Company

Founded in 2010, Infer delivers data-powered business applications that help companies win more customers. Its cloud-based solutions leverage proven data science to rapidly model the untapped data sitting in enterprises, along with hundreds of external signals from the web. Inspired by the simplicity of the consumer web, Infer manifests advanced statistics across huge data sets in applications that anyone can get up and running in just days. Customers include several of the Fortune 1000 and numerous high growth companies.

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Infer is funded by leading investors, including Redpoint Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Social+Capital Partnership, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners.

Read more about Infer on our blog and in our press mentions.

Leadership

Vik Singh CEO / Co-Founder

Prior to founding Infer, Vik was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures (SHV), where he helped the firm identify new ideas as well as evaluate early stage investments. Before SHV, Vik helped create and architect Yahoo! BOSS, an open search platform that runs over 1 billion queries a month. At 24, MIT’s Technology Review listed him as one of the Top 35 under 35 Innovators for his contributions to search. He also worked at Google and Microsoft, both in research and products, helping ship Custom Search and XP SP2 Wireless. At MSR he worked with Turing Award winner Dr. Jim Gray, co-authoring a publication about the SkyServer. Vik has filed 13 patents in the areas of search, social networking, systems, and content optimization. Vik graduated with a Bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley in Computer Science.

Yang Zhang CO-FOUNDER / ENGINEERING

Yang was a PhD student in MIT's computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, where he published research in high-scaling data systems, operating systems, and more. He previously worked at Google Research, Microsoft Research, Yahoo Labs, and IBM Almaden, in both product and research groups. His primary academic interests lie in machine learning and statistics.

Chung Wu CO-FOUNDER / ENGINEERING

Chung spent five years at Google, most recently on the Public Data project, which worked with public data providers such as World Bank and Eurostat to harmonize, visualize and surface their data on Google Search. Chung previously worked in database systems research and on products at Microsoft and IBM. He decided to pursue Infer over the Stanford PhD program in computer science.

Paul Fung VP OF CUSTOMER SUCCESS

In his role as VP of Customer Success, Paul makes sure customers are receiving maximum value from Infer's solutions in order to drive new business growth, advocacy and reference-ability. Prior to Infer, Paul spent 7+ years as a software architect specializing in data and analytics before switching to the business side by pursuing a full-time MBA. Paul has previously held business and technical roles at Google and HP, respectively, and holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Lu Zhang VP OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Lu leads Infer's Business Operations team, which provides strategic guidance, execution support, and general problem-solving to go-to-market functions across the company. Prior to joining Infer, Lu was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in financial services, energy, government, nonprofit, and technology. Lu is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he holds a BS in Business specializing in finance. He also holds an MBA specializing in economics and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Pete Westenhiser VP OF SALES

Pete brings seventeen years of business-to-business software sales experience to Infer. Before joining Infer, he held several leadership positions at industry leading big data companies including MixPanel, New Relic, and Pentaho. Pete specializes in managing and closing national and global complex sales cycles, and is passionate about building out powerful sales teams. As vice president of sales, Pete will leverage his extensive enterprise software sales experience to drive Infer’s inside sales organization. He earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Nate Gemberling DIRECTOR OF SALES

Nate joined as Infer's first sales hire in 2013 tasked with architecting the framework for Infer's go-to-market strategies. He helped secure early paying customers, contribute to product roadmap, and develop scalable sales processes. Nate joined Infer by way of Customer Analytics leader, Nice Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), where he was a part of the successful acquisition of Merced Systems. Nate graduated from the Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University, the nation's first and highest ranked college sales programs, with a degree in Marketing and focus in Professional Sales.

Ashley McIntyre SALES ENGINEERING MANAGER, ENTERPRISE

Ashley comes to Infer after spending almost five years in technology consulting at Bluewolf, an IBM company. She oversaw the strategic guidance and delivery of complex projects with large, publicly traded companies across many verticals and markets, and she brings a love of problem solving to her role with Infer. As Infer’s Enterprise Sales Engineering Manager, Ashley is responsible for developing best-in-class predictive analytics solutions that help enterprise organizations fuel their marketing and sales engines with data-driven intelligence. Ashley graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, reading, and traveling the globe.

Ashley Blackwell-Guerra SALES ENGINEERING MANAGER, MID-MARKET AND VELOCITY

 

In her role as Sales Engineering Manager at Infer, Ashley helps mid-market and fast-growing organizations transform their businesses with best-in-class predictive analytics solutions. Prior to Infer, Ashley spent several years in consulting at Bluewolf, an IBM company, where she designed CRM and marketing automation solutions for enterprise clients including Okta, Palantir, and T-Mobile.


Ashley holds dual degrees from the University of San Francisco, including a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Philosophy and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship and Management. When she’s not helping companies become more data-driven, Ashley enjoys discovering new types of mezcal and traveling.

Meelap Shah ENGINEERING

Meelap is a curious individual, but not too curious. To wit, he has a Master's degree from MIT but no PhD. With broad experience in conducting research at MIT and building practical systems at Locu and Google, and working on topics from secure computation to data visualization, Meelap contributes an insightful perspective. Meelap loves cats and dogs, but has neither.

Jacob Scott ENGINEERING

Jacob Scott spent four years as a software engineer at Palantir Technologies. His contributions included the design and implementation of core infrastructural tools and platforms as well as mobile products. Before Palantir, Jacob was a PhD candidate at MIT's computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory, where he published research on combinatorial optimization and approximation algorithms. He has also worked at Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Research.

Andrew Lau ENGINEERING

Andrew is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His previous position was at Marin Software as a Software Engineer on the Bidding and Optimization team. He enjoys papercraft, playing creative games, and watching anime and movies.

Richard Mehlinger ENGINEERING

Richard comes to Infer from Spirent Communications, where he worked as a front-end engineer on the Infrastructure Test Optimization team. He double majored in history and computer science at Harvey Mudd College, and then earned a master's degree in European history from UC Riverside, where he wrote a not-quite-thesis on the use and political manipulation of wargames in pre-WWI Britain. He is passionate about history, design, games (of both the serious and fun varieties), and cats.

Joel Dodge ENGINEERING

Joel has a PhD in mathematics from UCSD and joins us after several years of teaching and research as a postdoc at Binghamton University. He has published papers in Algebraic Number Theory and Algorithmic Combinatorics. When not at work, he enjoys reading, talking and learning new stuff!

Nikhil Balaraman DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MARKETING

Nikhil joins Infer from Target's San Francisco based Technology Innovation Center. Prior to Target, Nikhil was working at Google, helping identify new products and opportunities to increase conversion and satisfaction for Google Apps for Business customers. With a degree in Economics from Harvard College, he looks forward to applying his analytical background to helping customers identify and convert their golden leads.

Sean Zinsmeister VP OF PRODUCT MARKETING

Sean crafts the positioning, messaging and overall go-to-market strategy for Infer’s trove of next-generation predictive analytic models. Once a satisfied Infer customer himself, Sean joined Infer from Nitro, a San Francisco-based document management software company, where he developed and led an award-winning global marketing team. Sean holds advanced degrees from Suffolk Sawyer School of Business and Northeastern respectively in strategic marketing and project management.

Investors

Infer is backed by world-class venture firms and angel investors who strongly believe in our approach to helping companies drive their business based on data and science.