TEAM

Olcan Sercinoglu

Founder, CEO

Most recently Olcan was an engineer on Google Brain, where he worked on efficient inference methods for general-purpose statistical models and task-specific adaptations that can utilize deep learning. Early on at Google Olcan led several core platform projects that now power virtually all major Google services including Web Search. He later developed the on-demand statistical analysis system that powers Google Trends and subsequently spent many years working on web-scale statistical models of textual data at Google Research while also studying AI at Stanford (MS) and UC Berkeley (PhD). Olcan prides himself on maintaining a perfect academic record after high school (aside from taking leaves from graduate programs) while also launching a popular (10M+ pageviews/month) music search engine in his sophomore year. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis and is an avid tennis player who rates himself “a solid 4.0-4.5” on the NTRP scale.

Tawny Darling

Operations Manager

Tawny has over a decade of experience in Operations, Human Resources, Management, and Administration. Most recently she was Office Manager for the US Investments, Public Relations, and Investor Relations departments at Alibaba Group. Prior to that Tawny was the VP of HR & Administration, responsible for virtually all administrative functions, at Seasons Capital Management and their spin-off Inflection Asset Management. Tawny has a BS in Business Management from University of Arizona and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s College. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Ajay Bhoj

Systems Engineer

Most recently Ajay was a research scientist at Intel, where he worked on prolonging Moore's Law using large-scale computational imaging solutions combining algorithms from machine learning, computer vision, image processing, and high-performance computing. He holds a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Princeton University. He spends his spare time experimenting with his 3D printer and hacking away on embedded linux boards. He also shares an avid interest in robotics and has built several analog neural network based quadrupeds.

Huan-Kai Peng

Lead Inference Scientist

Huan-Kai works generally on machine-learning, from theory to application. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His research includes Deep Learning, Manifold Clustering, and Probabilistic Graphical Modeling. He worked with a variety of data modalities, such as social media, mobile sensory data, CMOS manufacturing, text, image, and financial data. Once intended to become a professional hip-hop dancer, Huan-Kai now enjoys playing ukulele, cooking steak, and making wine.

Joey Robinson

Inference Engineer

Joey recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Machine Learning. During his studies he completed internships at Audience, NREC, BigML, and Sift Science, where he spent two summers working on core backend and mobile systems along with machine learning model testing. Outside of work, Joey was a varsity swimmer in college and four-year letter winner. He now spends his free time on dry land -- bouldering, powerlifting, and playing ping-pong.

Tao Zhou

Frontend Engineer

Tao holds a BS from Tsinghua University and recently graduated from Cornell with a MS in Information Science. His professional experience includes frontend development, project management, an internship at Tencent, and working as a freelance full-stack developer in New Zealand. These experiences have led him to develop a deep passion for the web field. Outside of work, he enjoys all kinds of possibilities of life, he loves traveling and has hitchhiked around Tibet and New Zealand. He also loves playing tennis and ping-pong, currently is a beginner of the maker world.

Pavel Zheltov

Inference Engineer

Before joining Scaled Inference, Pavel worked at Palantir Technologies on their data integration tools. A prior transplant from the academic world, Pavel attended Jacobs University Bremen, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow in Electrical Engineering studying space-time coding schemes for massive multi-user wireless communications, and in Mathematics, researching fundamentals of stochastic time-frequency analysis that seemed to almost violate the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but actually didn't. Pavel has not found a book he doesn't like, but his greater passion for traveling leaves Pavel with little opportunity to rustle pages in peace.

Mat Blumenthal

Recruiting Manager

Mat began his technical recruiting career in 1999 while living in New York City. He worked on the recruiting agency side until 2010 and then moved internal as a recruiter at Akamai Technologies. He joined Google and worked there for four years before heading up the recruiting organization at Yik Yak. He is an avid sports fan (played baseball at the collegiate level), a foodie and IPA enthusiast.

Yanpu Wu

Frontend Engineer

Yanpu holds a B.E in Microelectronics from SUN YAT-SEN University and recently graduated from Cornell University with a MPS in Information Science where he spent most of his time on interactive technology and web development. He is attracted to fancy and cool user interfaces, which has inspired him to become a coder who designs and builds his own fancy applications. In his spare time he tinkers with DIY projects and painting.

Walter Vannini

Inference Engineer

Walter has been developing software in Silicon Valley for a couple of decades. Most recently he was at Reflektion, a startup providing click stream based online product recommendations for online retailers. Before that he was at Edmodo, a startup providing a safe social network to complement classroom teaching. Before that he was a software engineer at Google, where he worked on optimizing performance of the 'did you mean' spelling servers. Walter received his PhD in mathematics from Stony Brook University, specializing in differential geometry, and was an academic for a couple of years until he saw the light and became a software developer. Reading books has been a lifelong source of enjoyment, and when he travels he seeks out used book stores. He enjoys his ongoing recreational activities, which include tap dancing, jumping rope, and sweep rowing. Every so often he'll try out a new activity, the most recent being indoor sky diving.

Vijay Viswanathan

Inference Engineer

Most recently, Vijay was working on the Machine Intelligence team at Yik Yak, where he wrote a user recommendation system based on learned representations of users. Vijay holds a BS in Mathematics from CMU, where he worked on query expansion and active learning for text classification. In his free time, he loves listening to live music, being outside (ultimate frisbee, hiking, and swimming), and having deep discussions about simple things.

Po-Hsun Chen

Operations Engineer

Po has been working in infrastructure engineering, operations and scaling challenges for 10+ years. Most recently he was at a social mobile dating company. Before that he was at HotelTonight. Prior to that he was on the Site Reliability team at Facebook. Po received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley. He enjoys his ongoing recreational activities, which include kung fu, reading, yoga, hiking, skydiving, and flying.

Yuval Scharf

Systems Engineer

Yuval holds an MSc from the Technion in Haifa Israel. Before joining Scaled Inference he was in start-ups like Quixey and Box and bigger companies like Google, Intel, and Microsoft. Focusing on back-end, algorithms, and data processing. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies.

Caleb Ontiveros

Frontend Engineering Intern

Over the last few months, Caleb taught himself JavaScript and Ruby, completed App Academy’s and built a portfolio of apps. He studied philosophy in graduate school, receiving an MA from the University of Notre Dame, but thought better of it and began teaching himself to program. He was attracted to software engineering because of the way it integrates the concrete and practical with the abstract. Originally from Colorado, he loves the outdoors, reading nonfiction, and, recently, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Steve Mask

Frontend Engineer

Steve has been crafting mobile and web applications for over 10 years. Recently, he consulted as a trainer in Java, React, Ember 2, and Angular 2 while setting up a courseware company. Prior to consulting, he was a Systems Analyst at State Farm and spent 10 years as a building Architect. Steve has a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois as well as a Bachelors in Architectural Studies. Steve enjoys cooking Spanish-infused dishes as well as time outdoors with his family.

Yufeng Wang

Design Intern

Ritz graduated from Cornell with a concentration of hci. She’s fascinated by the creative process of design and interested in making technology enjoyable to use. Her passion lies in UI and UX and being a designer provides here with an opportunity to both listen to users and provide recommendations for product improvement that will assist both users and the business.

Monica Knoblaugh

Office Coordinator

Monica recently graduated from Sacred Heart University with an MS in Organizational Psychology. With a love for learning she also holds a BA in Psychology, an AA in Communications, as well as an AA in History. With an affinity for organization and task management, she has nearly a decade of experience in both personal and executive assistant roles, most recently with a venture capital firm. Monica is a holistic wellness enthusiast with a love for barre fitness, and an affinity for healthy foods (and donuts!). In her spare time Monica enjoys attending comedy shows and music festivals. She holds a place in her heart for all animals, and has never met a dog she didn’t instantly love!

Dylan Steeg

Head of Commercialization

Dylan leads commercial efforts for Scaled Inference. Previously, Dylan was VP of Business Development for Skytree, an innovator in automated, enterprise grade machine learning software. He developed Skytree’s global partnership program, engaging with leading technology innovators, solution integrators and resellers from around the world. Dylan also developed Skytree’s international sales strategy, leveraging Skytree’s global partner ecosystem. Prior to joining Skytree, Dylan led venture capital investments as an Investment Director at Intel Capital. Earlier, Dylan was a Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation, leading technology development projects for several of Intel’s semiconductor process nodes. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and a MBA from the Columbia Business School. When not working, Dylan enjoys reading, music, sports, and trying new restaurants.

Justin Bastedo

Frontend Engineer

Justin is an adept web developer with an obsession for how humans interact with the designed world around us. He got his start in Los Angeles working for digital design agencies before migrating north to the Bay Area. In his off time he keeps himself busy playing music or working on his cars. He also loves animals and has been adopted by his two cats Gary Lazer Eyes and PewPew.

Hedgehog

Human Inference Engineer

Hedgehog is a 6-year-old Papillon mix and an experienced office companion. She strives to keep the office a friendly place to work, and provides extra warmth to those in need. During the day, you can find her napping, following her dad around, napping, or napping.

ADVISORS

Michael I. Jordan

Full Professor, UC Berkeley

Michael is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Statistics at UC Berkeley. Previously he was a professor at MIT from 1988 to 1998. His research interests bridge the computational, statistical, cognitive and biological sciences, and have focused in recent years on Bayesian nonparametric analysis, probabilistic graphical models, spectral methods, kernel machines and applications to problems in distributed computing systems, natural language processing, signal processing and statistical genetics. Michael is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), AAAI, ACM, ASA, CSS, IEEE, IMS, ISBA and SIAM. He has been named a Neyman Lecturer and a Medallion Lecturer by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He was awarded the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award in 2009 and the David E. Rumelhart Prize in 2015.

Vinod Khosla

Founding Partner, Khosla Ventures

Vinod is an entrepreneur, investor and technologist. Founded in 2004, Khosla Ventures today invests over $1.3 billion focusing on early-stage technology companies. Prior to founding KV, Vinod was a general partner at KPCB where he took on crucial roles for many notable companies including Nexgen/AMD, Juniper Networks, Excite, and Cerent (acquired by Cisco for $7.2B). As an entrepreneur, he was co-founder of Daisy Systems, the first significant Computer-aided Design system for electrical engineers, and Co-founder and CEO of Sun Microsystems, an iconic technology company credited for creating the Java language and the Network File System and for significantly advancing today’s essential technologies such as Unix, RISC processors, and virtualization. Vinod is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a non-profit global network of entrepreneurs with more than 40 chapters in 9 countries, and a founding board member of the Indian School of Business. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

George John

Operating Partner, Khosla Ventures

George is an operating partner at Khosla Ventures and an instructor at Stanford University. Previously, George was founder and CEO of Rocket Fuel, whose autonomous AI engine powered ridiculously good digital ad campaigns for almost all large US advertisers plus many global brands. It had the top technology IPO in 2013 and George was recognized with an EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most-Admired CEO award. Before Rocket Fuel, George was an early employee at Epiphany and Salesforce.com. At Salesforce.com George led product management for analytics and social, which respectively helped the company attract large enterprise customers and cement its relationships with its champions. George earned a BS, MS, and PhD with distinction in teaching from the Computer Science department at Stanford. His 1997 thesis focused on Machine Learning, and one of his papers on the topic of relevance became a top ten most-cited paper in global AI and ML literature. He has taught a number of courses in Computer Science at Stanford and is an instructor for its famous Lean Launchpad class, teaching entrepreneurial science to MBA and engineering students.

David Wallerstein

CXO, SEVP, Tencent

David joined Tencent as an early-stage startup in 2001 and oversaw its growth to become (as of 2014) the fifth largest internet company in the world, with a market capitalization of over $150 billion USD. Tencent operates the second-largest internet community in the world with over 820 million active users. David is responsible for Tencent's international expansion through strategic partnerships and investments. Prior to joining Tencent, David was responsible for investments and strategy at the Naspers Group in China. David has an MS from UC Berkeley and a BS from University of Washington.