community, and was publicised by popular industry media like Wired.com’s WebMonkey, CSS-Tricks, Smashing Magazine and others. During its first month, it received more than 65,000 unique visitors, 15,000 of which during its first two days.

  4. Oct 2011

    Animatable: A community-curated collection of single-property transition effects.

  5. Oct 2011

    -prefix-free: A library that adds vendor prefixes to CSS using feature detection

    -prefix-free was featured in Smashing Magazine twice. Eric Meyer said about it “It’s fantastic, top-notch work! Thank you for creating and sharing it.”.

  6. Sep 2011

    cubic-bezier.com: Generating, storing and sharing bezier-based easing functions

  7. Sep 2011

    Chainvas: Tiny (1KB) general purpose chaining library

    “Lea, you're too damned good. I would never have thought to make a general-purpose chaining library.” —Tab Atkins

  8. Apr 2011

    CSS3 Patterns Gallery: Using CSS3 to generate background patterns

    My patterns gallery received lots of publicity. It was featured in Smashing Magazine multiple times and mentioned in conference talks by a number of industry leaders. It was used by Opera Software to fine-tune their CSS gradients implementation.

A lot more of my open source web applications, libraries and demos can be found in my Github account.

Technical skills

I have a broad understanding of the full Open Web Stack of technologies, including:

I also have experience with a wide range of programming languages and technologies, including PHP, SQL, Java and many more.


  1. 2011–Present

    Volunteer for Opera Software (Spectran) under NDA.

    Opera Spectrans focus on Opera’s support for the various W3C specifications.

  2. 2010–2012

    Teaching Assistant • AUEB

    Co-designed every aspect of the “Web Technologies and Programming” 4th year undergraduate course, including syllabus and coursework. Guest lectured the CSS parts. [Details]

  3. 2009–Present

    Contributed numerous CSS & JavaScript bug reports for Gecko, WebKit and Presto.

Academic distinctions

  1. 2010

    I was one of the 9 students (out of hundreds of applicants) that were selected by Hell.A.S. to attend courses at Stanford University for a week.

  2. 2000–2004

    Yearly distinctions in the Hellenic Mathematical Society contests, up to 2nd place nationally. Qualification to its premilinary contest for Balkan Mathematical Olympiad in 2004.


  1. 2014–2020 (Expected)

    Ph.D in Computer Science (Starting September 2014)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  2. 2007–2013

    B.Sc. in Computer Science (GPA: 8.4/10, top 3%)

    Thesis: Dabblet: A visual IDE for rapid prototyping of client-side web development, Advisor: Vasilis Vassalos

    Athens University of Economics and Business

  3. 2004–2006

    First 2 years of Diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Professional interests

Open web standards, user experience, UI design, web development education, front-end web development, API design, web accessibility, technical writing, graphic design, color theory, typography