About me

Photo of me, taken by Morgan Roderick in 2012 My name is Lea Verou (Lea being short for Michailia or Μιχαήλια) and I wear many hats. During the day, I’m busy researching how to make web programming easier at MIT CSAIL, working with David Karger in the Haystack group.

I have a long-standing passion for open web standards, and I am one of the few Invited Experts of the W3C CSS Working Group (the committee that designs and extends the CSS language) since 2012. In the past, I have also worked at W3C/MIT as a Developer Advocate.

I love sharing knowledge and have given over 100 invited talks at web design/web development conferences around the world. My talks are known for their interactive style and are often cited as one of the few examples of live coding that doesn’t suck.

I strongly believe in open source, and have started several popular open source projects and web applications, such as Mavo (which is also my research at MIT), Prism-prefix-free, Awesomplete, and many others.

I hold a MSc in Computer Science from MIT and a BSc in Computer Science from Athens University of Economics and Business. Despite my academic pursuits, I’m one of the few misfits who love code and design equally.

In the more distant past, I grew up in Greece, and started my career at the same time as my studies, in 2005. For the first few years I was freelancing for graphic design and web development projects, and in 2008 I co-founded a startup called Fresset Ltd there. It created and managed several popular Greek community websites. I left in 2011 and the company was sold in 2013. It’s still active under the new management.

You can email me at lea@verou.me (don’t copy/paste it) if you are so inclined, but please bear in mind I’m too busy to accept most client work and I’m not interested in a new job. I might however accept speaking engagements, under certain conditions or uncommon, super interesting projects. The rule of thumb is that if in doubt, it doesn’t hurt to ask. But please think twice before emailing me about anything requiring an extensive time commitment, even if the opportunity is “exciting”.

I also have a CV! It’s just as infrequently updated as other CVs, but here it is if you want it:
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