Executive Team

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Justin Davis

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

A former Product Director, Justin successfully managed and scaled Salesforce’s Data Studio platform. Prior to Salesforce, he spent a decade growing data-driven SaaS platforms in business development and sales engineering roles for Krux (acquired by Salesforce), Adobe, SAS, and Microsoft.

 
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JOSH NEWMAN

CO-FOUNDER & CTO

A former Software Architect at Salesforce, Josh began his career at a research center of Middlebury College. After transitioning to tech, Josh spent a decade developing scalable data management and distributed systems at Vodori, Syapse, and Krux (acquired by Salesforce).

 
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ERIN WILLINGHAM

VP, PLATFORM ENGINEERING

A former Principle Platform Engineer at Salesforce, Erin architected and deployed numerous systems during his tenure. Over the last decade, Erin has focused on building secure, reliable systems, and has spoken at numerous conferences including security and scaling with the goal of helping the tech community build better and safer systems.

 
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JONATHAN PURNELL

VP, DATA SCIENCE

Previously a Data Scientist for Salesforce DMP, Jon delivered Internet-scale distributed products using innovative machine learning techniques, including Deep Learning and NLP. Before that, he was an Applied Scientist at Bing Ads and a collaborative researcher with BBN Technologies (a division of Raytheon).


Board Directors

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HOWARD CHARNEY

TECH EXECUTIVE

A Member of Spectrum’s Board, Howard Co-Founded 3Com (acquired by HP) and Grand Junction Networks (acquired by Cisco), and served as an SVP at Cisco. He attended MIT and Santa Clara University where he collectively earned his BSe, MSe, MBA, and JD.

 
 

TOM CHAVEZ

CO-FOUNDER & CEO, SUPER{SET}

A Member of Spectrum’s Board, Tom is a serial tech entrepreneur. For the past 20+ years, Tom’s professional focus has centered on using data, decision science, and AI to solve hard, interesting problems. Prior to forming super{set}, Tom was the CEO and co-founder of Krux, a mar-tech platform acquired by Salesforce in 2016. Before Krux, Tom was the CEO and co-founder of Rapt, a provider of software for media monetization acquired by Microsoft in 2007. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Philosophy from Harvard and PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford, where he was a NASA Doctoral Fellow.


Advisors

YACOV SALOMON

LECTURER, U.C. BERKELEY

Having received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, Yacov began his career in academia before working as a Senior Data Scientist at Brandscreen, BigCommerce, and Krux (acquired by Salesforce). He’s an entrepreneur and a Graduate Lecturer (MIDS) at U.C. Berkeley.

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ROB DYER

COO, CAPCOM U.S.

An executive-level professional with significant contributions to the growth of the interactive entertainment /video gaming industry, Rob Dyer’s successes are centered on planning/ guiding businesses throughout numerous lifecycles including Sales/ Marketing and Venture Financing.

 
 
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GORDON MCLEOD

MEDIA EXECUTIVE

Gordon is a media veteran. He’s served as President of SI.com, The Wall Street Journal, Krux (acquired by Salesforce), and Newsday. Gordon earned his Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

 
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VIVEK VAIDYA

CO-FOUNDER & CTO, SUPER{SET}

Vivek has built multiple industry-leading tech companies in enterprise software, data management, analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last 20+ years. Vivek holds an MS in Mathematics and Computer Applications from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Denver.

 
 

SCOTT WATERMAN

MACHINE LEARNING EXECUTIVE

An experienced search, language modeling, text mining, and machine learning scientist, Scott has worked at the forefront of artificial intelligence for over 20 years. Most notably, he’s served as Chief Scientist of Diffbot and Sovereign Intelligence, and as a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft.

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LIVIA POLANYI

PROFESSOR OF LINGUISTICS, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Having operated in both the technology and academic sectors, Livia currently works as a Consulting Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. Prior, she served as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft, Principal Scientist at Powerset, and Associate Professor of Linguistics at Rice University.