Welcome to Numenta

Numenta, Inc. aims to be a catalyst in the emerging field of machine intelligence. Numenta builds solutions that help companies automatically and intelligently act on machine generated data. Its biologically inspired machine learning technology is based on a theory of the neocortex first described in co-founder Jeff Hawkins’ book, On Intelligence. This technology is ideal for large-scale analysis of continuously streaming datasets and excels at modeling and predicting patterns in data. Its first commercial product, called Grok, offers a breakthrough solution for anomaly detection for IT Analytics. Grok enables superior insights into IT systems to identify unusual behavior and reduce business downtime. In addition, Numenta has created NuPIC (Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing) as an open source project. Numenta is based in Redwood City, California. It is privately funded.

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 and Yale University, and serves as a trustee for 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. It is his belief that Numenta will play a catalytic role in the emerging field of machine intelligence.

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, his thesis on computational neuroscience models of visual attention, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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.

Ed Colligan

Ed Colligan

Former President & CEO, Palm, Inc.

Ed's first big success was Radius, Inc. where he was part of building the Radius brand to be synonymous with graphics and graphics imaging at the outset of the desktop publishing revolution. Ed was the first VP of marketing for Palm, where he helped develop the original PalmPilot and the Palm brand. He moved on to found Handspring, where Ed and his partners created the forbearer of all future smartphones: the Handspring Treo and drove the merger between Palm and Handspring. Ed then returned as CEO of Palm, where he spearheaded the transformation that created the highly acclaimed WebOS platform and Palm Pre line of smartphones.

Ed now spends his time investing in and mentoring entrepreneurs with the goal of helping to establish the next generation of breakthrough products and brands. 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 and Yale University, and serves as a trustee for 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. It is his belief that Numenta will play a catalytic role in the emerging field of machine intelligence.

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.

Careers at Numenta

Life at Numenta

Come join a startup that feels like a family. We may be serious about science, but we’ve got a work-hard, play-hard attitude. We’re cracking the code on machine intelligence, while supporting each other along the way. Our fully stocked kitchen, with snacks that vary from caffeine to carrots, will help fuel you through the day. We enjoy company events, game nights and happy hours in our downtime. In the past, we've sailed the bay, caught a San Jose Earthquakes game, and played some competitive bocce ball. Additional perks include a discretionary vacation policy and being a short walk from the Redwood City Caltrain Station.

  • Marketing Manager

    This individual will be a key member of the Numenta Marketing team, reporting to the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. He or she will have responsibility for supporting marketing efforts at Numenta. This position is full-time and offers competitive salary, benefits as well as participation in the Numenta stock option program. It is based in downtown Redwood City, CA.

    Responsibilities

    • Design and execution of marketing programs and tactics in support of marketing goals (e.g., building brand awareness, demand generation); includes definition of marketing mix of tactics such as events, search/PPC/SEO, email promotions, webinars, social media, PR/AR
    • Design and development of content, assets and offers to support marketing program goals (e.g., web copy, videos, white papers, briefs, case studies)
    • Manage overall communications plan
    • Manage marketing operations including CRM, marketing platforms, social media properties, website, contact and list management
    • Manage inbound customer inquiry and leads
    • Support development of overall messaging and positioning
    • Support overall press, analyst and influencers activities
    • Independently resolve issues and assist teams with overcoming obstacles

    Requirements

    • 6-8 years of experience in marketing, preferably with a mix of experience product marketing, corporate marketing, marketing communications, and/or press/analyst relations)
    • 3-5 years in consumer or enterprise software
    • Experience with digital marketing (e.g., SEO, PPC, Organic Search)
    • Preference for candidates who have familiarity with data-related technologies (business intelligence, analytics, machine learning, predictive analytics)
    • Superior written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience with user and usability testing, focus groups
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Comfortable in a startup environment – flexible, hard-working, positive attitude, ok with ambiguity and quickly changing environment
    • Bachelor’s degree business with strong academic performance
    • MBA preferred

    Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to resume-marketing@numenta.com Numenta is an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

  • Numenta Internship Program

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Numenta is unable to consider internship applications from international students unless they are currently enrolled in a US University, are US Citizens, or hold a Green Card.

    A limited number of paid internship positions are available throughout the year starting Fall (September) 2014. We currently do not have any more openings for Spring and Summer of 2014.

    The commitment is for 3 to 6 months, full time. Numenta's interns will get exposure to all aspects of CLA learning algorithms and our streaming analytics platform. We have internship positions in the following areas:

    Algorithms Internships

    What you can expect to learn:

    • The challenges of deploying complex machine learning algorithms in a production environment
    • Deep understanding of our open source machine learning algorithms

    Desired qualifications:

    • Experience with machine learning or pattern recognition algorithms
    • Strong experience with conducting machine learning experiments. This includes writing and evaluating machine learning algorithms
    • Excellent programming skills in either Python (preferred), Java or C++
    • Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in CS, EE or related disciplines
    • Preference given to candidates who have working knowledge of NuPIC or have contributed to the NuPIC community
    • Experience with data analytics

    Software Engineering Internships

    Our innovative real time streaming data prediction service runs locally and in the cloud, and includes both web and mobile applications. A developer API allows customers to integrate the service directly into their business.

    There are many interesting problems related to data analytics, visualization, architecting web based API's, and running complex algorithms reliably and quickly. As a Software Engineering intern, you will be exposed to all of these exciting areas.

    What you can expect to learn:

    • Improved understanding of data science
    • Improved understanding of modern software engineering practices
    • Working with professional development teams and experienced industry veterans

    Desired qualifications:

    • Excellent programming skills in at least one language, preferably Java, Python or C++
    • Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in CS, EE or related disciplines
    • Web development experience (REST, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jquery, etc)
    • Good understanding of cloud systems
    • Experience with machine learning or data analytics
    • Experience with the latest web technologies
    • Experience with NuPIC

    How to Apply

    Qualified applicants should send the following:

    • Cover letter describing their specific interest in Numenta. Please include any relevant experience with NuPIC.
    • Resume, including list of relevant course work.
    • Period of the internship (e.g.: summer, January-March, etc.)
    • Which area of internship you would like to be considered for.

    Please email resume and cover letter to interns@numenta.com.

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