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Noah Tye

Prior to Kite, Noah was a tech lead on Twitter's Growth team, where he spent three years learning how users behave. Noah previously earned half a degree from Olin College, where he did research on indoor location services and played in the Conductorless Orchestra.

Jackie Lee

Jackie received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, where she built unsupervised machine learning models to discover linguistic structures from speech data. She has previously worked at Google and Microsoft Research. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys going to theaters and traveling the world.

Adam Smith

Adam started selling shareware online at 13. After studying CS at MIT, Adam founded Xobni (Y Combinator '06), which was acquired by Yahoo seven years later. Adam founded Kite, and is a long-time Burner.

Jay Patel

Jay did research at MIT in high school, studied CS at Stanford, continued at Stanford for a masters, but took leave to learn faster at Kite. He got a Best Paper Award from ACM, did ML research on Knowledge Graph at Google, and does yoga every morning.

Tarak Upadhyaya

Tarak interned at Dropbox when it was 3 people, including him. After MIT, Tarak spent 5 years with a small team building a full web search engine from scratch in C++ (acquired by Twitter). At Counsyl, he helped scale a robotic DNA sequencing lab. When he's not coding, he's on a motorcycle or at the gym.

Antonio Bustamante

Antonio is a designer and programmer at Kite. While studying CS in Spain and Sweden, he started a creative agency, working on UX for healthcare. He most recently worked at a top industrial design firm, designing products for companies like Jawbone and Samsung.

Ashton Braun

Ashton works on the business side of Kite, focusing most of his attention on building the team and business operations. Prior to Kite, he was a part of the early business development team at AnyPerk, and even (once upon a time) worked for the United States Senate.

John Marrero

John studied at MIT, spent some time experimenting with artificial intelligence methods at Square Enix R&D in Tokyo, and worked on Sun's C/C++ compiler for three years.

Alex Flint

During his PhD in computer vision at Oxford, Alex also worked at Google and MIT. From 2012 through 2014, Alex worked at an early stage indoor navigation startup called Flyby Media based in NYC. Alex is interested in ethics, effective altruism, and the future of AI.

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Investors

Our investors include SV Angel, founders from Dropbox, Paypal, Palantir, Quora, and WordPress, amongst other amazing angels.

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