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Careers

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We may be busy contemplating cortical theory, but we’ve got a work-hard, play-hard attitude. Our kitchen is stocked with snacks, and we enjoy weekly catered lunches from a variety of local restaurants.

At the heart of the peninsula, our downtown Redwood City location is a short walk from the Caltrain station. Outside the office, we blow off steam with company events, happy hours, and other fun activities. In the past, we’ve cheered on the SF Giants, baked pies at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, and do-si-doed through the night.

While we aren’t currently hiring full-time positions, we are always looking for strong research candidates to join us through our research internships. We also welcome young researchers, established professors, and scientists to join our Visiting Scholar Program.

Current Openings

Management Team

  • Donna Dubinsky

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Numenta Careers and Team – Donna Dubinsky

    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 served on the board of Yale University from 2006-2018, including two years as Senior Fellow.

  • Jeff Hawkins

    Co-Founder
    Numenta Careers and Team – Jeff Hawkins

    Jeff is a scientist whose life-long interest in neuroscience led to the creation of Numenta and its focus on neocortical theory. His research focuses on how the cortex learns predictive models of the world through sensation and movement. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, where he served as Director for three years. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he co-founded two companies, Palm and Handspring, where he designed products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2004 he wrote “On Intelligence”, a book about cortical theory.

    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

    VP of Research
    Numenta Careers and Team – Subutai Ahmad

    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 pursuing his Ph.D, Subutai completed a thesis on computational neuroscience models of visual attention.

  • Celeste Baranski

    VP of Engineering
    Numenta Careers and Team – Celeste Baranski

    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.

  • Christy Maver

    VP of Marketing
    Numenta Careers and Team – Christy Maver

    Christy brings nearly two decades of technology marketing and communications experience to Numenta. Previously, she launched analytics programs for the Retail and Healthcare industries as the Global Product Marketing Director of Analytics at Actian. Christy held a number of software marketing roles during her 13 years at IBM, where she managed user groups, produced live demos and developed big data video tutorials. She was also one of the founding members of IBM’s thought leadership group: the IBM Institute for Business Value.

    Christy holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University.

Board of Directors

  • Ed Colligan

    Former President & CEO, Palm, Inc.
    Numenta Careers and Team – Ed Colligan

    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

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Numenta Careers and Team – Donna Dubinsky

    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 Yale University.

  • Mike Farmwald

    General Partner, Skymoon Ventures
    Numenta Careers and Team – Mike Farmwald

    Mike 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

    Co-Founder
    Numenta Careers and Team – Jeff Hawkins

    Jeff is a scientist whose life-long interest in neuroscience led to the creation of Numenta and its focus on neocortical theory. His research focuses on how the cortex learns predictive models of the world through sensation and movement. In 2002, he founded the Redwood Neuroscience Institute, where he served as Director for three years. The institute is currently located at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he co-founded two companies, Palm and Handspring, where he designed products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. In 2004 he wrote “On Intelligence”, a book about cortical theory.

    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

    Chairman, Retrotope, Inc.
    Numenta Careers and Team – Harry Saal

    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.

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