Dr. Massimiliano Versace is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Neurala, and the company visionary. After his pioneering breakthroughs in brain-inspired computing and deep networks, he continues to inspire and lead the world of intelligent devices.
Max has spoken at dozens of events and venues, including a keynote at Mobile World Congress Drone Summit, TedX, NASA, the Pentagon, GTC, InterDrone, National Labs, GE, Air Force Research Labs, HP, iRobot, Samsung, LG, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, AI World, Mitsubishi, 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 many other media.
He is a Fulbright scholar, holds several patents and two Ph.Ds: Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University; Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy.
Dr. Heather Ames Versace is Neurala’s co-founder and Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she contributes 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 has spoken at TechCrunch and Forrester and was honored at the Google 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 from Boston University and a BS in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley, making her one of the few C-level executives in artificial intelligence with a technical degree.
Dr. Anatoli Gorchechnikov, is Neurala's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in the development of massively parallel software for neural computation, and was one of the pioneers 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 and has authored over 30 publications on neural networks. He continues to lecture about these topics at Boston University and advises Fortune 500 companies on how to use AI to improve operational efficiencies.
He has a PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University and an MS in Computer Science.
Dan brings over 25 years of financial and operations experience to Neurala. 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 in 2012 for $320M), Kova Solutions (acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2013) and SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in 2006). He holds a BS, with honors, from Boston College and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Hoon brings significant global business development, sales, marketing, and country management experience throughout NA, Asia, and Europe. Hoon possesses broad industry experience in energy tech, automotive, semiconductor, PC/high tech, industrial, and CPG verticals with deep expertise in CV, AI, IoT, MarTech, Analytics & Content, SCM, ERP/SCP, B2B and B2C areas.
Hoon spent 25 years as a software & technology executive: CEO at Retailigence Corp, President and CEO at DST, President & GM – Automotive at Activant Solutions, COO at Adexa, SVP – Global SCM Consulting Services at Numetrix.
Hoon held senior line management positions at Fortune 500 corporations including, Haagen-Dazs., Lever Brothers, and Quaker Oats.
Hoon received a BS in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University, and an MBA in Marketing from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Co-founded MÄK Technologies in 1990 (which was acquired by VT Systems of Alexandria, Virginia in December 2006). He is an avid mentor and angel investor at both TechStars and Bolt, with expertise in how to fund companies using government contracts. He is a noted industry advocate of open interoperability standards and commercial business models in Department of Defense procurement. He was six-term chairman of the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, the international not-for-profit consortium that develops standards for synthetic environments. From 1987 to 1990, he worked for Bolt, Beranek, and Newman as a drive train simulation expert, responsible for mathematical modeling of physical systems. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Some of Katz’s investments include Harmonix, GrabCAD, Oblong, Organic Motion, and PetNet.