Our Team

The Neurala management team is comprised of savvy entrepreneurs and industry experts, bringing years of experience to a young company. They cultivate our strong culture and work tirelessly to help our team scale, grow, and succeed

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 30m 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

VP of Sales

Stephen Walsh

Steve is an international sales and marketing executive with 20 years’ experience. He joined Neurala from Building Engines, a leading SaaS provider of real estate operations and tenant engagement solutions where, as VP Sales, he scaled revenues which culminated in a growth equity investment of $26.5 million. Steve was Co-CEO at datango AG (sold to SAP), managing international expansion, channel development, consulting services and direct sales. His career includes leadership roles at Enlight AB (sold to datango AG), x.hlp AS (sold to Enlight AB), Fast Search & Transfer AS (sold to Microsoft), and RM plc. Steve’s an avid golfer, aging soccer player and awful skier. He spends most of his time with his wife, two sons and two dogs – all of which contribute to his gray hair.

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.

Vice President 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 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.

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.

Board & Advisors

Principal | Pelion Venture Partners

Ben Lambert

Ben Lambert

Ben is a Principal at Pelion Venture Partners. He’s inspired by entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to change the world and has advised a diverse set of companies from ecommerce to artificial intelligence. Ben currently serves on several boards including Fastdata.io and Teal Drones. He holds both a BS in Economics and an MBA from Brigham Young University and has received awards from BYU, The Wharton Buyout Competition, Adobe Digital and more. Ben enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two daughters and watching college football.

Partner | 360° Capital Partners

Cesare Maifredi

Cesare Maifredi

Cesare has been working as a Venture Capitalist since 2010 when he joined 360 Capital Partners after a 4-year experience as Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company. Cesare invested in several deep tech (e.g. Electro Power System SA – listed EPS.PA and Invendo Medical Gmbh – acquired by Ambu A/S) and digital companies (e.g. Shopfully SpA and Supermercato24 SpA) mainly in Europe. Cesare is a board member of the Italian Association of startups, incubators and venture capital firms. He is a mechanical engineer by training and earned a MBA degree from the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia. Cesare loves cycling and he cycles more than 5.000 miles per year.

COO | Neurala

Dr. Heather Ames

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.

CEO | Neurala

Dr. Massimiliano Versace

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”.

Partner | Pelion Venture Partners

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

Chris is a Partner at Pelion Venture Partners where he has spent the past 11 years investing in early stage software startups. Previously he spent the better part of two decades as an operator in the enterprise software space. In addition to roles in R&D, strategic alliances and corporate development, Chris was a part of network company Novell’s corporate venture organization investing directly in software companies as well as VC funds. Chris enjoys the outdoors and endurance sports and misses his native New England so being involved with Neurala is a win/win!

Partner | College Heights Partners

Matt Mosman

Matt Mosman

Matt is Managing Partner of College Heights Partners, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in helping software companies maximize their opportunities. Previously he spent 20+ years as an internal M&A professional, notably serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Oracle Corporation as well as heading up the corporate development departments at MEMC and at Sequent Computer Systems. Matt was also CEO of three software companies. Matt is a native of the sparsely-populated Idaho panhandle, and enjoys golf, the beach, and any time he can get with his family of six sons, four daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren.

Advisor | Formerly Apple, Perceptio

Nicolas Pinto

Nicolas Pinto

Nico was directing fundamental privacy-preserving AI research efforts at Apple until 2018. Apple acquired his company Perceptio in late 2014 and shipped the latest iOS, macOS, and iPhone filled with its deep learning technology since 2016. He co-founded Perceptio in 2012 which pioneered privacy-preserving mobile deep learning technology, running entirely on smartphones. He received two M.Sc. in computer science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence. After originating brain-inspired deep neural networks running on GPUs & PlayStation 3s in 2006-2007, he received his Neuroscience Ph.D. from MIT in 2010 and taught GPU & HPC programming at Harvard & MIT. Nico is now in stealth mode, back to research and entrepreneurial trenches, focusing on unsupervised learning (AI) and decentralized intelligence (blockchain) technologies…

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