Artificial Intelligence. I am primarily interested in advancing the state-of-the-art of what computers can do in a way that has an enormous positive impact globally. I combine deep technological knowledge and inventiveness with business and product skills.
I founded Evi (formerly True Knowledge) in 2005 based on technology I invented.
The technology uses a huge knowledge base of the world's common sense, factual and lexical knowledge to understand natural language and reason to answer questions. The consistent vision was and still is a world you could just ask computers for what you wanted in plain English, be understood and get back exactly what you asked for.
I was the CEO of the business for almost all the company history and we raised multiple rounds of venture capital prior to a successful acquisition by Amazon in 2012. Within Amazon I was a leader in the team that defined, built and launched Echo and Alexa which is now one of the hottest consumer tech products in the US (and more recently the UK and Germany). With the acquisition a big success I made the difficult decision to leave Amazon in February 2016.