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.

Adam Jeffries

Lead Frontend Engineer

Adam has been developing web applications for over 15 years. Most recently he was at Amazon where he rewrote the desktop and mobile navigation UI for all of Amazon.com. Prior to Amazon he was a Systems Analyst at State Farm and also has significant entrepreneurial experience. Adam holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is an ardent woodworker who enjoys challenging projects.

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.

Norman Tasfi

Inference Engineer

Most recently Norman was an engineering intern at Flipboard where he worked on computer vision applications of convolutional neural networks such as content-aware image upscaling and text placement. Prior to that Norman was a Student Researcher at Western University and worked on optimizing electrical consumption by recognizing patterns and anomalies in sensor data. Norman recently earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at Western University and enjoys reading and camping in his spare time.

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. Mat worked on the recruiting agency side until 2010 and then moved internal as a recruiter at Akamai Technologies. Mat joined Google and worked there for four years before heading up the recruiting organization at Yik Yak. Mat 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 I was working on the Machine Intelligence team at Yik Yak, where I built a user recommendation system based on user profiles for the app. I have a BS in Mathematics from CMU, where I worked on information retrieval and active learning for NLP, and interned at Microsoft and IBM Watson. I love listening to live music (anything improvisational or experimental) and learning about the world. In my free time I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, and swimming.

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.

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.