The Brains Behind the Intelligence

Neurala Team
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About Us

Between them, our three founders have four PhDs, 19 patents, and decades of experience working together to create groundbreaking AI. It started in a coffee shop in 2006: Max said to Anatoli, “Someday we’ll be able to run these models on a cell phone.” Anatoli promptly spit out his coffee. Just a few short years later, we created The Neurala Brain - our award-winning and patented AI technology that can run on the edge and on the lightest of devices. It’s based on advanced research work cofounders Versace, Gorshechnikov and Ames conducted for NASA, DARPA and the Air Force Research Labs.

In 2013, Neurala emerged from stealth mode and joined the Techstars program to deploy our AI at a commercial scale. Now, we work with some of the most innovative companies in the world to bring intelligence to products and devices as diverse as drones and smartphones. We are harnessing the power of the brain to find solutions to problems that change the world in meaningful ways. Neurala’s groundbreaking technology has been hailed one of the most innovative in the world by several organizations, including Draper Ventures, CB Insights, the Edison Awards, Netexplo / UNESCO, Softech INTL, AUVSI, BostInno, and MassTLC.

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Neurala Leadership

Dr. Massimiliano Versace
Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Massimiliano Versace

Max continues to lead the world of intelligent devices after his pioneering breakthroughs in brain-inspired computing. He has spoken at numerous events including a keynote at Mobile World Congress Drone Summit, TedX, NASA, the Pentagon, GTC, InterDrone, GE, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, AI World, ABB and Accenture among many others. His work has been featured in TIME, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Nasdaq, Associated Press and hundreds more. He holds several patents and two PhDs: Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy. Max’s appetite for advanced technology rivals his anachronistic music taste, saying “I don’t listen to Beethoven, he’s too commercial”.

Dr. Heather Ames
Co-founder and COO

Dr. Heather Ames

Heather contributes diverse executive skills ranging from overseeing multi-million dollar applied research initiatives, strategic planning, product management, and leading translation of research into commercial products. Heather has spoken at TechCrunch, Forrester, The Robotics Summit and more. She was honored at Google's headquarters as being one of the Top 10 Women in Cloud emerging technology. Heather has served as the Executive Director of the NSF-sponsored CELEST Science of Learning Center at Boston University. She holds a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University and a BS in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California at Berkeley. Heather was the first person in her family to graduate college.

Dr. Anatoli Gorchechnikov
Co-founder and CTO

Dr. Anatoli Gorchechnikov

Anatoli has over 20 years of experience developing massively parallel software for neural computation, he is a pioneer in applying general-purpose computing on graphics processing units to neural modeling. Anatoli has spoken at every major neural network conference as well as at GTC, DARPA, The National Institute for Aerospace and a keynote at the Embedded Systems Conference. He holds several patents, has authored over 30 publications on neural networks, and advises Fortune 500 companies on how to use AI to improve operational efficiencies. He has a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; an MS in Computer Science. The highest he has been is 3122m above sea level and the lowest is 53m below sea level.

Dan Curtis
CFO

Dan Curtis

Dan brings over 25 years of financial and operations experience. His career includes diverse public and private company experience, from Fortune 500 to venture-backed start-ups, and Big Four public accounting. He is experienced in complex mergers and acquisitions, has managed debt and equity raises totaling over $150 million, and driven process and operational improvements and infrastructure build out. He was previously CFO at Vitrue (acquired by Oracle), Kova Solutions (acquired by Berkshire Hathaway) and SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee). He holds a BS, with honors, from Boston College. Dan spent his honeymoon at the US Open in Oakmont, PA.

Additional Leadership

Human Resources Advisor

Ann Walsh

Ann has established a reputation as a knowledgeable business leader as well as human resources expert. Ann is a results-driven executive with proven leadership capabilities in fast-paced, global organizations including both emerging growth and large corporations. She has enhanced employee engagement, supported corporate objectives by implementing industry leading processes and best practices. Ann has implemented HR in over 20 countries with a proven track record of building unified cultures to attract, develop and retain world-class talent. She was once hit by lightning and now has curly hair.

VP of Engineering

Vesa Tormanen

Vesa leads the talented engineering team. Before Neurala, he started out as a software engineer, and began managing products, product line organizations, and engineering teams at Nokia in Finland, USA, and India. After Nokia, he led engineering teams at Fiksu, an ad tech company. With roots in software engineering, Vesa has been managing products and engineering teams for 15 + years in a variety of continents. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Helsinki University of Technology, and an MBA from Aalto University, both in Finland. Outside neural networks, he enjoys working out, and geeking out about Formula One.

VP of Business Development

Hoon Chung

Hoon currently deploys game changing AI solutions globally for enterprise clients. Prior to Neurala, Hoon served as President & CEO at Retailigence, EIR at EnerTech Capital, President & CEO at DST, President & GM of Automotive division at Activant Solutions, COO at Adexa, SVP at Numetrix – serving global clients throughout NA, Asia and Europe. Prior to leading technology companies, Hoon held senior SCM positions at Haagen-Dazs, The Lever Brothers Co. and The Quaker Oats Co. Hoon received an Engineering degree from Princeton University, and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He enjoys playing baseball, weight lifting and dog sitting.

Director of Client Operations

Daniel Glasser

Daniel Glasser has over 15 years of experience delivering innovative technology solutions for Fortune 100 companies, government agencies and startups. Daniel specializes in AI-based solutions in a number of industries, including industrial drone inspections, automotive, logistics, and smart devices, and holds an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Daniel is an avid cyclist and rides over 1800 miles per year commuting to and from work.

Director of Product Management

Rakesh Patel

Rakesh brings over 12 years of product management, consulting, and entrepreneurial experience in the technology industry. Prior to Neurala, Rakesh spent over 10 years in the Enterprise Performance Management sector advising Fortune 50 companies on the strategy and architecture of their financial solutions to maximize corporate performance. Rakesh holds a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rakesh is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring new countries and cuisines in his free time.

Director of Marketing

Crystal Typermass

Crystal brings ten years of experience transforming corporate digital strategy. She has helped a cross section of America’s oldest heritage brands, Fortune 500 companies and tech startups significantly increase their lead generation, retention and revenue. She has held leadership positions at ad-tech and ecommerce companies. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, David Letterman, Vogue and VentureBeat. In her free time, she consults on email marketing best practices for Boston and Manhattan based non-profits and startups. She also creates her own line of eco-conscious jewelry by deconstructing vintage materials that were destined for the landfill.

Board & Advisors

Ben Lambert
Principal | Pelion Venture Partners

Ben Lambert

Cesare Maifredi
Partner | 360° Capital Partners

Cesare Maifredi

Dr. Heather Ames
COO | Neurala

Dr. Heather Ames

Dr. Massimiliano Versace
CEO | Neurala

Dr. Massimiliano Versace

Chris Cooper
Partner | Pelion Venture Partners

Chris Cooper

Matt Mosman
Partner | College Heights Partners

Matt Mosman

Investors