HEAVY.AI Leadership Team
Jon is CEO of HEAVY.AI. Jon has 30 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience building both global enterprise software companies and SaaS-based start-ups. Prior to HEAVY.AI, Jon was SVP of global sales and marketing for Appen, an ASX100 company, providing data services and technology for AI/ML. Before that he was co-founder and CEO of OpsPanda, a leading application for sales resource management acquired by Xactly. Jon’s additional leadership roles include Chief Revenue Officer at Replicon, CEO of Host Analytics, Group Vice President at Oracle, and SVP & GM, Americas at Hyperion. Jon received his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Founder & CTO
Todd is the CTO and co-founder of HEAVY.AI. Todd originally conceived of the idea of a GPU-accelerated analytics platform while conducting graduate research at Harvard on the role of social media in the Arab Spring, after tiring of waiting hours or sometimes days for traditional CPU-based platforms to run analytic workflows over hundreds of millions of tweets. He later joined MIT’s CSAIL as a research fellow, under the supervision of Sam Madden and Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker, before founding HEAVY.AI.
Gayle is the Chief Commercial Officer at HEAVY.AI, where she leads the company’s day-to-day commercial field operations. Her primary focus is on scaling and delivering customer-focused, high-performance enterprise teams that drive profitable hyper-growth across SaaS and software businesses.
She has more than two decades of leadership experience across sales, marketing, and strategic alliances. She brings deep GTM and field operations experience in the data and analytics space, ranging from publicly traded high-tech organizations to Series A. Before HEAVY.AI, Gayle was VP of NA GTM for Domo, a BI and advanced analytics platform. Before that, she was SVP and GM NA Sales at Privitar, a data privacy platform. Gayle’s additional roles include COO at FaunaDB, a distributed document-relational database, and senior leadership roles at D2IQ, Datastax, and Oracle.
VP of Engineering
Pey is HEAVY.AI's Vice President of Engineering and leads all aspects of development. With more than 15 years of proven engineering leadership, Pey has expertise in delivering world-class enterprise and consumer applications. She joined HEAVY.AI from Amazon where she built the first Alexa team in Vancouver and launched the Alexa Skills Kit simulators and testing platforms. Prior to that, Pey led performance, QA, and engineerings teams at NetApp launching their large scale high performance object, CIFS, and NFS storage platforms.
Dr. Mike Flaxman, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Flaxman is HEAVY.AI’s Product Lead. In addition to leading product strategy at HEAVY.AI, Dr. Flaxman focuses on the combination of geographic analysis with machine learning, or “geoML.” He has served on the faculties of MIT, Harvard and the University of Oregon. Dr. Flaxman has participated in GIS projects in 17 countries. He has been a Fulbright fellow, and served as an advisor to the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Flaxman previously served as industry manager for Architecture, Engineering and Construction at ESRI, the world’s largest developer of GIS technology. Dr. Flaxman received his doctorate in design from Harvard University in 2001 and holds a master’s in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s in biology from Reed College.
Ray Falcione Jr.
VP & General Manager of Federal
Ray has over 30 years of experience supporting the government mission in the civilian, military and intelligence community. Prior to joining HEAVY.AI, Ray was the Director of Federal Programs at Adobe, Inc., serving national security, law enforcement, Homeland Security and military intelligence customers. Before that he held the position of Vice President at Software AG Government Solutions, a software systems integrator, and served in senior management positions with Brocade, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Ray graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technologies with a minor emphasis in Computer Science and Production Manufacturing.
Board of Directors
CTO & Board Member
Todd is the CTO and Founder of HEAVY.AI. Todd built the original prototype of HEAVY.AI after tiring of the inability of conventional tools to allow for interactive exploration of big datasets while conducting his Harvard graduate research on the role of Twitter in the Arab Spring. He then joined MIT as a research fellow focusing on GPU databases before turning the HEAVY.AI project into a startup.
CEO & Board Member
Jon is CEO of HEAVY.AI. Jon has 30 years of general management, sales, and marketing experience building both global enterprise software companies and SaaS-based start-ups. Jon’s additional leadership roles include Chief Revenue Officer at Replicon, CEO of Host Analytics, Group Vice President at Oracle, and SVP & GM, Americas at Hyperion. Jon received his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Greg Papadopoulos, PhD is a Venture Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Prior to NEA, Greg was EVP and CTO of Sun Microsystems, where he guided the company’s $2B R&D portfolio. Before Sun, Greg was an Associate Professor of EECS at MIT, where he worked on massively parallel dataflow computing architectures. He also helped found a number of companies, from video conferencing (PictureTel) to computational fluid dynamics (NASDAQ:EXA), and was an engineer with HP and Honeywell. Greg holds an undergraduate degree from UCSD and an SM and PhD from MIT. He also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
Moe Kermani, Ph.D. is Managing Partner at Vanedge Capital, focusing on investments in the areas of cloud computing, infrastructure software, security, open source businesses, and vertical market solutions. Prior to Vanedge, Moe was a Vice President of NetApp (NTAP:NASDAQ), a leading provider of enterprise data storage solutions. Prior to that Moe was President and CEO of Bycast Inc., the world leader in storage virtualization software for large scale digital archives and storage clouds.
Board Member & Advisor
Samuel Madden is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research includes databases, distributed computing, and networking. Madden heads the Intel Science and Technology Center for Big Data, and BigData@CSAIL, an initiative to unite researchers at MIT and leaders from industry. Madden received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and is the recipient of awards including an NSF CAREER Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, best paper awards in VLDB 2004 and 2007, and a best paper award in MobiCom 2006.
Kristina is a Director at Verizon Ventures. She joined Verizon Ventures from Verizon’s Big Data and Artificial Intelligence product team. Prior to Verizon, Kristina was a Director at Intellectual Ventures, where she led investments in machine learning, media, advertising, and gaming technologies. Kristina’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding and leading two software companies, from their inception to acquisition. Kristina also spent several years on the strategy and corporate development teams at IBM and at NAGRA Innovations. She received an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Clifford Platt represents NVIDIA's Strategic Investments team, where he focuses on artificial intelligence, data science, autonomous machines and accelerated computing. Prior to NVIDIA, he was a member of the Venture Capital Business Development and Corporate Development teams at Amazon Web Services, following several years of experience as a Technology, Media & Telecom investment banker at Goldman Sachs and GCA Savvian. He received his B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from Duke University (Fuqua School of Business).
George has more than 25 years of entrepreneurial, operations, and venture capital investing experience in high technology companies. George is currently at IQT, the strategic venture capital arm of the Intelligence Community, where he heads up the Enterprise IT investment practice area. This investment area includes companies targeting solutions in Advanced Analytics, Cyber Security, Data Center Infrastructure, Cloud and Mobile focused technologies. Hoyem has led close to 20 investments at IQT across these investment areas. He has also backed, supported, and served on the boards of several dozen emerging technology companies over his career. Mr. Hoyem also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association, the venture capital community’s flagship trade association where he advocates for issues relevant to corporate and strategic investors.
Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market. Tom is currently a board member for Jive Software, Ombud, ThreatStream, Cloudera and is now an Advisory Board member for HEAVY.AI. Previously he was CEO of Cloudera. Previous to Cloudera Tom served as vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Before HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight, which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through its successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. Tom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering.
Jeffrey Heer works on visualization, human-computer interaction and social computing. His research investigates the perceptual, cognitive and social factors involved in making sense of data, resulting in new interactive systems for visual analysis and communication. The tools developed by his lab are used by researchers, corporations and thousands of data enthusiasts around the world. In 2009 Jeff was named to MIT Technology Review's TR35; in 2012 he was named a Sloan Foundation Research Fellow. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Owens is the Child Family Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, John leads a research group with a primary focus on GPU computing. He is an NVIDIA CUDA Fellow, cotaught Udacity's massively open online course (MOOC) "Introduction to Parallel Programming with CUDA" in 2013, and won the 2004 Department of Energy Early Career Principal Investigator Award. John earned PhD and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his BS in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kevin is an experienced technology executive with a strong track record of innovation and delivery in companies ranging from start-ups to large multi-nationals. He is currently the President of Clearbay Technology Inc., an investment and advisory company. Previously, Kevin was the Director – Group Technology Strategy and Operations at Vodafone, where he led the development of technology strategy and R&D for both networks and IT. He also managed Vodafone’s technology security, shared services, global network, and data centres. In his prior role at Vodafone, Kevin served as the CTO of the UK and Ireland. Vodafone is one of the largest service providers in the world with over 400m customers globally. Before joining Vodafone, Kevin was Executive Vice President Business Transformation and Technology Operations at TELUS, one of Canada’s largest fixed and mobile services companies. He joined TELUS in 2000 following the acquisition of Clearnet, where he was an executive. Kevin holds a B.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo.