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Gurjeet Singh

Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi's CEO and co-founder.

He developed algorithms for Topological Data Analysis (TDA) and their applications during his graduate work as a part of a DARPA funded research project at Stanford. This led to the creation of Ayasdi’s core technology and machine-learning algorithms. Gurjeet has published numerous academic papers in top mathematics journals and computer science conferences. Before he started Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments.

Gurjeet holds a B.Tech. from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son, and develops multi-legged robots in his spare time.

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Gunnar Carlsson

Gunnar Carlsson is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the world. He is Ayasdi’s President and a co-founder and has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Stanford, where he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1995 - 1998.

Over the past 35 years, Gunnar has taught at the University of Chicago, University of California, Princeton University, and since 1991, Gunnar has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, where he has been a thought leader in a branch of mathematics called topology, the study of shape. In the theoretical sense, topology has been around since the 1700s, but Gunnar pioneered the applied use of topology to solve complex real world problems starting in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, this work led to $10M in research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and DARPA to study the application of Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to problems of interest within the U.S. government. In 2008, based on the success of these efforts, Gunnar, along with two other Stanford mathematicians, co-founded Ayasdi.

Gunnar is married, has 3 grown boys including two sons who are mathematicians, and lives in Palo Alto.

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Gary Hagmueller

Gary Hagmueller is Ayasdi’s Chief Financial Officer and brings an extensive background in enterprise software, SaaS/Cloud technology and hyper-growth startups. Gary has raised over $200M, helped create over $7.5B in market value and is also a frequent presenter on financial best practices for emerging technology firms, SaaS/Cloud/E-Commerce metrics, fundraising & growth-company strategic planning.

Prior to Ayasdi, Gary was CFO of Zuora, Inc., the leading cloud subscription commerce, billing & finance platform, where he helped raise $40M, rebuilt the finance team and ran G&A plus a host of other functions. Previously, he was CFO of KnowNow (Kleiner-Perkins backed), COO of Vinfolio (acquired by Revolution Capital) and Senior Director of Finance for RouteScience Technologies (Benchmark/Sequoia backed; acquired by Avaya). Earlier, Gary was Director of Corporate Development for NorthPoint Communications where he helped drive a $6.5B IPO. His career began in business and corporate development for Verizon.

Gary holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he was named Sheth Fellow at the Center for Communications Management. He also holds a B.A. with honors in Business from Arizona State University.

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Shane Paladin

Shane Paladin is the Chief Revenue Officer at Ayasdi. He brings over 15 years of enterprise sales management, sales execution and management consulting experience.

Shane joined Ayasdi from SAP, an industry leading Analytics and Big Data platform company, where he held a number of leadership roles, including Vice President of Business Analytics & Technology, and Vice President of Sales in North America within the West Region specializing in Strategic Customers, Enterprise and Emerging customer segments. Prior to SAP, Shane was part of the founding team at FocusFrame, a technology management consulting firm where he led sales and delivery in North America, growing the business from $2M to $34M annually. His expertise was key in driving growth via channels with Mercury Interactive, HP, Siebel and SAP, growing the company from 5 consultants to over 200 consultants throughout his tenure.

Shane holds a B.A. in Business Administration, is an avid hiker, skier and in his spare time strives to master the artistry of Jimmy Page.

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Patrick Rogers

Patrick Rogers leads the marketing function at Ayasdi. He spearheads the effort to drive awareness and adoption of Ayasdi’s revolutionary approach to data analysis and insight discovery. His expertise lies in translating compelling, new technology into real-world business solutions, and scaling growth of new use cases that provide outstanding benefits to customers and their clients.

Patrick spent his career managing marketing and business development functions in high-growth businesses at NetApp, Scale8 and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, he was VP Solutions and Integrations at NetApp, focused on innovative new marketing and selling approaches, including FlexPod, a joint solution effort between NetApp and Cisco that reached a market-leading position in virtualized, converged infrastructure. Previously, he led the product, alliance and solution marketing function at NetApp during the period when the company grew from $1B to $5B in revenues. He also led the HP9000 Unix/RISC Server marketing function at HP during the period the business reached $3B in annual revenues.

Patrick holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.S. and B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Noah Horton

Noah Horton is Ayasdi’s Chief Product Officer and guides the development of the company’s award-winning suite of products.

Noah joined Ayasdi from Oracle where he served as the Head of Product Management for Oracle Cloud. At Oracle Cloud, Noah drove the strategy to transition Oracle’s $9bn+ middleware and hardware businesses from on-site to the cloud. Noah came to Oracle through the acquisition of Involver, a social media management software company where he was a founder and served as the company’s CTO, overseeing engineering, product and field-enablement. During his tenure at Involver, he was named a Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by Inc.com. Noah has filed more than 25 patents and published articles on development techniques in widely read publications, including the Java Developer’s Journal.

Noah began his career at Hewlett-Packard and worked for Sun Microsystems before joining Microsoft where he served as a Developer Evangelist for its Fortune 500 accounts. He served as the Program Manager for P2P protocols in Windows, and a member of the 9-person Networking Architecture Committee, which was charged with setting the technical direction of Microsoft's entire Networking division. His leadership at Microsoft earned him a Gold Star Award.

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Harlan Sexton

Harlan Sexton is a co-founder of Ayasdi and VP of the Research team whose main effort is to make Topological Data Analysis faster and more scalable.

In 2004, after more than 20 years in applied research and software development, he joined Gunnar Carlsson to work on the DARPA TDA project to apply topology to real world problems. Before this, Harlan spent a decade at Oracle where he was part of the five-person team that implemented a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) for the Oracle RDBMS. One of the innovations in the Oracle JVM was a production-quality stack-conservative garbage collector that allowed tight integration between Java and the database. Parts of the code he wrote there still run hundreds of millions times per day, as Oracle databases carry out routine financial and retail transactions throughout the world. Earlier in his career, Harlan worked at Lucid, where he took the lead on Lisp performance and interoperability and wrote an incremental C/C++ linker that was later deployed by Sun Microsystems, and at Object Design, where he was an architect and implementer of an object-oriented database for Smalltalk.

Harlan received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University, and owns more than 30 software patents. He also has a B.S. in Mathematics from Ohio State, is married with 2 grown children, and when not inventing things, enjoys the game of golf.

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Lawrence Spracklen

Lawrence Spracklen leads Ayasdi’s world-class engineering team. He is tasked with building the next generation of Ayasdi’s award-winning platform. He brings to Ayasdi a diverse range of experiences, spanning processor design and research, software optimization and multi-thread scalability, security, and hardware accelerator development.

Prior to joining Ayasdi, Lawrence spent over a decade working at Sun Microsystems, Nvidia and VMware, where he led teams focused on the intersection of hardware architecture and software performance and scalability – delivering high performance processors (in both the enterprise and consumer space), operating systems, compilers and applications. Previously, he was a senior software engineer in VMware's performance group where he focused his research on VDI deployments (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), specifically protocol optimization and multimedia quality monitoring. Lawrence also worked at Nvidia as a performance lead, where he improved performance analysis and compiler design related to next-generation ARM processors. Prior to Nvidia, Lawrence was a senior staff engineer in the UltraSPARC Architecture Group at Sun Microsystems. Before moving to the USA in 2000, he worked as a software consultant for the United Nations and Sun UK.

Lawrence has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Aberdeen University, Scotland, a B.Sc. in Computational Physics from the University of York, England and holds 30 US patents in a diverse range of research fields from computer architecture to cryptography.

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James Takazawa

James Takazawa leads the Human Resources function at Ayasdi and is responsible for Ayasdi’s commitment to recruit, retain and develop the most talented employees. He brings to Ayasdi the expertise to drive strategic organizational growth and transformation at a global level while managing complex international operations and HR in an array of growth stages.

Most recently, James was with Guavus where he effectively led the company through hyper-growth, international expansion and numerous acquisition integrations; ultimately leading to the recognition of the Leading Light's Company of the Year. Previously, he similarly led global human resources at Tagged during their hyper-growth phase. James also held executive responsibility for HR business partnership, practices and leadership in Hewlett-Packard’s Finance organization where he spearheaded a transformation that led to the recognition as a best-in-class Finance organization. Prior to HP, James was with Deloitte Consulting where he worked closely with executives on maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of HR service delivery model and operation.

He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Economics from Occidental College.

Board of Directors

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Gunnar Carlsson

Gunnar Carlsson is one of the most renowned mathematicians in the world. He is Ayasdi’s President and a co-founder and has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Stanford, where he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1995 - 1998.

Over the past 35 years, Gunnar has taught at the University of Chicago, University of California, Princeton University, and since 1991, Gunnar has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, where he has been a thought leader in a branch of mathematics called topology, the study of shape. In the theoretical sense, topology has been around since the 1700s, but Gunnar pioneered the applied use of topology to solve complex real world problems starting in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, this work led to $10M in research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and DARPA to study the application of Topological Data Analysis (TDA) to problems of interest within the U.S. government. In 2008, based on the success of these efforts, Gunnar, along with two other Stanford mathematicians, co-founded Ayasdi.

Gunnar is married, has 3 grown boys including two sons who are mathematicians, and lives in Palo Alto.

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Steve Harrick

Steve Harrick joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in October 2001 and has over fifteen years of venture capital experience. He focuses on investing in later-stage technology companies with exceptional growth potential to help create businesses that are both respected and revolutionary. Before joining IVP, Steve worked for the Internet Capital Group (ICG). As Vice President of Acquisitions, his responsibilities included identifying and executing strategic acquisitions, generating partner company liquidity and providing strategic and operational advice to management teams. Before entering the venture capital industry in 1997, Steve worked in new business development for Netscape Communications in Mountain View, California and in mergers and acquisitions for Morgan Stanley in New York, New York. Steve earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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Ann Miura-Ko

Ann Miura-Ko is a co-founding partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include e-commerce, capitally efficient software and radical science. Ann has been recognized by Forbes as one of the “Most Powerful Woman in Startups” and got her Ph.D. in Quantitive Modeling of Computer Security at Stanford University. Over the years through her teaching post in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Ann has worked with over 500 students on more than 150 startup ideas. In addition to Ayasdi, Ann's board seats include Modcloth, Refinery29 and Xamarin. Ann also has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.

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Todd Rulon-Miller

Todd Rulon-Miller is known by many as one of the Who’s Who in the Silicon Valley with his roles as an early executive at Netscape and working for Steve Jobs at NeXT Computer, the company that launched the world’s first object-oriented programming and graphical user interface. At Netscape, Todd was Senior Vice President of Sales and built the company’s sales team to 800 employees operating in 30 countries, and took Netscape from zero to $600 million in revenues and one of the most successful IPOs of our time with a $10 billion market cap. Today, Todd spends his time mentoring and advising entrepreneurs and startups, serving on the boards of Aerohive, Appcelerator, Egnyte, Rally, and Symplified. Todd began his career at IBM, First Data Resources, and Tandem and holds a degree from Princeton University.

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Karen Richardson

Karen Richardson joined the board of Ayasdi in 2014.

Ms. Richardson currently serves as a Director for a variety of organizations including British Telecom Plc (BT), Exponent (EXPO), Convercent, the San Francisco Opera and Stanford’s Technology Venture Program. Karen brings 30 years of high tech experience to the board, having built NASDAQ listed E.piphany as a senior operations and sales executive before serving as its CEO from 2002 to 2003. Prior to joining E.piphany, Ms. Richardson served as Vice President of Sales at Netscape Communications Corporation, from November 1995 to May 1998. Earlier in her career, Ms. Richardson served in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles for Collabra Software, Inc. Lotus Development Corp., cc:Mail, Inc., and 3Com Corporation. Ms. Richardson served as an Advisor to Silver Lake from 2007 until July 2011.

Ms. Richardson holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

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Gurjeet Singh

Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi's CEO and co-founder.

He developed algorithms for Topological Data Analysis (TDA) and their applications during his graduate work as a part of a DARPA funded research project at Stanford. This led to the creation of Ayasdi’s core technology and machine-learning algorithms. Gurjeet has published numerous academic papers in top mathematics journals and computer science conferences. Before he started Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments.

Gurjeet holds a B.Tech. from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and son, and develops multi-legged robots in his spare time.