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, Proteus Digital Health, GSK, AGL Energy, Ericsson, Amdocs and others. Some of us worked in national security, from developing collaboration technology to counterterrorism to deploying some of the first effective ML 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.
A serial entrepreneur, Dave was Chief Social Scientist at Jive Software (JIVE) and CEO of Proximal Labs, a machine learning startup that personalized information in enterprise social networks. Prior to Proximal, and was co-founder and CTO at Social Kinetics, an AI spin-out from SRI International. Previously he was a member of SRI’s storied Artificial Intelligence Center, Product Manager for the largest machine learning project in the U.S. Government’s history (DARPA’s PAL program). He co-founded The Data Guild and is an active early stage investor and an advisor to GE Ventures, Accenture Technology Labs, and the World Economic Forum. He taught at Stanford University, and holds a PhD in Economic History from Johns Hopkins University.
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. Chris has extensive experience defining and developing analytics for a variety of sensemaking and prediction tasks. 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. There he defined and developed machine learning approaches to address a variety of inference challenges across the national security community. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
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 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 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.
Sr Software Engineer
Jon is a full stack engineering artist with a passion – yes, passion – for elegant infrastructure. Canadian of UK origin. Programmer, musician, husband and parent of artists. Serial immigrant.
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 has 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.
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.
Chloe is in charge of napping, cats, snacks, and morale.