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
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.
Ryan Compton
Data Scientist
Ryan completed a PhD in applied mathematics at UCLA with a focus on sparsity-promoting optimization and was previously a research staff member at Howard Hughes laboratories. His recent work on geolocation in social media has been covered in Forbes, the New York Observer, and Business Insider among other places.
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).
Jason Novack
Business Operations Manager
Jason joins Clarifai from Placemeter, a computer vision based urban intelligence platform. Previous roles include designing avionics systems at DRS Technologies. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jack Rogers
Mobile Software Engineer
Jack is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where he studied Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He has been working on the iOS platform since 2012 and has contributed to apps including Signal and his own Protest, which aims to allow protesters to communicate anonymously in crowds.
Dan Kantor
Director of Product
Dan joins Clarifai from Rhapsody International where he served as VP of Product after acquiring the company he founded, Exfm. He has over 10 years of experience in the technology space having spent time at AOL, Yahoo, Delicious and Microsoft. Dan holds a Master’s degree from ITP at NYU and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Robert Wen
Software 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
Senior 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
UX Director
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.
Jade Misenas
Senior Software Engineer
Jade is passionate about building fast and clean software primarily with JavaScript but likes to get out of her comfort zone and explore new languages & tech. She was part of the Recurse Center batch in Summer 2013. Outside of work, Jade loves to contribute to open source projects, solve programming puzzles and walk around NYC.
Amy Liu
Content Marketing Director
Amy is a full-stack marketer (yes, that is a thing) and former Air Force captain with an MBA from the University of Chicago. She obsesses over marketing analytics and creating epic content, whether it’s for Clarifai or for her internet-famous gaming blog.
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.
Chris Fox
Software Engineer
Chris finished a MS in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, focusing on topic modeling for his master's thesis. Before joining Clarifai, he interned on the Google Now, AdWords, and iCloud teams.
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
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.
Kevin Most
Mobile Software Engineer
Kevin graduated with a BS in Computer Science in 2014. Since then, he has been immersed in the world of Android development, most recently working for Perka, a loyalty app that runs on an Android-based POS system. Outside of programming, he enjoys playing fighting games and seeking out fine tea and coffee.
Katie Mulligan
Manager, People
Five years ago, Katie transitioned out of a career in scenic design and into People Ops, and she hasn’t looked back since. She likes to think that her speciality is bringing empathy, creativity, and really bad puns to the People function. When she’s not working, Katie enjoys volunteering with NY Cares and Big Brother Big Sister NYC, painting D&D miniatures, playing board games, traveling, and cuddling with her cat, Sophie.
Ryan Dawidjan
Product Manager
Ryan joins Clarifai from Wildcard, a New York mobile startup where he served as Head of Operations. Ryan is passionate about working with customers and developers to build valuable products for understanding and managing visual content. Before and after work he is an avid cyclist, tech early adopter and GIF aficionado.
Keeyon Ebrahimi
Software Engineer
Keeyon Ebrahimi is now a full time engineer after being an intern twice at Clarifai. Keeyon has received a Master's degree in Computer Science at NYU, and a bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah. Prior to being a HackNY fellow and interning at Clarifai, Keeyon was a developer at L3-Communications. Aside from developing, Keeyon greatly enjoys playing soccer, guitar, board games, and listening to stand up comedy.
Alex Rose
Alex joins Clarifai as a Recruiter, Machine Learning Enthusiast, and Spirited MINI Driver. She graduated from UC Davis with degrees in Political Science & Psychology and has been recruiting ever since. When Alex is not at Clarifai, you can find her at conferences, car shows, and coffee shops. She also likes alliteration.
Josh Tepper
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.
Shirley Wang
Software Engineer & Developer Evangelist
Shirley received her BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University last December. Prior to Clarifai, she worked at Microsoft and Intuit as a software engineering intern. She enjoys creating things from scratch, and in doing so, she is able to explore and learn new software techniques. Outside of work, she loves doing software projects, joining hackathons, conferences, and also arts and crafts, cooking, and taking pictures.
Habib Talavati
Software 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.
Junaid Warwani
Software Engineer
Junaid got his BASc from University of Toronto in 2016. His focus on financial engineering did not teach him how to game the stock market. He has previously held roles at Microsoft and various startups, and co-founded a non-profit, Suits U, that helps students dress to impress. When he’s not working, Junaid will be watching Manchester United, playing board games, or falling into YouTube rabbit holes.
Jack Li
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.

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.
Prince Wilson
Developer Evangelist Intern
Prince is currently a senior at the University of Central Florida studying Computer Science with a minor in Secure Computing. Prior to Clarifai, Prince worked at State Farm Insurance as a Software Developer and Security Analyst intern. He was also part of the first class of Clarifai Champions! Prince loves educating people about technology and learning from others. Outside of work, he enjoys participating in hackathons and swing dancing. (Plus he is a huge fan of Corgis.)
Kevin Cronly
Mobile Intern
Kevin is currently a senior at NYU studying Computer Science and Statistics, and is re-joining Clarifai after a summer interning at The New York Times. Prior to Clarifai, Kevin worked at Angie's List and a ticket marketplace startup called TickPick. Outside of work, Kevin loves exercising, reading, traveling and eating.

Our backers include

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