Founder & CEO/CTO
Before founding Gamalon Machine Intelligence, Ben was the technical co-founder and CEO of Lyric Semiconductor, a startup that created the first integrated circuits and processor architectures for statistical machine learning and signal processing. The company was named one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies by Technology Review and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, EE Times, Scientific American, Wired, and other media. Lyric was successfully acquired by Analog Devices, and Lyric’s products and technology are being deployed in leading smartphones and consumer electronics, medical devices, wireless base stations, and automobiles.
Ben completed his PhD at MIT developing circuits for implementing machine learning algorithms natively in hardware. He has won entrepreneurship competitions at MIT and Harvard, fellowships from Intel and the Kavli Foundation/National Academy of Sciences, and has held research appointments at MIT, HP, Mitsubishi, and the Santa Fe Institute. He has authored over 120 patents and academic publications. He recently served on the DARPA Information Science and Technology (ISAT) steering committee.
Ben also co-founded Design That Matters, a not-for-profit that for the past decade has helped solve engineering and design problems in under-served communities and has saved thousands of infant lives by developing low-cost, easy-to-use medical technology such as infant incubators, UV therapy, pulse oximeters, and IV drip systems that have been fielded in 20 countries.
Investors & Advisors
Nicole M. Stata
Nicole is the Founder and Managing Director of Boston Seed Capital. Prior to founding Boston Seed, Nicole founded Deploy Solutions in 1996, an award winning provider of SaaS Human Capital Management. As CEO and President, she led Deploy for 11 years through its sale to Kronos in 2008. She has been the recipient of several awards, including being identified as one of 30 most influential people in technology investing in Boston by Boston Magazine. She also serves as an advisor and board member to several non-profits in the Boston area.
Nicole M. Stata
Investor: Boston Seed Capital
Aydin is the Founder and Managing Director of Felicis Ventures. An original “super-angel” investor, he was named to Forbes’ 2014, 2015 and 2016 Midas Lists, and previously appeared as one of the top 15 tech angels by Businessweek. In March 2016 he was named among the New York Times’ Top 20 Venture Capital Investors Worldwide. Over 60 Felicis companies have been acquired by industry leading tech companies. Prior to starting Felicis Ventures, Aydin was a Senior Manager at Google.
Investor: Felicis Ventures
Raymie is an engineer, investor, and executive who holds a PhD in computer science from MIT. Most recently he is the founder and CEO of Altiscale, a high-scale and high-performance fully managed cloud data services company. Previously, he served as the CTO of Yahoo! after their acquisition of his startup, Stata Laboratories. He was also an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Cruz and a researcher at DEC’s Systems Research Center where he contributed to the AltaVista search engine.
Ivan was formerly Informatica’s EVP and Chief Strategy Officer. He has 25 years of operational experience in enterprise software, product marketing, product development, product management, & strategy. During his time as general manager of Informatica Data Quality and MDM he oversaw over 10x business growth and added 30% to Informatica’s revenue. He serves on the boards of a number of early stage tech companies. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.
One of Google’s first 10 employees, Georges held roles as distinguished engineer and director of Googlettes. His team led management and strategy surrounding Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups, and Google Mobile. Co-author of many patents and academic papers, he co-developed the targeting technology behind AdSense and the spam filters in Gmail. He is currently an angel investor and advisor to several machine learning startups. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan.
David is a Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at Columbia University, and a member of the Columbia Data Science Institute. His research is in statistical machine learning, involving probabilistic topic models (he was an original inventor of LDA), Bayesian nonparametric methods, and approximate posterior inference algorithms for massive data. He works on a variety of applications, including text, images, music, social networks, user behaviour, and scientific data.
Roman has over 30 years of experience with startups and growing technology companies. He joined Fasfax Corp., a pioneer in retail IT systems, when it was a startup, and advanced to EVP heading product development, marketing, sales and professional services. He holds a PhD in management from UMUC and an MS in management of technology from MIT. Since 2002 he has served as senior staff member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, where he has worked with hundreds of MIT faculty, students, and alumni to advance their ideas.
Steve served in 8 high technology companies, prior to retiring in 1999. Since then, he has had a tremendously successful career in teaching, lecturing, and mentoring entrepreneurs at Berkeley, Stanford, Columbia, NYU, and UCSF. His book, The Four Steps to The Epiphany, is credited with launching the “Lean Startup” movement. He has received congressional recognition for his Lean LaunchPad curriculum used in trainings for the NSF and NIH Innovation Corps and is widely recognized as one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley.
Carlos Gonzalez is the founder and CIO of Rivas Capital LLC, a privately-held investment firm focused on long-term principal investments in technology-enabled businesses. Prior to founding Rivas, Carlos led business development at Grupo Numar, a leading food conglomerate based in Costa Rica. Carlos holds a degree in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Investor: Rivas Capital
Matt has over 22 years of experience in finance, most recently as a strategic business advisor to startups including N12 Technologies, Haven Realty Capital, and CPK Media. He has served as a Managing Director at CIBC World Markets and Oppenheimer & Company and was a Founding Investor & Managing Partner of Lionheart Ventures. Matt has served on the boards of both corporate and non-profit organizations including the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation.
Additional investments have been made by Adam D’Angelo and Andy Bechtolsheim.
Gamalon’s Bayesian Program Synthesis platform has been developed in part with funding from DARPA (contract no. FA8750-14-C-0001) and IARPA (contract no. 2016-16032900007).