MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur and adventurer, Krisztina “Z” Holly is the host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast and Founder & Chief Instigator of LA Mayor Garcetti’s MAKE IT IN LA initiative. Z is best known for curating and hosting the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) in 2009 and founding two innovation centers at MIT and USC. She has an instinct for finding and amplifying undiscovered talent and ideas, whether it’s helping dozens of faculty spin out new venture-backed startups or curating dozens of speakers whose talks have garnered 12 million views online, ten of which have appeared on TED.com.
Early on, Z has played key roles at tech startups, such as Stylus innovation (acquired by Artisoft), Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves), and Jeeves Solutions (acquired by Kanisa). She has been advisor to nearly two dozen companies and organizations, including Good Growth Capital, the River LA, World Economic Forum, and the Obama administration. She is an avid traveler, backcountry skier, and mountain biker. Z has two engineering degrees from MIT and currently lives and plays in Los Angeles.