Company

Numenta’s mission is to lead a new era of machine intelligence. Our technology, Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM), is a detailed computational framework based on principles of the brain along with an extensive suite of software operating on HTM principles. Our HTM learning algorithms are available through the NuPIC open source community and are embedded in our commercial applications.

Our business model is to broadly license software and intellectual property. We believe that HTM can greatly impact the world, and an extensive licensing strategy will enable this technology to be embedded within many different applications. If you are interested in learning more about how you can apply Numenta machine intelligence, we welcome your inquiry.

Team

Management Team

Donna Dubinsky

Donna Dubinsky

CEO and Co-Founder

Donna first partnered with Jeff Hawkins at Palm, Inc. in 1992, where she served as president and CEO. She held this position throughout Palm’s acquisition by U.S Robotics and subsequently 3Com Corporation. In 1998, Donna and Jeff co-founded Handspring, creator of the category-defining Treo smartphone. Handspring merged with Palm in 2003, and Donna continued to serve on Palm’s board until 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Inc. in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary.

Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is currently on the board of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Yale University, and the Computer History Museum.

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Jeff is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor and author. His life-long interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex has driven his passion for building a technology based on neocortical theory. Previously, he founded two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and is the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 Jeff wrote the book, On Intelligence, which outlines Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) and describes progress on understanding the neocortex.

Jeff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Subutai Ahmad

Subutai Ahmad

VP of Research

Subutai brings experience across real time systems, computer vision and learning to Numenta. He has previously served as VP Engineering at YesVideo, Inc. where he helped grow the company from a three-person start-up to a leader in automated digital media authoring. In 1997, Subutai co- founded ePlanet Interactive, a spin-off from Interval Research. ePlanet developed the IntelPlay Me2Cam, the first computer vision product developed for consumers. He has served as a key researcher at Interval Research.

Subutai holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursing his Ph.D, Subutai completed a thesis on computational neuroscience models of visual attention.

Craig Vaughan

Craig Vaughan

VP of Marketing and Product Management

Craig has 20 years experience in a broad range of business roles across enterprise technology companies. He has previously held global leadership roles in marketing and sales at SAP, where he managed strategic marketing and sales programs, competitive programs and business development. Craig led product management and marketing at Moai Technologies and spent over five years at Accenture, working on multiple process/system integration projects. He has also held roles in strategy consulting and venture capital, focusing on high-growth emerging companies.

Craig holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cornell University, an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and M.Sci in Analytics from New York University.

Celeste Baranski

Celeste Baranski

VP of Engineering

Celeste has vast experience in high tech engineering, design and management. Previously, Celeste was SVP Engineering & Operations at Panasas, a Big Data storage provider. She was CEO and Co-Founder of Vitamin D, one of the first developers to use the NuPIC platform. Celeste also served in VP Engineering roles at Palm and at Handspring, where she led the companies’ engineering efforts for handheld computers and smartphones. Celeste has built effective engineering teams, starting from a few to over 500 and has delivered numerous successful and award-winning products.

Celeste holds both a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Board of Directors

Ed Colligan

Ed Colligan

Former President & CEO, Palm, Inc.

Ed has been a part of the core team of five Silicon Valley start-ups. Ed’s first big success was Radius, Inc. where he was instrumental in building products and the brand. After Radius, Ed was the first vice president of marketing for Palm where he helped develop the original Palm Pilot, the Palm brand and Palm's product strategy. He moved on from Palm to found Handspring where Ed and his partners created the forbearer of all future smartphones; the Handspring Treo. Ed drove the transaction that reunited Palm and Handspring into a single Palm again. He established relationships with wireless carriers globally and drove Palm’s annual smartphone business to more than $2 billion. As the CEO of Palm, Ed spearheaded the transformation that created the WebOS platform and Palm Pre line of smartphones.

Ed now spends his time investing in and mentoring entrepreneurs. Ed is a board member of Numenta, Inc., Active Mind Technology, and POPS Worldwide, and is an investor and on the board of advisors of six other start-up companies. Ed holds a B.S. from the University of Oregon.

Donna Dubinsky

Donna Dubinsky

CEO and Co-Founder

Donna first partnered with Jeff Hawkins at Palm, Inc. in 1992, where she served as president and CEO. She held this position throughout Palm’s acquisition by U.S Robotics and subsequently 3Com Corporation. In 1998, Donna and Jeff co-founded Handspring, creator of the category-defining Treo smartphone. Handspring merged with Palm in 2003, and Donna continued to serve on Palm’s board until 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Inc. in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary.

Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is currently on the board of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Yale University, and the Computer History Museum.

Mike Farmwald

Mike Farmwald

General Partner, Skymoon Ventures

Mike Farmwald is a successful serial entrepreneur. He has founded many companies with breakthrough technologies including FTL, a super computing company that merged with MIPs, Epigram, which was acquired by Broadcom, Rambus and Matrix Semiconductor, a creator of 3D integrated circuits.

Mike currently sits on the board of Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS). He is participating on the Numenta board as an individual, rather than as a representative of Skymoon Ventures. Mike holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Jeff is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor and author. His life-long interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex has driven his passion for building a technology based on neocortical theory. Previously, he founded two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and is the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 Jeff wrote the book, On Intelligence, which outlines Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM) and describes progress on understanding the neocortex.

Jeff earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 1979. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Harry Saal

Harry Saal

Chairman of ZERO1, the Arts & Technology Network

In 2002, Dr. Harry J. Saal was chosen by the US Department of Justice to lead the Technical Committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft Antitrust case, and he served as Chairman of the Committee through the May 2011 expiration of the Judgment.

Harry founded Nestar Systems, a pioneer in local area network systems, in 1978. In 1986, Harry became the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation, the first company wholly dedicated to the area of network diagnostics. From 1993 through 1995, Harry served as founding CEO and President of Smart Valley, Inc., a non-profit organization chartered to create a regional electronic community based on an advanced information infrastructure and the collective ability to use it.

Harry is active in philanthropy and community affairs, and serves on the board of the American Institute of Mathematics, among others. Harry holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.