Meet the management Team

Massimiliano “Max” Versace

CEO

Max is the co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc., and the company visionary. After his pioneering research in brain-inspired computing and deep networks, he continues to inspire and lead the world of autonomous robotics.  He has spoken at dozens of events and venues, including TedX, NASA, the Pentagon, Los Alamos National Labs, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, Mitsubishi, ABB and Accenture, among others. His work was featured in IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, Fortune, Tech Crunch, Venture Beat, Geek Magazine, CNN, MSNBC and many other media. Max is a Fulbright scholar, has authored dozens of academic publications, holds several patents and two Ph.Ds: Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy; Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, USA.

Anatoly Gorshechnikov

CTO

Anatoly, Neurala’s co-founder and CTO, has over 15 years of experience in the development of massively parallel software for neural computation, and was one of the pioneers in applying GPGPU to neural modeling. In Neurala, he manages the tech team and oversees the technology’s development. Anatoly has a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University and an MS in Computer Science. As an Assistant Professor at Boston University, Anatoly introduced over 70 students to computational modeling of the brain and guided several of them through their PhD programs. He has over 30 scientific publications to his name on topics including neural modeling of rodent spatial processing and navigation, massively parallel software for modeling neural activity, and perspectives and mechanisms of standardization of these models and underlying software.

Heather Ames

COO

Heather is Neurala’s co-founder and COO, and brings to the team her diverse executive skills ranging from oversight of multi-million dollar applied research initiatives, strategic planning, product management, and leading translation of research into commercial products. Heather enjoys finding ways in which artificial intelligence can be used to enhance consumer interactions with robots. Previously, Heather has served as the Executive Director and Co-PI of the NSF-sponsored CELEST Science of Learning Center at Boston University. Heather holds a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University and a BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley.

Roger Matus

VP of Products and Markets

Roger is a serial entrepreneur who has spent his entire career launching new technologies and building technology companies.  He is a recognized marketing and business development expert, having won Software Magazine’s prestigious “Best Marketing Strategy of the Year” award. As VP of Marketing for Dragon Systems, he launched Dragon NaturallySpeaking, the world’s first large vocabulary speech recognition product, and grew the company to $80-million in revenue. As CEO of InBoxer, he built an award-winning email filtering and categorizing software company that sold more than 50,000 copies on six continents to consumers, businesses and Fortune 50 companies.  He has appeared nationally on ABC World News Tonight, The Nightly Business Report, NPR’s Marketplace and more.  Roger holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MS in Engineering from Boston University and a BA from Syracuse University.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Massimiliano
Versace

Neurala

Heather
Ames

Neurala

Ben
Lambert

Pelion Venture Partners

Cesare
Maifredi

360 Capital Partners

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  • “Neurala’s real value-proposition is its ability to execute machine learning frameworks, locally, with limited resources.”
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  • “Able to function without having to rely on the internet or communicate personal information to a third party”
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