Throughout your career, you meet people who inspire you, amaze you, and help you grow. There are those moments when life and career cause you to move on, but in the back of your head you think "Someday I'm going to get the band back together and do something amazing!" We've been fortunate enough to make that desire a reality.
Stephen and Jitendra met at CEB where Stephen led IT and customer Web applications and Jitendra led research for Application executives. Jitendra moved on to lead product strategy and CAST software and IT strategy at The Hackett Group. Stephen went on to co-found an innovative data service company where he met Tim, an amazing practitioner and professor of Artificial Intelligence.
Through the years, we never lost contact and continued to trade and develop ideas as a group. After winning several machine learning contracts together it was obvious what needed to happen next. We reunited our band of smart, ambitious, and entrepreneurial colleagues to do something amazing. And thus, Synaptiq was born.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As CEO, Stephen oversees all aspects of the business with a focus on business development, account management and operations.
Stephen started his career at Ernst & Young LLP and has over 20 years experience as a management consultant and technology product leader at startups and public companies. He's built and managed globally distributed teams, created productive partnerships, and led tech due-diligence for numerous technology acquisitions. Stephen's sold and delivered services and products to businesses in the technology, healthcare, financial services, entertainment, automotive and education industries. Most recently, Stephen was CTO / VP of Product at three innovative SaaS-based product companies using Big Data, Machine Learning, Mobile and Cloud technologies.
Stephen has a B.S. from Virginia Tech. He enjoys hiking and fly fishing in his spare time.
DR. TIM OATES
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST
As Chief Data Scientist, Tim leads efforts to define, prototype and build machine learning solutions for customers.
Tim has 25 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He's published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers on topics such as time series analysis, sequence mining, natural language processing, relational and graph mining, medical informatics, and machine vision.
He has extensive experience helping businesses extract value from their data, with consulting engagements in industries as varied as publishing, medicine, fraud, and geospatial analysis. Tim's an Oros Family Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was a postdoctoral associate in the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Outside of the work, Tim is an avid runner.
HEAD OF SOLUTIONS
As Head of Machine Learning Strategy and Solutions, Jitendra ensures that Synaptiq designs and delivers data-driven, machine learning solutions that delight our customers.
Jitendra's work over the last 15+ years has been at the intersection of business operations and IT in large companies (US $750M+ in revenue). He's skilled at working directly with senior business and IT executives and equally comfortable working with data scientists and technologists. His ability to explain complex technology products in ways that appeal to business and IT executives makes him a trusted partner when it comes to building machine learning solutions. Jitendra has worked with organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 50 companies to build products and services that monetize their data assets.
Jitendra has a BSEE from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He enjoys reading, programming, and running.