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Deploying Machine Learning for the Enterprise on Apache Spark and Apache Spot

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For May we have 2 prominent local companies: Versive (formerly Context Relevant) and Algorithmia.

These Madrona Ventures portfolio Seattle machine learning companies are building awesome tech at the intersection of Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, and Big Data, leveraging open-source technologies like Apache Spark and Apache Spot to build the next generation of enterprise technologies.

Snacks and drinks are on us. Come enjoy the talks, then mingle with some of the brightest minds in tech.

Dustin Hillard, VP of Engineering, Versive

Dustin is responsible for leading product development and innovation. His vision is founded on simplifying and accelerating the adoption of machine learning for new use cases. Prior to Versive, Dustin was an early data scientist on Cortana at Microsoft and worked in ad-revenue and relevance at Yahoo! He has deep ML experience in speech recognition, translation, natural language processing, and advertising, and has published over 30 papers in these areas. Dustin holds a BS, Masters, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Kenny Daniel
CTO and founder

Kenny Daniel is founder and CTO of Algorithmia. He came up with the idea for Algorithmia while working on his PhD and seeing the plethora of algorithms that never saw the light of day. Kenny’s goal with Algorithmia is to accelerate AI development by creating a marketplace where algorithm developers can share their creations and application developers can make their applications smarter by incorporating the latest machine-learning algorithms. Kenny has also worked with companies like wine enthusiast app Delectable to build out their deep learning-based image recognition systems. It was during this time that Kenny saw the possibilities of what can be achieved when companies have access to state-of-the-art AI tools. Kenny holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California, where he studied artificial intelligence and mechanism design.