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Amit Mital

Amit Mital

CEO

Amit Mital is an active investor in several startups in the Bay Area and in Seattle, as well as a mentor and advisor to entrepreneurs. As a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and Chief Technology Officer at Symantec, Amit established a history of building world-class teams, driving disruptive innovation, and delivering business results. Amit has a passion for scenarios that leverage Big Data and Machine Learning technologies.

Adam Kirk

Adam Kirk

VP of Engineering

Adam Kirk earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California-Berkeley, where his research focus was Computer Graphics and Computer Vision. Prior to focusing on startups, Adam held a position in the Advanced Technology Group at Adobe Systems and he was a Principal Development Lead at Microsoft focused on new product development.

Hartley Riedner

Hartley Riedner

VP of Operations & Innovation

Hartley Riedner has eight years of experience working with startups and new ventures in San Francisco and Seattle in marketing, project management, and business development roles. Hartley holds an MBA from the University of Washington, with a focus on venture capital and entrepreneurship.

Victor Medina

Victor Medina

Technologist in Residence

Victor Medina is a technology expert who enjoys solving challenging problems. He has spent the past 8 years leading development efforts for several Seattle-based startups, and has a track record of success in delivering compelling and innovative products. Victor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina Central, and has focused his professional career in Search, Data Mining, and Predictive Analytics.

Dennis Meng

Dennis Meng

Lead Data Scientist

De Meng heads data science efforts at the Kernel Labs. He is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Washington. He has expertise in in large-scale distributed algorithms, optimization theory and applications, statistical learning, and network science. He has worked with industry labs and product teams including Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, IBM Research and Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. He holds a Master degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Optimization and Machine Learning from the University of Washington.

Paul Maritz

Paul Maritz

Board Member

From 1986 to 2000 Paul Maritz worked at Microsoft, becoming Executive Vice President and part of the 5-person executive management team. Bill Gates once noted that “Paul’s vision and technological insight has had a major impact not only on Microsoft but on the entire computer industry.” Maritz has since served as Chief Strategist of EMC and CEO of VMware. He is Chairman of the Board of the Grameen Foundation.

Peter Neupert

Peter Neupert

Board Member