I love changing how organizations think about early-stage technologies. I am currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) specializing in artificial intelligence at Intel Corporation.
I think success should be measured in terms of global impact. I was a Senior Director for Innovation at Vulcan Inc., where I led teams that tackled some of the world's most important problems, from climate change and clean energy to biodiversity and global health. I co-founded the Vulcan Proving Ground (an early-stage technology incubator) and worked closely with Paul Allen as his Executive Technical Advisor.
I think that small teams can accomplish amazing things. I've founded (and run) three consumer-facing startups: A.R.O. Inc., Swingly, and Extractiv. I also served as CEO of Language Computer Corporation, an amazing natural language processing company that built some of the best systems in question-answering, information extraction, and textual inference in the early 2000s.
I'm not intimidated by hard problems. I've led research in natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and ubiquitous computing. I even publish (sometimes). My work can be found in the proceedings of AAAI, ACL, SIGIR, and NIPS.