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Gurjeet Singh

Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi's CEO and co-founder. As the CEO of Ayasdi, he leads a technology movement that emphasizes the importance of extracting insight from data, not just storing and organizing it.

Gurjeet developed key mathematical and machine learning algorithms for Topological Data Analysis (TDA) and their applications during his tenure as graduate student in Stanford’s Mathematics Department where he was advised by Ayasdi co-founder Prof. Gunnar Carlsson.

Gurjeet is the author of numerous patents and has published in a variety of top mathematics and computer science journals. Before starting Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments. Gurjeet was named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40 in 2015.

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 two children, 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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Daniel Druker

Daniel Druker is a hands-on Chief Marketing Officer with a proven track record of strategic and operational excellence at high performing technology companies. Dan’s career has been focused on creating markets, driving disruptive innovation and delivering rapid profitable growth with successful financial outcomes across the software, software as a service, security, big data and cloud computing markets.

Dan has more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and executive leadership roles at companies including Arbor Software, Hyperion, Oracle, IBM, Intacct, Postini and Zscaler.  Throughout his career, Dan has participated in IPO and M&A transactions in excess of $3 billion.

Dan holds an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Dan lives in Palo Alto, and is the happy father of twins attending Palo Alto High School and a white lab named Sport.  You can find him running in the hills surrounding Silicon Valley, backpacking with his kids, or working on his restored Airstream trailer.

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Francis "FX" Champion

Francis “FX” Campion serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Ayasdi where he is responsible for the clinical vision for the healthcare vertical while providing both product and strategic leadership to the organization.

FX joins Ayasdi from Dovetail Health, a disease management company, where he served as CMO prior to its acquisition by Optum.  Prior to Dovetail, he was the Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Alere Analytics where he led the expansion of Alere’s evidence-based rules engine.  At Outcome Sciences, he developed large scale clinical registries, quality reporting services and EHR-data research networks, leading to acquisition by Quintiles in 2011.  FX has held health system and IT leadership roles at Atrius Health, Caritas Christi and Lahey Clinic.  

Dr. Campion is a practicing internist with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, MA.  He has been in general internal medicine practice for over 25 years and has been recognized as top clinician by Best Doctors for many years.

He is board certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics and is an instructor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  

Dr. Campion received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of the Holy Cross. 

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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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Sangeeta Chakraborty

Sangeeta Chakraborty is the Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi where she is focused on delivering the highest quality personalized service experience for each of Ayasdi’s customers.  

Most recently, Sangeeta served as VP of Professional Services for Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement solutions for governments.  

Prior to Ayasdi, Sangeeta built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven.  Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria.  She earned her BS in Computer Science from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India and her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

 

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Sean Wani

Sean Wani is Ayasdi’s General Counsel where he leads Ayasdi’s legal and compliance departments.

Sean comes to Ayasdi from Zuora where he led its legal team for close to eight years.  Sean has been active in the tech community by virtue of his twenty five years of work experience with many of the icons of Silicon Valley. Sean began his career at Oracle, working in the legal department as a contract negotiator while attending law school at night.  Sean completed his J.D. while working at Apple, where he served in various legal and business roles for 7 years. After Apple, Sean worked with established technology leaders like Intuit, WebEx, Cisco, Ventro/Chemdex, and Paul Allen’s incubator, Interval Research, as well as startups like Brivo, Lumiata and thinkingVOICE.  

Sean earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and holds his J.D. From Santa Clara University.  

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Ronaldo Ama

Ronaldo Ama is the Vice President of Engineering at Ayasdi where he is responsible for building and scaling the products, user experience and technical vision for the organization.  Ronaldo comes to Ayasdi from VMware where he last served as the VP of R&D for OpenStack, 3rd Platform Infrastructure and Platform Services.

Prior to VMware, Ronaldo worked as the SVP of Engineering at Greenplum and its acquirer, EMC.  Ronaldo also served in several engineering leadership roles at Business Objects, helping the company scale its engineering organization through its growth phase.

Ronaldo earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Campinas in Sao Paulo and his Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University.  

A native of Brazil, Ronaldo began his career in Latin America before coming to the US in 2000.  He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and three children.  

Board of Directors

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Gurjeet Singh

Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi's CEO and co-founder. As the CEO of Ayasdi, he leads a technology movement that emphasizes the importance of extracting insight from data, not just storing and organizing it.

Gurjeet developed key mathematical and machine learning algorithms for Topological Data Analysis (TDA) and their applications during his tenure as graduate student in Stanford’s Mathematics Department where he was advised by Ayasdi co-founder Prof. Gunnar Carlsson.

Gurjeet is the author of numerous patents and has published in a variety of top mathematics and computer science journals. Before starting Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments. Gurjeet was named by Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40 in 2015.

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 two children, 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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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.