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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Jean Paoli
Co-Founder
Jean Paoli, a pioneer in the field of document engineering, is one the inventors of XML and, during his time at Microsoft, ​started 4 >$1B businesses for the company: the XML effort, Microsoft InfoPath, the modern Microsoft Office file formats and Microsoft’s open-source subsidiary that enabled today's massive open source usage in Azure. In addition he has created two startups with the renowned Inria.
Ecole Des Ponts • Inria Startups • Microsoft

 

Engineering

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
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Andrew Begun
Co-Founder

Andrew was an Engineering Manager at Microsoft​ who co-created Microsoft InfoPath​ and was responsible for shipping critical parts of Windows​.

Carnegie-Mellon • Microsoft
ARCHITECTURE
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Martin Sawicki
Co-Founder
Martin was an Engineering Manager at Microsoft where he co-created the Microsoft Office APIs, played a leadership role in Word ​and led the Java support effort in Azure. At Princeton, he studied CS, with a concentration in AI and cognitive studies.
Princeton • Microsoft
TECHNOLOGY
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Mike Palmer
Co-Founder
Mike was an Engineering Manager at Microsoft​ and co-created Microsoft InfoPath. Mike also co-created the AI Scheduling Assistant currently piloted in Microsoft Outlook.
University of Washington • Microsoft
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Taqi Jaffri
Co-Founder
Taqi was a Principal Product Manager at Microsoft​ responsible for shipping critical parts of Windows​. Taqi also co-created the AI technology driving Microsoft presence in physical stores.
Stanford • Microsoft
PRODUCT
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Zubin Rustom Wadia
Zubin is an engineer, product creator, and startup entrepreneur. He has built over 100 technology products for government, public safety, healthcare, banking and insurance sectors. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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PRODUCT
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Swagatika Sarangi

Swagatika brings 8+ years of experience leading product design, system design, and API design for large scale projects, and managing projects for retail, manufacturing, and education enterprises. She holds both an MBA and a Master’s in Information Systems and Operations.

ITU • University of Florida • Softpath • EPIQ
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David Watson

David is a product and brand designer focused on integrating the two into a seamless experience and has worked with numerous startups as well as Microsoft, building health apps and customer/business management platforms.

Microsoft • Animas Creative
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Manar Shehadeh

Manar is an innovative C/C++ software engineer with 4+ years of software design experience as a technical lead for a startup company. She also worked at Microsoft on developer tools and Azure-related projects.

Technion • Microsoft • Optima design automation
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Michael Taron

Michael was a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft, working on natural language processing on the OneNote team. He previously worked on the Microsoft Whiteboard app and XAML tools in Visual Studio.

WWU • Boeing • Microsoft
SOFTWARE ENGINEER
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Eric White

Eric brings 35 years of experience in systems analysis and software development. He specializes in document formats, and has architected, designed and coded extensive enterprise-class applications and systems, including critical systems for multinational organizations.

Author • Microsoft • OECD

 

Science

CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER
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Luis Marti

Luis is a world-renowned AI-Scientist in machine learning and evolutionary computation who has more than 70 peer-reviewed AI publications​ and 30 R&D collaborations over 20 years in the AI & ML industry.

Carlos III de Madrid • Federal Fluminense • Inria
NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
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Steve DeRose
Steve, PhD Linguistics, with over 50 publications and former Brown University researcher, is a distinguished scientist noted for his contributions to NLP, Computational Linguistics and to key standards related to document processing.
Brown University • National Library of Medicine
AI SCIENTIST
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Christina Pavlopoulou

Christina is focused on natural language understanding and computer vision. At Amazon, she developed algorithms for large scale text understanding. Her work at Xerox Parc centered on document understanding, and conversation analysis. She received her MS and PhD from Purdue University in Computer Vision.

Purdue University • Xerox Parc • Amazon
INTERN, AI PhD STUDENT
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YUE ZHANG

Yue is an PhD student in AI and CS at the University of Washington. Yue's research is in computational biology and machine learning. Yue has completed internships at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Google.

Brown University • University of Washington
SCIENCE ADVISOR
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Una-May O'Reilly

Una-May is the leader of the ALFA Group at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, focusing on scalable machine learning, evolutionary algorithms, large-scale knowledge mining, prediction and analytics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SCIENCE ADVISOR
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Hannaneh Hajishirzi

Hannaneh is an AI/NLP researcher at the University of Washington and leverages two complementary developments in the field of AI - symbolic representation and end-to-end deep learning neural models.

University of Washington
SCIENCE ADVISOR
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Kalyanmoy Deb

Deb holds the Herman E. & Ruth J. Koenig Endowed Chair at Michigan State University and has contributed fundamental advances to the evolutionary computation AI field, with 100,000+ Google Scholar citations.

Michigan State University
SCIENCE ADVISOR
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Marc Schoenauer

Marc is the leader at Inria of the TAU AI team that aims to tackle the vagueness of the Big Data purposes. Marc is helping to define an AI strategy for France as one of the few French mathematicians recognized in this field.

Inria
SCIENCE ADVISOR
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Vincent Quint

Vincent is a luminary of the Document Engineering field. Vincent led fundamental research in semi-structured documents at Inria and headed the W3C Document Formats Domain.

Inria • W3C

 

Business

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER
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Alan Yates

Alan jumpstarted and drove Sales & Marketing in 4 successful startups. He also created the Microsoft Worldwide Partner program​, led the Microsoft Office Business Strategy and Worldwide Education Sales & Marketing .

Harvard • Stanford • Microsoft
COMMUNICATIONS
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Mark Murray

Mark served as GM, Corporate Communications, at Microsoft and VP of Global Engagement & Communications at global health innovator PATH, driving strategic communications with worldwide impact.

Stanford • Microsoft • PATH
PARTNERSHIPS
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Isabell Sheang

Isabell served as CMO for Kavout, an AI FinTech innovator. She previously served as director of product marketing for Allytics and held key marketing and partner engagement roles at Microsoft. She received her MBA from the University of Oxford.

Oxford • Microsoft • Kavout
SALES
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Dane Renkert

Dane brings 10 years of sales experience, most recently with Komiko, Seattle-area startup that improves CRM with data and machine learning. Previously, he helped bring real estate technology startup Brivity to market and started his sales career at Zillow.

WSU • Zillow • Brivity • Komiko
OPERATIONS
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Hartley Riedner

Hartley served as vice president for operations and innovation for KernelLabs, a Seattle-based startup studio, and CEO of Asidero Software. She received her MBA from the UW Foster School of Business.

UW Foster School • Kernel Labs
OPERATIONS
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Sandy Moritz

Sandy brings 34 years of experience in budget planning, payroll and financial statement, and all accounting functions. She has worked for a wide range of businesses and non-profit organizations, and her expertise will ensure smooth planning and operation as we grow.

Shoreline Community College • Edmonds College
BUSINESS ADVISOR
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Kevin Riegelsberger

Kevin was President of Avalara, Inc., raising over $200M and helping its recent IPO. He founded Epicor, one of the industry’s largest financial ERP providers and managed the ‘turn around’ of CapitalStream from struggling start-up to industry leader.

Epicor • CapitalStream • Avalara
BUSINESS ADVISOR
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Charles Fitzgerald

Charles drove the platform strategy for VMWare Cloud Foundry and Microsoft .NET. Charles is a well-known Seattle-area angel investor and a highly regarded strategist for building and nurturing worldwide-level platform ecosystems.

Microsoft • VMWare • Platformonomics
BUSINESS ADVISOR
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Jean-Francois Abramatic

Jeff co-led, with Tim-Berners Lee, the W3C as its Chairman, drove ILOG's acquisition by IBM and fostered Inria's all-up relationship with startups & the industry at large. Jeff is on the European Open Science Cloud Executive Board.

Ilog • W3C • Inria
BUSINESS ADVISOR
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Bob Muglia

Bob served as CEO of Snowflake Computing from 2014-2019. taking it from a tiny startup into a multi-billion-dollar powerhouse. He previously led the Office, Azure, and Server and Tools businesses at Microsoft.

Microsoft • Snowflake

 

Former Interns

INTERN, AI PhD STUDENT
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KAITLYN ZHOU

Kaitlyn is starting a PhD in AI and HCI at Stanford after a Masters in CS & AI at UW; At Docugami, she focuses on User Experience, NLP & AI. She completed internships at Bloomberg & Twitter.

University of Washington • Stanford
INTERN, AI PhD STUDENT
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KEVIN LIU

Kevin is an AI PhD student and a research assistant at the University of Washington. Kevin's research is in computational statistics, applying Bayesian AI to extract better insights. Kevin also completed an internship at Alibaba.

University of Washington
INTERN, AI PhD STUDENT
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JOSHUA FAN

Joshua is starting a PhD in AI at Cornell and is finalizing an MS in AI at the University of Washington; he has completed 3 internships at Facebook and done research involving NLP, computer vision, and computational biology.

University of Washington • Cornell
INTERN, AI MS STUDENT
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ZHAOFENG WU

Zhaofeng is an AI MS student at UW with a double degree in Linguistics (B.A) and Computer Science (B.S). His research is in NLP/ML under the direct supervision of Professor Fei Xia. He has completed an intership at Axon with an upcoming one at FB.

University of Washington
INTERN, AI BS STUDENT
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ANDREW HOANG

Andrew is an AI BS student and a research assistant at the University of Washington. Andrew focuses on computer vision using machine learning . Andrew also completed internships at Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2).

University of Washington
INTERN, CS BS STUDENT
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KUSH GUPTA

Kush is a CS undergrad student and a research assistant at the UW. Kush focuses on Distributed Systems, Databases, Programming Languages and Compilers. Kush also completed an internship at Google.

University of Washington
INTERN, CS BS STUDENT
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JEROME PALIAKKARA

Jerome is a Computer Science undergrad student focusing on Data Science at the University of Washington. He has been a research assistant at the University and has also completed an internship at GE.

University of Washington

 

Board of Directors

BOARD MEMBER
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Jean Paoli
Jean Paoli, a pioneer in the field of document engineering, is one the inventors of XML and, during his time at Microsoft, ​started 4 >$1B businesses for the company: the XML effort, Microsoft InfoPath, the modern Microsoft Office file formats and Microsoft’s open-source subsidiary that enabled today's massive open source usage in Azure. In addition he has created two startups with the renowned Inria.
Ecole Des Ponts • Inria Startups • Microsoft
BOARD MEMBER
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Ilya Kirnos

lya is a co-founder and CTO at SignalFire. Previously, he was a software engineer at Google from 2004-2012, serving as technical lead for Gmail Ads, Adwords Performance and Scalability, and Google Prediction Markets. After Google, he led platform development at CardSpring, a payment platform company that was acquired by Twitter.

Google • SignalFire
BOARD MEMBER
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Bob Muglia

Bob served as CEO of Snowflake Computing from 2014-2019. taking it from a tiny startup into a multi-billion-dollar powerhouse. He previously led the Office, Azure, and Server and Tools businesses at Microsoft.

Microsoft • Snowflake

 

Investors

SignalFire

SignalFire is the first venture capital firm structured like a technology company. We take a hybrid human + technology approach to investing and are composed of a team of world-class investors and engineers building tools and infrastructure to help with the most common founder pain points – recruiting, business development, and customer acquisition. In addition, our distributed network of 75+ advisors gives founders access to some of the world’s best entrepreneurs, product minds, and engineering leaders in virtually every key discipline and industry.

NextWorld Capital

NextWorld Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in enterprise technology startups and helps them grow into global leaders. We help entrepreneurs build and optimize the right go-to-market model and then accelerate growth with our Global Enterprise Platform, designed to bring together the best enterprise startups and 100+ of the largest global corporates as customers and partners. NextWorld’s investments include Zuora (ZUO), Gong.io and HeadSpin. NextWorld is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London and Paris.

Cutting-Edge Document Technologists and Document Users

1.    Bob Muglia, former CEO of Snowflake Computing and former head of Microsoft’s Office and Azure businesses.
2.    Grammarly | https://app.grammarly.com/
3.    Greg Badros, former head of Google Apps; Founder and CEO of Prepared Mind Innovations.
4.    Shishir Mehrotra, Co-founder and CEO, Coda, the online documents and spreadsheets company.
5.    Kevin Reigelsberger, former president, Avalara.
6.    Fenwick & West Investments. 
7.    Barry Abbott, partner, Lane Powell & Associates.
8.    Alan Smith, partner, Fenwick & West.

Silicon Valley, Paris and Seattle-Area Angel Investors

1.    Thomas Reardon, co-founder of CTRL-Labs, which is developing technologies to translate neural and muscular impulses to control devices, and was recently acquired by Facebook.
2.    Ellen Levy, former head of corporate and business development at LinkedIn, Ellen Levy SPT.
3.    Sarah Imbach, former senior executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, and 23andMe, SIAN Ventures LLC.
4.    Sunil Chhaya, Silicon Valley angel investor.
5.    Marc Jalabert, former executive at Microsoft Western Europe, Acequia Capital, LLC.
6.    Hank Vigil, former senior vice president for strategy and partnerships at Microsoft, Acequia Capital, LLC.