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Amanda Askell is a research scientist on the policy team at OpenAI where her goal is to help make AI go well for the world. Before working on AI she did research in philosophy on the ways that infinities break ethical theories. She’s originally from Scotland but has adapted to the Bay Area by adopting popular regional hobbies like climbing, autodidactism, and engaging with weird art. Homepage.
Annie Brett is an oceanographer, explorer and lawyer who spends her time thinking up novel ways to solve wicked ocean problems for Stanford and the World Economic Forum. In the more romantic past she spent several years as the youngest female captain in the Pacific, visiting remote islands, learning how to fix anything with duct tape, and amassing sea stories with an 18-person crew. Now that she has all the degrees, she spends her free time running National Geographic expeditions, tinkering with boats and plants, and searching for fresh raspberries.
Armand Cognetta is a chemical biologist whose graduate work was focused on developing chemo-proteomic platform technologies to make drug discovery safer and more effective. He's read roughly one book for every ten days he’s been literate, and his life goal is to spontaneously recreate the Inigo/Wesley swordfight scene from The Princess Bride on a ping pong table with a masked stranger. He spends his free time skiing, biking, running, and doing other suffer-intensive activities. Currently, he’s building a drug discovery platform company based on a novel technology to target "undruggable” proteins and create better therapeutics. Homepage, Twitter.
Arram Sabeti founded ZeroCater, a business he grew from his living room to over 150 people which has now sold over a quarter billion dollars in meals and has been covered by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Tenacious, considerate, and with more utility belts than Batman, he spends his free time building robots and doing mad science. Homepage.
Austin Hou is a designer and engineer. An avid explorer of ideas, places, and experiences, he has flown 23x around the earth by distance and has spent time in 72 countries. He has worked on emergency protocols at Stanford Hospital, the Deep Space Network at NASA, and cofounded Planetarium and Mavencook. He enjoys experimenting with creative technology, such as lighting systems for the Temple at Burning Man. Right now, he’s working on Currents, a new project in the music space. Homepage.
Ben Mann has worked on Waze Carpool at Google, AI research at MIRI and OpenAI, and was a tech lead at Google’s Area 120. Ben's hobbies include meditation, writing, experimentally determining the best brand of chocolate, and masochistically entering ketosis every week for months as an exercise in willpower. Calm and empathetic, Ben’s presence is a soothing influence on our house. Homepage.
Chris V is an engineer, startup founder, amateur locksmith, and part-time tow truck driver. When not building useful things, he likes type annotating Python, making art in the desert, and creating stupid hackathon projects. He'll almost certainly let you borrow his camping gear.
Christina Kim, prior to her current work at Sourceress, conducted HCI research at Delta Lab, was student body vice president at Northwestern, and hosted their first hackathon. Before that, she built a working wood pipe organ and opened a bakery in South Africa with her limited background in Easy-Bake Ovens. A loyal friend, a voracious speed reader, and an unabashed instigator; be aware that you're not going to have a relaxing day if Tina suggests that you "chill". Blog, GitHub, Twitter.
Jason Benn is a self-taught machine learning engineer that has been profiled in Cal Newport's "Deep Work" for his habit of interleaving work with periods of intense study. These days he also spends his time watercolor painting and working on the Community Interviewing Project, AKA the Don't Make Other People's Mistakes project. Enthusiastic, inclusive, a tad gullible, half-giant, and Keeper of Keys and Grounds at the Archive, Jason is basically Hagrid. Homepage.
Josh Albrecht has cofounded Sourceress (AI powered recruiting for mission driven companies), Ember Hardware (futuristic laser-based VR display), CloudFab (automated 3D printing and injection molding pricing), BitBlinder (web anonymity network), and worked at Addepar. Josh has signed the Founder’s Pledge, has two black belts, and is Arram's definition of conscientiousness (despite miscounting the number of classes required to graduate as a CS and math major). Homepage.
Kanjun Qiu is the CEO of Sourceress and previously cofounded Ember with Josh. Before that, she was the Chief of Staff, PM and engineer at Dropbox. In a past life, she wrote a book that about sewing and circuitry that's now taught in 60 Boston middle schools, arbitraged yarn from her dorm room, and designed high-frequency trading strategies. She’s diplomatic, has a talent for asking incisive questions, and her laugh can be heard from multiple zip codes.
Laura D'Asaro is the co-founder/CBO at Chirps and spends most of her time thinking about how to get people to eat more bugs. They got a deal on Shark Tank in 2017, and Chirps are now in stores nationwide. When not cooking up crickets, you’ll usually find her working on her next crazy plan, like constructing the world’s largest nachos, or figuring out how to grow a giant pumpkin and make it into a boat. She also plays the ukulele poorly but passionately, can walk on her hands, and has an unusual love of watermelon.
Michael Lai's six word story is “failed professional athlete, striving education entrepreneur.” He is currently exploring startup ideas to improve childcare in America and building a nonprofit venture studio for early childhood development. Previously, he was a Director helping build a university from scratch at Minerva Project, worked at Google.org, and competed on Harvard's varsity golf team (where he was decidedly NOT the next Tiger Woods). His passion for education starts from the classroom — 6 years volunteer teaching preschool, elementary, and middle school. If he’s not starting flashmob dance parties, meditating, or adding magic to a friend's day, he’s probably curled up with a book. Homepage.
Michelle Valentine invests in early stage software companies at Index Ventures, a venture capital fund. Before venture, she worked in investment banking primarily structuring large debt related financings. In her free time, she plays for a netball league and is a forever learner of Buddhist philosophy. Profile.
Rilka Li is a designer, engineer, aerialist, and nascent installation artist. Currently her brainspace is devoted to bettering the experience of labeling vast quantities of data at Scale AI, and to the endeavor of learning how to fabricate almost anything. She’s happiest when thinking about humans interact with their world and with each other, and gets unusually excited about unconventional grammatical constructions, fandom as a cultural phenomenon, and cucumbers. Homepage.
Taylor Rogalski is a product designer and aspiring engineer at Pioneer. Previously, he led design at ClassDojo, built personalized learning software for Summit Public Schools, and helped people stalk their friends with Facebook Graph Search. He thinks the attention economy is harvesting human potential and filling our brains with sludge, and instead wishes his phone would manipulate him into becoming the person he wants to be. Twitter.
Tom Brown is an exceptionally tall AI researcher (OpenAI, Google Brain) trying to save the world by breaking AI systems (and make them less breaky in general). Before becoming a very serious person, Tom was the cofounder of Grouper, where he served over a million drinks to partiers in bars around the world. In his free time, Tom enjoys acroyoga, VR sculpting and plumbing the depths of the internet for flowing space pants. Blog, GitHub, Twitter.
Tommy Collison is an Irish startup person, coder, writer, and pilot-in-training. He's working on growth and international expansion at Lambda School, where he's also studying web development. His dubious achievement is that he's kept a list of every book he's read since 2009. Twitter, homepage.
Zain Shah is an ML engineer at Opendoor. Before that he was a research scientist at OpenAI and founder of a mobile analytics company called Watchsend. He has a knack for scrappy solutions to hard problems: be it gathering unsupervised training data for deep learning, finding great flight deals, or memorizing 200 digits of pi in case he’s ever without a calculator. Homepage.