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 Palo Alto, California, Infer is funded by leading investors, including Redpoint Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Social+Capital Partnership, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners.
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.
Jim Herbold Chief Revenue Officer
As CRO at Infer, Jim is responsible for achieving growth targets as well as scaling and aligning all revenue-connected aspects of the business. He is responsible for sales and marketing and brings over 20 years of experience to the company, including more than 10 years of cloud and SaaS sales leadership. Jim had previously spent six and a half years as the EVP of Sales at Box, where he was the first sales hire and grew his team to more than 400 staff and over $120 million in annually recurring GAAP revenue. While at Box, Jim signed up as Infer's first customer and was instrumental in providing many initial inputs onto the development of the Infer service. In 2013, he became an advisor to Infer to continue to provide guidance into its product development, sales, and marketing strategies. Jim graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor's degree in geography and anthropology. Jim was a proud member of the Math Club in high school, has had a lifelong love of baseball, statistics and all things outdoors, and is thrilled to be working at Infer to bring predictive analytics to the world of sales and marketing.
Joe Gershenson ENGINEERING
Joe joins Infer from Facebook's infrastructure engineering team, where his work focused on using large data sets to prepare datacenters for disaster scenarios. Before Facebook, he founded GazeHawk, a YCombinator-funded startup which built eye-tracking software using computer vision and machine learning techniques. Joe has Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon and is a good guy to ask if you have urgent questions about model checking omega cellular automata.
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.
Bob Chen ENGINEERING
Bob joins Infer by way of leaving UCSD's Math PhD program, where he colored large regular graphs using random algorithms. His research in combinatorics is decorated with numerous publications and presentations at international conferences. Previously, Bob has worked as a research advisor to an NSF REU program and also as a trader at Jane Street Capital. Bob studied at Harvey Mudd College prior to UCSD, and in his spare time enjoys swing dancing, weightlifting, and cats.
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.
Jason Chou ENGINEERING
Jason received his Ph.D degree in Applied Physics and an undergrad degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. His comfort zone with programmable systems ranges from clusters with hundreds of processors to the lowly iPhone, but no lower or higher. After hacking on his PhD thesis, side projects, and a brief stint at another startup, he joined Infer and is living happily ever after.
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!
Mike Cabot SALES
Most recently Mike was leading global sales operations, inside sales and account development for Merced Systems, a $70M enterprise performance management software company acquired in 2012. A key initiative for Mike was to close operational gaps between sales and marketing, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in pipeline growth as well as double-digit improvement to top-of-funnel sales activities and to effectiveness of field marketing events. Prior to Merced, Mike was a Sales Director and was credited with strategic account wins at companies like Kaiser Permanente, Liberty Mutual, T-Mobile, and Symantec.
Nikhil Balaraman CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
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.
Rishi Kumar CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
Rishi focuses on the business side of Infer, working internally and externally to ensure customer success and Infer's growth. He previously helped grow a new division at LinkedIn and sourced investments at Lightbank while getting his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In his previous life, he was a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte. He's passionate about customer operations and data science, and is a sucker for great food, trivia, and Tar Heel basketball.
Jamie Grenney MARKETING
Jamie spent eleven years at salesforce.com, most recently as the VP of Social Media & Online Video. During his tenure he held various roles across the organization. He was instrumental in defining the inside sales process, pioneered salesforce.com's SMB marketing efforts, and helped shape many parts of the product roadmap. Jamie is well known for his thought leadership content on topics such as CRM adoption, sales & marketing best practices, crowdsourced innovation, viral marketing, and social strategy.