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Donald Steiny

Donald Steiny

English Instructor

Northern California

Donald Steiny has experience as an investor, software engineer, academic, and educator. He has been a member of several angel groups and is co-founder of the Action Spot Startup Studio. As a software engineer, he led and worked on significant projects for Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, Bell Laboratories, and many other companies.

Donald has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.S. Magna Cum Laude in information systems from the University of Oulu, Finland. He also spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Stanford graduate school of sociology. He publishes in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to a highly regarded sociology book with Harrison White, a pioneer in modern social-network analysis.

Donald has taught more than a thousand classes at companies all over the world, including Mitsubishi Computer in Fujisawa, Japan, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, San Jose State University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oulu in subjects as diverse as Unix internals, English, and sociology. He is a certified English as a Foreign Language instructor.