Team

We bring people together through conversation. What we believe.

Our team combines deep experience in building machine learning products that make a practical difference in people’s lives. We’ve worked with Google, Microsoft, Nike, GlaxoSmithKline, AGL Energy, Change Healthcare and others. Some of us worked in national security, from developing collaboration technology to healthcare innovations to deploying some of the first effective machine learning onto submarines. We’re all also members of The Data Guild, a mission-oriented product studio based in San Francisco and bring a passion for building solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

David Gutelius
David Gutelius

CEO

A serial entrepreneur, David was Chief Social Scientist at Jive Software and CEO of Proximal Labs, a machine learning startup that personalized information in enterprise social networks. Previously he was a member of SRI International’s Artificial Intelligence Center, Product Manager for the largest machine learning project in DARPA’s history (Siri, Social Kinetics, and other spinouts). He co-founded The Data Guild and is an active early stage investor. He taught at Stanford University, and holds a PhD in Economic History from Johns Hopkins University.

Paul Lam
Paul Lam

VP Engineering

Paul is a dangerous combination of software engineer and entrepreneur specializing in scaling social enterprise operations. One of his current projects is developing a micro-farming management mobile app for a Danish agriculture school in Mozambique to help the locals build sustainable micro-farming businesses. Previously, Paul was a lead engineer at a Y Combinator startup, a co-founder and CTO of Spokepoint, and a data scientist at uSwitch UK. He holds a M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto and a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo.

Matt Hill
Matt Hill

VP Product

Matt is a software architect and engineer with extensive experience designing, building, and maintaining data products with a focus on interaction and visualization. He has been principal architect on numerous large-scale systems, including advanced analytics & reporting tools, a real-time product recommendation engine, and a Computerized Maintenance Management System designed to reduce building operation costs and energy use. Matt’s B.S. in Computer Science is from Washington University, with a focus on graphics and visualization.

Jami Wissman
Jami Heckel

Software Engineer

Jami is a multi-talented engineer working to bring the Motiva AI user experience to life. As an undergrad at Principia College, she worked to establish a brand new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  You should also ask her about dance. Jami’s  B.S. in Computer Science is from Principia.

Jong-Won Choi

Software Engineer

With more than 25 years of commercial experience in the software industry, including Motorola, Accenture, Atlassian, and 3+ startups. He is a Lisp programmer with Common Lisp and Clojure experience as well as all different kinds of programming languages and systems. He’s a cyclist, a novice motorcyclist and wannabe monohull sailor. Using them all, he hopes to travel the whole world someday.

Chaow Wu
Chaow Wu

Data Engineer

Chaow did his undergrad in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. From his experience, he is passionate about building robust systems coupled with novel algorithms to create working products geared towards a creating better world. His favorite sport is snowboarding, which he has practiced for 9 years. Artistically, he is a pianist with over 13 years of experience and is open to music project collaborations!

Frank Flavell
Frank Flavell

Customer Success – Data Science

With a background in education, management consulting and data science, Frank has built a career out of making professionals more confident, workplaces more supportive and companies more profitable.  He specializes in building and enabling teams, setting up data-driven processes and training professionals in how to deliver the right customer value to succeed. Antioch College prior to its denouement, B.A. Principia college.

Scott Gutelius
Scott Gutelius

Support Engineer

Scott has worked the front lines of tech support as a Senior Advisor at Apple, helped fine-tune the search algorithm for Google prior to the Panda update, and enjoys chaos-monkeying software platforms. He’s also a B2B marketing copywriter, was once a tour guide in Key West, and has co-written four irreverent travel/history books. It’s what you do with a degree in Philosophy.

Beau Cronin
Beau Cronin

Advisor

Beau is a product-focused technologist on loan from The Data Guild who loves to take a systems approach to identifying and solving problems. After undergraduate computer science training at UC Berkeley, he obtained his PhD in computational neuroscience from MIT in 2008. He went on to co-found two machine learning companies with fellow grad students, the second of which, Prior Knowledge, was acquired by Salesforce in 2012. At the Guild, Beau works to bring diverse teams and skillsets to bear on messy, complex problems. Beau lives in Berkeley, CA with his partner and their two daughters.

Karim Jina
Karim Jina

Head of Strategic Services

An original member of the Eloqua professional services team and co-founder of Tegrita, Karim joins Motiva with 15 years of marketing automation experience. He has led more than 300 SMB and Enterprise client engagements including implementations, integrations, migrations and marketing strategy projects. Karim loves helping clients maximize ROI on MarTech investments through goal-driven, scalable, and flexible solutions. Karim has a M.S. from Waterloo.

Charlie O'Hanlon
Charlie O'Hanlon

Director of Sales

Charlie is a father, husband, mentor, and Motiva AI’s Director of Sales. Passionate about startups and helping enterprise clients succeed, but also football (the type the rest of the world thinks of as “football). He believes that being transparent and vulnerable are the fastest ways to build trust and lay the foundation for long-term relationships.

Jesse Nobbe
Jesse Nobbe

Marketing Automation Specialist

Jesse has over a decade of experience coding, configuring, and consulting on solutions for marketing automation needs. He’s worked on a variety of projects from complex nurture campaigns to privacy law compliance and everything in between. Jesse has worked with a multitude of industries and every size of business. Jesse holds a BFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Cameron Turner
Cameron Turner

Advisor

Cameron has an extensive background in applied machine learning, software management, venture investing, digital finance, and industrial AI systems. Through the Data Guild, his recent projects include mobile financial retention research in sub-Saharan Africa for The Gates Foundation and the fraud ranking system for Starbucks. He serves on the External Technology Advisory Board for Accenture with other Data Guilders. Cameron holds a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Oxford University and MS in Statistics from Stanford.

Chris France
Chris France

UX Engineer

Chris is a strategist with a background in product development on loan from The Data Guild, user experience research and interaction design. His work has focused on social issues such as healthcare, religious conflict, homelessness, city planning, election monitoring, urban violence, renewable energy and food security.

John Rizzo
John Rizzo

Advisor

John brings more than 35 years of experience helping to guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. President and COO of Deem, John led a reinvention of business travel through technology and next-generation customer experience. He has held executive leadership positions at Intel, Apple, Oracle, SolarWinds, Jive, and Zeebo and serves as advisor to StartX and a number of sector-leading startups in the Silicon Valley and beyond.

Sandra Miley
Sandra Miley

Advisor

One of the most accomplished and sought-after marketing leaders in Silicon Valley, Sandra has a long track record of marketing innovation.  Sandra has led teams at Brocade, Vocera, and Zymergen and serves as a board member at the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley and interim CEO of the United Way of Silicon Valley.

Devan Batavia
Devan Batavia

Advisor

Devan has had the good fortune of wearing many hats in his startup life from business development, to product management to sales. For the last 10+ years, he’s built and led go-to-market teams for 3 organizations, one of which went public (Jive, valued at $1B+), the other acquired by Intuit, and most recently at TripActions (a private company now valued at $4B+). Building startups has fed his ambitions for years, and he’s at Enjoy The Work Advisors so that he could impact not just one startup, but rather a portfolio of them across the globe.

Chris Diehl
Chris Diehl

Founder/Chief Scientist

Chris co-founded The Data Guild with Dave and has led product development with a wide variety of clients, including Google ATAP, C3 Energy, and others. As the principal data scientist at Jive Software, Chris focused on designing and developing advanced analytics for enterprise social collaboration. Prior to Jive, Chris spent over ten years as a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Roxy

Roxy is in charge of calisthenics, levity, cuteness, and ensuring that her toys are never where you expect them to be.