Srinija Srinivasan manages Yahoo! Inc.'s team of Surfers and is responsible for the design and maintenance of Yahoo!'s overall classification and organization scheme, the foundation stones of Yahoo's system. Before Yahoo!, she was involved with the Cyc Project, a ten year artificial intelligence effort to build an immense database of human commonsense knowledge, via two companies.
Srinivasan, a former Stanford student, was hired to be the "Ontological Yahoo!" by its founders, a pair of Stanford graduate students. Among her other professional and academic accomplishments, she has published research papers in journals including Government Information Quarterly and the Journal of Technology Transfer. She was named one of "The Net 50" by Newsweek (December 25, 1995) and chosen one of the "40 Under 40" by San Francisco Focus (July 1996), and has also appeared in Fortune (March 4, 1996), Wired (May 1996), and other magazines. She holds a B.S. with distinction from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems including course work in Japan, and is proficient in both written and spoken Japanese.