The Team

Matthew Zeiler
Founder & CEO
Matthew received a PhD in machine learning and image recognition with the pioneers of deep learning and convolutional neural networks. His research produced the top 5 results in the 2013 ImageNet classification competition.
David Eigen
Lead Research Scientist
David will receive his PhD from NYU in the spring, focusing on applications of convolutional neural networks. His research includes the ImageNet 2013 localization winner OverFeat, and the RMRC 2014 winning depth-prediction entry. Previously he worked on anti-spam systems at Cisco IronPort, after completing his ScB at Brown.
Caroline McCaffery
General Counsel
Caroline has 15 years of experience in counseling and providing legal services to technology startup companies, both as in-house and outside counsel. Her most recent role was General Counsel at Sailthru, Inc. Caroline received her JD from New York University School of Law, is admitted to both the CA and NY bars and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Robert Wen
Principal Machine Learning Engineer
Robert joins Clarifai with a fresh Master's degree in Computer Science at NYU and 10 years of experience prior to that. Most recently he worked at Hewlett-Packard dealing with server performance and scalability issues on big machines with terabytes of RAMs and hundreds of cores. Before that, he worked at Oracle solving complex issues on Linux and virtualization. He lives in Brooklyn and plays badminton in every possible court over there.
Rudi Chiarito
Principal Infrastructure Engineer
Rudi started back when you'd take over BASIC interpreter vectors at $0302+ for fun and profit. He worked on proteomics software at Mayo Clinic; most recently, at Google, he helped YouTube store cat videos efficiently and a lot more. He likes long distance running and food — not clear which one leads to the other.
Marshall Jones
Director of Design
Marshall joins Clarifai from Rhapsody International where he served as Design & UX Director after the company he founded, Exfm, was acquired. He has over 10 years of experience in the design and technology space having spent time at NBC Universal, AOL, and Sony Music. His other passions include coffee, cats, and code – not necessarily in that order.
Jesse Mouallek
Account Executive
Jesse joins us after 2 years in the startup scene. He has a background in corporate finance and holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School, Paris France. He has diverse interests in entrepreneurship, fashion tech, and surfing.
Jared Lerner
Senior Support Engineer
Jared is a seasoned software support ninja person with a Bachelors in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. When he's not busy turning clients' frowns upside down, he enjoys drumming, traveling to crazy places, going to Yankees and Giants games and giving his cat Juliet as many belly rubs as she can handle before she runs away for no reason.
Jason Culler
Senior Designer
Jason joins Clarifai from Rhapsody International where he served as Art Director and User Experience Designer. He has over 10 years of experience in multiple design disciplines, with a focus on creating things that are usable, meaningful, and filled with delight. He loves coffee, obsessively works on improving his penmanship, and pretty much experiences the world through delicious food.
Nand Dalal
Senior Research Engineer
Nand recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Computer Science Engineering. He has worked on deep learning research in both academia with Professor Honglak Lee and in industry at Qualcomm Research. He enjoys traveling and playing table tennis.
Josh Tepper
Senior Software Engineer
Josh joined Clarifai after spending 3.5 years at Google where he focused on expanding and improving structured data and answers on the search results page. Before that he wrote trading systems for a financial firm. Josh has a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on computer science and computational physics. He enjoys skiing and rock climbing.
Shirley Kim
Social Media Manager
Shirley joins from Boxed where she pioneered their social presence. She loves puns, speaks in fluent #’s + @’s, and is passionate about spreading joy + delight while connecting with those around her. If she’s not at Clarifai, you’ll most likely find her at home with her hubs in their pjs, somewhere in the mountains, or biking along the west side.
Habib Talavati
Senior Machine Learning Engineer
Habib joins Clarifai from Amazon where he spent a year building an analytics system to make sense of a fast growing advertising platform. Prior to that he worked for Bloomberg writing code to calculate financial risk. He has completed an interdisciplinary MSc from Chalmers University, Sweden, focused on complex systems, and a MSc in mathematics from Texas A&M University focused on scientific computing. Habib carves wood, and loves to research random topics in depth and write about them in his blog.
Zack Grundleger
Sales Development Representative
Zack is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland where he received his degree in accounting with a concentration in consulting. He joins Clarifai to perpetuate advancements in artificial intelligence and the inevitable robot apocalypse. Outside of the business arena, he is a triathlete and enthusiast of all things deep-fried.
Jack Li
Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Jack received a PhD in computer science from Georgia Tech with a focus on resource management in distributed systems. He is passionate about social justice and using technology to improve society.
Mike Vaccarino
Senior Account Executive
Michael joins us from Chartbeat, a real-time analytics startup where he led the European Strategic Sales team and helped global media companies adopt data driven newsroom strategies. When he’s not ushering in the artificial intelligence revolution, you can find him exploring New York’s restaurants or traveling around the world. He graduated with a BA from the University of Michigan.
Amy Kim
Senior Product Manager
Amy joins Clarifai from Squad, where she focused on product, design, and growth. Prior to Squad, she founded Miscellaneous Mischief, launching a number of viral consumer products. She started her career in investment banking and is the founder of Verte(x), a community of women focused on building meaningful relationships. Amy studied Math and Studio Art at UNC-CH and loves watching silly dog videos.
Claire Geist
Data Strategist
Claire can proudly say she teaches robots for a living as our first Data Strategist. Fresh from nearly two years curating high quality datasets for the Cortex team over at Twitter, she gets to mine the best content to help build our models. When she’s not working, she makes her own content on her personal style blog, De Lune.
Michael Tolbert
Data Strategist
Michael joins Clarifai from Twitter Cortex, where he worked vigorously to teach their nascent AI about the real world - mostly the birds and the bees. He's passionate (borderline obsessive to be honest) about music and the music industry, and will absolutely ask you what you're listening to on the elevator. He graduated with a BA from the University of Illinois.
Minh Tran
Data Strategist
Minh joins Clarifai from Twitter, where he spent a year trawling through millions of tweets/images/videos and categorizing them into neat little piles, all to feed the machine. In his free time, you might find him dreaming up costume ideas for Comic Con or tracking down the perfect bowl of pho.
Karen Herder
Data Strategist
Karen joins Clarifai from Twitter, where she worked for two years on the Cortex team as an artificial intelligence curator, teaching robots about the world and passionately working to make the internet a safer place. She is a professional photographer, with ten years experience in portraiture and fine art photography. She studied Art & Design at Texas State University, graduating with a BFA. When not wrangling robots, you’ll find Karen wandering the world with her camera, time-traveling at The Cloisters, or daydreaming about Texas kolaches.
Liz O'Sullivan
Director of Customer Experience
Liz joins Clarifai from RealMatch, where she helped build a Customer Success team to support newspaper publishers throughout the United States. In her spare time, you're likely to find her nerding out to various comic books, sci-fi novels, and fantasy TV shows. She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a focus in Philosophy, and is happy to discuss the meaning of life at any time!
Bradley Raxenberg
Controller
Bradley is a Certified Public Accountant that joins Clarifai with experience in public accounting as well as technology startups. He obtained a minor in theatre while he attended West Virginia University. Bradley is passionate about sports, volunteering and enjoys running long distances.
Abhishek Mathur
Senior Product Manager
Abhishek joins Clarifai from IBM, where he shipped Watson Internet of Things' SaaS products and digital strategy. Prior to that, he was a management consultant, advising clients on analytics strategy. Abhi is continuously learning more and more about machine learning, and hopes to see artificial general intelligence someday. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Toronto. When he’s not at work, he can be seen exploring craft beers, trying various cuisines, running, or reading non-fiction books.
Shivani Bhargava
Director of Business Development
Shivani joins Clarifai from Google, where she held various business development, partnership, and sales roles, including most recently with the Android Pay BD team. She is currently in the MBA program at NYU Stern and in her free time she enjoys travel, fitness, reading, live music, and cooking.
Kunal Batra
Head of Developer Relations
Kunal joins Clarifai from Auth0 where he ran Developer Relations for their identity platform. Prior to that he led US evangelism for SendGrid a developer focused email company. He's passionate about enabling developers to get the tools and resources they need to change the world with software. Outside of work he loves Taco Bell and has had the honor of visiting their test kitchen at Taco Bell HQ.
Taylor Burgess
Frontend Engineer
Taylor joins Clarifai after stints as a freelance full-stack engineer, touring musician, and participant at the Recurse Center, where he focused on clean JavaScript and functional programming. Outside of working and building software, he reads/writes short fiction and poetry (keeping a BA in Literature active) and mixes records.
Chuchu Zhan
Backend Engineer
Chuchu got her MS in Computer Science from New York University. Before joining Clarifai she worked at MediaMath writing code for real-time bidding online advertising. Outside of work, Chuchu likes searching for food places, especially Asian food. She also enjoys hiking in summer and snowboarding in winter.
Tricia Marshall
Head of People
Trish is a Penn State Grad with over 7+ years of HR experience working in different industries. She loves fashion, football (HUGE Peyton fan) and HR. She currently lives in Brooklyn (born and raised) with her two crazy dogs Jameson and Coco.
Dalmo Cirne
Director of Mobile Engineering
Dalmo is a computer scientist and applied mathematician. His work is focused on mobile technologies solving real-life problems. He has published research on multi-platform multithreading, and augmented reality on mobile devices. In his free time he enjoys spending time on family activities, such as skiing, racing cars, or building a better mouse trap with his twin kids.
Rigel Swavely
Machine Learning Engineer
Rigel joins Clarifai from Dataminr, where he worked on finding breaking news on Twitter. Prior to that, he earned his BSE at the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. Outside of work, he enjoys going to concerts and playing guitar (and various other instruments).
Kristin Shevis
CCO
Kristin has been working in technology her entire career helping customers navigate significant technology paradigms (the internet, search, social media for ex.) into the enterprise, working at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Google, Hearsay Social, and most recently Conversocial. She has two undergraduate degrees from Villanova University (BA: English and BSBA: Finance) and an MBA from NYU in Marketing and Information Technology.
Yanan Jian
Research Scientist
Yanan joins Clarifai from MetaMind (a Salesforce company) where she served as Research Engineer. She has been working on image classification and object detection with real world data at MetaMind. Prior to that, she was in the Computational Data Science program under Language Technologies Institute, CS department in CMU and got her master’s degree. Outside of work, she is a professional pianist and a fan of python - especially when it means the snake here, because the way that python moves…is as elegant as the code in python :-)

The Interns

John Sloan
Mobile Intern
John graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a BS in Computer Science. He has recently interned at Marvell Semiconductor and spent the last year immersed in iOS development, creating his own app Tracks Music. John is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Technology at NYU to further explore the intersection of his two biggest passions. You’ll often find John jamming on the guitar, backpacking, or playing tennis.
Deb Raji
Engineer Intern
Deborah is currently a junior at the University of Toronto, in the Engineering Science program, specializing in Robotics Engineering. She's passionate about inclusion in tech and education launching several projects, such as Speak Up, an online student advocacy platform, and Project Include, an outreach program funded by Google Ignite CS. She sings, she runs and she dances (badly) but when she’s not doing any of the above, she’s helping Clarifai make machine learning accessible to all.
Natalie Fletcher
Marketing Intern
Natalie has her BSc. in Management Studies: Marketing from UWI Mona in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. After 3 years at one of the leading IT solutions companies in the Caribbean, she is now pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction at the New School. She wears sweaters in inappropriate weather and hopes the Arsenal will win the league in her lifetime (but she's not holding her breath).
Jian Sheng Low
Backend Engineering Intern
Jian Sheng is currently taking his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore. He's passionate about all things tech and hope to one day build his own Jarvis. During his free time, he likes to travel and hike up some mountains along the way.

Our backers include

Menlo Ventures
Union Square Ventures
Lux Capital
Google Ventures
Nvidia
Qualcomm Ventures
Corazon
LDV Capital
Osage University Partners