Dr. Catherine Havasi has been researching language and learning for nearly fifteen years. In addition to being CEO of Luminoso, she is a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. She co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use.
Rob Speer is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab, and now brings his expertise in natural language processing to the CTO position at Luminoso.
At MIT, he led the development of recent versions of ConceptNet, the open-source, multilingual knowledge base created based on the crowd-sourced AI project Open Mind Common Sense. His M.Eng. thesis presented a new way for computers to understand semantics based on a dimensionality-reduced representation of ConceptNet.
He has also contributed open-source code for natural language processing that has become part of Python's popular Natural Language ToolKit (NLTK) and been published in the O'Reilly book Natural Language Processing with Python.
Chief Financial Officer, Director of Technical Operations, Co-Founder
Jason Alonso is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab. He developed some of the machine learning techniques and representations that went into Luminoso. Jason currently works on code and infrastructure for Luminoso, recently with additional help from Paul. He also manages our financial affairs.
Dennis Clark studied algebraic geometry and theoretical computer science at Harvard University. After a few years' service with distinction in the financial sector at QVT Financial LP, he's brought his business savvy and linear algebra skills to Luminoso. Dennis primarily handles customer relations, product management, and strategic planning, but also provides insight into the mathematical computations and strategies of Luminoso product development.
GK is an experienced entrepreneur with CEO, Founder, Advisor and Angel
Investor roles in several startups. He was CEO of Bit9 (Cambridge MA),
a leader in trust-based security, from 2004-2007, then co-Founder and
CEO of Keas (San Francisco) from 2007-2012, a breakthrough health care
solution. He has held Executive roles at public software companies:
BEA Systems and Progress Software. GK is a Board Member at Mendix, an
Enterprise Cloud Application Platform.
Mark Rosenblatt is the Chairman of Rationalwave Analytics, a
SaaS-based data analytics company, as well as a General Partner of
Rationalwave Capital Partners and Chairman of Violin Memory. He
additionally sits on the board of RiverMeadow Software. With George
Kassabgi, Mark led the seed round of investment in Luminoso in
February of 2013. Mark has been an investor and advisor to a number
of high-tech startups since 2003.
Adam Hanft, CEO of Hanft Projects, is a nationally-known expert in
marketing strategy and branding, as well as a prolific cultural critic
and journalist. He sits on the board of Scotts Miracle-Gro
(NYSE:Scotts), and is co-author of the best-selling book "Dictionary
of the Future." Articles and commentaries written by Adam appear
regularly in the Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Fast Company, Slate
and other publications. He has appeared on the "Today Show," "The
Daily Show," CNBC, Fox News, and many other outlets.