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.

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Team

Donna Dubinsky

Donna Dubinsky

CEO and Co-Founder

Donna joined Jeff Hawkins in 1992 to become president and CEO of Palm, a position she held through 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. In October 2003, Handspring merged with Palm, where Dubinsky continued to serve on the board until early 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Computer in a variety of sales, sales support and logistics functions both at Apple and at Claris, Apple's software subsidiary.

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

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Jeff Hawkins is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor, and author. He was a founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and was the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is now located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 he wrote the book On Intelligence, which describes progress on understanding the neocortex. In 2005 he co-founded Numenta, a startup company building a technology based on neocortical theory. It is his hope that Grok will play a catalytic role in the emerging field of machine intelligence.

Jeff Hawkins 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 and Development

Subutai Ahmad brings experience across real time systems, computer vision and learning to his leadership of the Numenta Engineering team. Prior to Numenta, Subutai served as VP Engineering at YesVideo, Inc. From 1999 until 2005, he helped grow YesVideo from a three-person start-up to a leader in automated digital media authoring. YesVideo's real time video analysis systems have been deployed internationally on a variety of platforms: Large scale distributed clusters, retail minilabs, and consumer set-top DVD Recorders. In 1997, he co- founded ePlanet Interactive, a spin-off from Interval Research. ePlanet created the IntelPlay Me2Cam, the first computer vision product developed for consumers. Previously, Subutai served as a researcher at Interval Research.

Subutai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a PhD in Computer Science (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 brings 20 years of experience in a broad range of business roles across enterprise technology companies. Most recently, Craig held global leadership roles in marketing and sales at SAP - managing strategic marketing and sales programs, competitive programs and business development. Previously, Craig led product management and marketing at Moai Technologies and worked on multiple process/system integration projects over five years at Accenture. He has also held roles in strategy consulting and venture capital, focusing on high-growth emerging companies.

Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (with majors in Marketing and Finance).

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 vice president of marketing for Palm where he helped develop the original PalmPilot and the Palm brand. Ed left Palm to found Handspring where he 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. As the CEO of Palm, Ed 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 bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.

Donna Dubinsky

Donna Dubinsky

CEO and Co-Founder

Donna joined Jeff Hawkins in 1992 to become president and CEO of Palm, a position she held through 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. In October 2003, Handspring merged with Palm, where Dubinsky continued to serve on the board until early 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Computer in a variety of sales, sales support and logistics functions both at Apple and at Claris, Apple's software subsidiary.

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

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, Rambus - a developer of high-bandwidth interfaces for memories and other chips, Chromatic Research - a developer of media processors that was acquired by ATI Technologies, Epigram - a creator of advanced semiconductor home networking technology that was acquired by Broadcom, and Matrix Semiconductor - a creator of 3D integrated circuits.

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

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Co-Founder

Jeff Hawkins is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, scientist, inventor, and author. He was a founder of two mobile computing companies, Palm and Handspring, and was the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. In 2002 he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, a scientific institute focused on understanding how the neocortex processes information. The institute is now located at U.C. Berkeley. In 2004 he wrote the book On Intelligence, which describes progress on understanding the neocortex. In 2005 he co-founded Numenta, a startup company building a technology based on neocortical theory. It is his hope that Grok will play a catalytic role in the emerging field of machine intelligence.

Jeff Hawkins 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. He served as Chairman of the Committee through the May 2011 expiration of the Judgment.

Harry Saal 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, having served as Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, the President of Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley, and the Vice Chairman of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter.

Harry holds a BA, MA and PhD in Physics from Columbia University. Harry serves on the board of the American Institute of Mathematics, among others.

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Life at Numenta

We're a startup that feels like a family. The kitchen is stocked with caffeinated drinks and fruit, and we sit around the table and eat lunch together, chatting about topics ranging from brain theory to zombie apocalypse tips. Perks include a discretionary vacation policy, being in walking distance from the Redwood City Caltrain station, and challenging world cup pools.

  • Product Manager

    This individual will be a key member of the Numenta Product Management team, reporting to the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. He or she will have primary responsibility for one or more products in the Numenta product portfolio, as well as support other product-related efforts. This person will work closely with our founder who seeks a partner to create outstanding products that impact our customers’ lives. 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

    • Own and manage one or more products based on Numenta technology, including:
      • Perform primary or secondary market / user research
      • Perform competitive analyses
      • Create MRD, PRD, roadmaps, release schedules
      • Manage feature requirements to support agile development
      • Support product documentation
      • Support usability or other user testing
      • Provide customer support as needed
    • Actively drive product design in close collaboration with other product leaders:
      • Develop deep understanding of and empathy for user and use cases
      • Drive iterative improvement and simplification of user interface
      • Proactively seek ways to improve overall user experience
      • Document functional and UI designs
    • Collaborate with leadership team to drive long term strategy for company and technology
    • Manage collaboration between product, engineering and business to ensure that deliverables are understood, projects and features are prioritized, and deadlines are met
    • Independently resolve issues and assist teams with overcoming obstacles
    • Support as needed outbound marketing activities including positioning and messaging, campaign development and execution, offer development

    Requirements

    • 5-7 years of product management, product marketing or related experience
    • 3-5 years in consumer or enterprise software
    • Passion for great product design (i.e., you sweat every pixel on a display and believe in integrated product design).
    • Preference for candidates who have familiarity with analytical or machine learning approaches such as Deep Learning, Arima, Neural Networks, Decision Trees, Clustering/KNN, Regression
    • Fluency in agile development and product development life cycle
    • Experience with user and usability testing, focus groups
    • Proven ability to interact with and be respected by strong engineering teams
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Comfortable in a startup environment – flexible, hard-working, positive attitude, ok with ambiguity and quickly changing environment
    • BS in technology, computer science, or 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.

  • 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

    • 4-6 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. Grok'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

    Tools and Automation Internships

    At Numenta, we take testing seriously, and are running a continuous deployment process. As a Tools and Automation intern you will work on tooling and automation for our build, deployment, and testing processes. You will tackle challenging and interesting problems in delivering reliable, high quality software. If you have ever wondered what happens once the unit tests pass, this is the internship for you.

    What you can expect to learn:

    • How to develop, test, deploy, and manage modern applications
    • Best practices for working in a professional development team with experienced industry veterans
    • Improved understanding of data science

    Desired qualifications:

    • Excellent software development and Unix skills
    • Enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in CS, EE or related
    • Comfort with dynamic scripting language like Python or Ruby
    • Experience with AWS API's or other cloud technologies
    • Understanding of web technologies like HTTP, Nginx, etc.
    • Experience with open source deployment technologies like Chef or Puppet.
    • Experience with monitoring technologies like Nagios, Ganglia, or Sensu.

    How to Apply

    Qualified applicants should send the following:

    • Cover letter describing their specific interest in Grok. 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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