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Throughout the course of his twenty-five year technology business career, including twelve years at Amazon.com, Ian Freed has always found time to advise and consult to businesses and nonprofits focused on technology and innovation. He is also an investor in technology startups. Since 2017, Ian has mentored pre-college students and young professionals in the technology industry.  

While launching Bamboo Learning with co-founder Irina Fine, Ian has continued to assist TAF -- a Seattle nonprofit -- to implement the Teacher Scientist Partnership (TSP) program to recruit technology industry volunteers to supplement computer science education for students from under-represented minorities, as well as train Grade 6-12 teachers in Greater Seattle.

At Amazon, Ian was a Vice President, and he served as Technology Adviser to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos from 2004-2005. He led the Amazon Kindle business including business strategy, product development, business development, and marketing from 2006 until 2010. Additionally, Ian led the Amazon Echo/Alexa business from inception in 2011 through first product release in 2015. From 2016-2017, Ian led consumer services including Amazon Restaurants - a one-hour food delivery service from local restaurants in 25 cities.

Prior to Amazon, Ian served as Vice President at RealNetworks, and founder and President of Ian Freed Consulting.  Ian holds 24 U.S. patents in computer hardware, software, services and Internet technology.

Ian received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1990, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1985.




Irina Fine is a thirty-year veteran of curriculum development and teaching, having worked in public and private sector education in New York, Washington, DC, London, and Moscow.

Irina has been integral to multiple curriculum development projects in child literacy, music theory and performance, and linguistics, including a multi-year McGraw-Hill project linking assessment and instruction. She has extensive expertise in organizational and business strategy, having advised multiple clients in the field of technology as part of McKinsey & Company’s teams in London and New York.

Irina holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from the Arkhangelsk School of Music in Russia. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum Development from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and was part of a post-graduate program in Comparative Education at New York University.