Venkatesh Rao is a Seattle–based writer and consultant. He is the founder of the Ribbonfarm blog and the Breaking Smart technology analysis site, and the author of Tempo, a book on decision-making. He holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (2003) from the University of Michigan. Between 2004 and 2006, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University, working on command and control systems. From 2006 to 2011 he was a senior researcher at the Xerox Research Center, Webster. He has been an independent management consultant and writer since 2011.