We may be busy contemplating cortical theory, but we’ve got a work-hard, play-hard attitude. At the heart of the peninsula, our downtown Redwood City location is a short walk from the Caltrain station. When we are in the office, our kitchen is stocked with snacks, and we enjoy weekly catered lunches from a variety of local restaurants. Outside the office, we enjoy getting together for 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.
In addition to our full-time positions, we are always looking for strong research candidates to join us through our research internships.
Numenta Work Environment
Numenta is based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a physical office in downtown Redwood City. We are currently requesting that employees work from the office on Tuesday and Wednesday. The remaining days, employees can choose to work from the office or from home. Although we favor employees who are based in the Bay Area, we can make exceptions. In those cases, we ask that employees travel to the Bay Area at least two times per year at specified times. The Numenta office is restricted to people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Prospective employees should be prepared to submit documentation of vaccination.
Donna is a serial entrepreneur best known for her work as CEO of Palm Computing and then Handspring, pioneers of the first successful handheld computers and smartphones. Previously, Donna spent 10 years in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary. She founded Numenta with her long-time business partner, Jeff Hawkins, in 2005.
Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In addition to chairing Numenta’s board, she currently serves on the board of Twilio (NYSE: TWLO). Donna also served on the board of Yale University from 2006-2018, including two years as Senior Fellow.
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. Jeff has written two books, On Intelligence (2004 with Sandra Blakeslee) and A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence (2021).
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 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.
Christy brings more than 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.
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.
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.
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.