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The World's AITM Company

Helping data scientists, developers, researchers and enterprises master the entire AI lifecycle

Clarifai is on a mission to bring The World’s AITM to developers everywhere

Founded in 2013 by Matthew Zeiler, Ph.D., a foremost expert in machine learning, Clarifai has been a market leader since winning the top five places in image classification at the ImageNet 2013 competition. In 2019, Clarifai was named a leader in Forrester’s New Wave Computer Vision Platforms report, the only startup to receive a differentiated rating. Clarifai offers a leading platform for building AI-powered software solutions and in 2022 IDC MarketScape named Clarifai a leader in Computer Vision AI Platforms. Clarifai's platform supports the full AI development lifecycle; including dataset preparation, model training and deployment. 

Executive Team

Matt Zeiler, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

Matt has worked alongside renowned machine learning pioneers Geoff Hinton, Rob Fergus, Yann LeCun and Jeff Dean. This experience cultivated his passion for convolutional and deconvolutional neural networks and visual recognition. Matt's unprecedented knowledge and know-how in deep learning landed him winning the top five places in image classification at the ImageNet 2013 competition. Matt received his undergraduate degree at University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in machine learning and image recognition from New York University.

Alfredo Ramos

Sr. Vice President of Platform

For over 20 years, Alfredo has worked in various technology companies with a focus on product-led enterprise growth. At Clarifai, he's responsible for Product, Marketing, Research, and Engineering. Prior to Clarifai, he was the General Manager of Vistaprint's digital business. During his career, Alfredo has worked in various leadership roles at Webs,, and Network Solutions. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, a MLA in Information Systems from Harvard University Extension School and a Hon.BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Michael Gormish, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research

Michael's teams work on bringing image and language understanding to Clarifai's platform. Recent projects have involved machine learning for tracking, object detection, text extraction and processing, visual search, and image classification. Prior to Clarifai, he was at Ricoh for 20 years. His work focused on computer vision and precursors to block chain technologies focused on documents. He has authored algorithms used in video games, digital cinema, satellite and medical image acquisition. He led several aspects of the JPEG 2000 standardization. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Bryan Minor, Ph.D.

Vice President of Professional Services

Bryan manages the services portfolio for getting optimal value from Clarifai’s AI platform by providing: custom model building, AI solution development, field engineering, deployment, labeling, support, and program management. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for a decade and earning his Ph.D. from Air Force Institute of Technology in physics, then turned entrepreneur over the last 26 years and is now in his eighth startup.

Kathleen Shouldis

Vice President of Marketing

Kathleen brings over 23 years experience from IBM where most recently she was the CMO and VP, Marketing, Industrial Market and Watson IoT. During her tenure at IBM, Kathleen developed, deployed, and led successful field enablement programs focusing on IBM’s Cloud portfolio and SaaS offerings. She successfully launched the notion of cognitive manufacturing and services for clients undergoing a digital transformation, and this effort won IBM a silver Effie Award for Effectiveness. Kathleen graduated from Syracuse University and received a professional certification in marketing strategy from The Wharton School.

Atul Sahai

Sr. Vice President of Finance & Operations

Atul leads finance, legal, people & culture, and business operations at Clarifai and helps formulate the company’s business strategy as we scale. Atul is passionate about building high impact teams in hyper growth companies. He brings 20+ years of enterprise software experience in the areas of strategy & operations, product management, product marketing, and software development from, Smartsheet, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Altair. Atul holds an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.S. from University of Illinois at Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from IIT, Varanasi (India).

Advisory Council

Lieutenant General Robert P. Ashley, Jr., U.S. Army, Ret.

Sr. Advisor & Member of Public Sector Advisory Council

Lt. General Robert Paul Ashley Jr. most recently served as the Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. He previously served as Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 where he was the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff for all aspects of intelligence, counterintelligence, and security. Other notable assignments include the Director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command; the Director of Intelligence, U.S. Central Command; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, International Security Assistance Force and Director of Intelligence, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan; and Commanding General, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence.

Jacqueline Sarah Tame

Sr. Advisor & Member of Public Sector Advisory Council

Jacqueline Sarah Tame most recently served as the Acting Deputy Director and inaugural Chief Performance Officer of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security; Senior Staffer on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Chief of Customer Engagement at the Defense Intelligence Agency; Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations; and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Director of National Intelligence. Jacqueline holds a BA in French and classical vocal performance and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas, and a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Stuart McGuigan

Sr. Advisor & Member of Commercial Advisory Council

Most recently, Stuart was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) U.S. Department of State. As CIO, he established technology strategic direction and provided oversight for $2.4B of technology programs across the Department. Stuart joined the Department of State from Johnson & Johnson where he was responsible for global Information Technology strategy and operations at over 170 overseas and domestic locations. At J&J, he established a global Data Science capability. He brings over 33 year of industry background including experience as Senior Vice President and CIO of CVS Caremark and Senior Vice President and CIO of Liberty Mutual. Stuart earned Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in the Cognitive Science program at Yale University, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fairfield University.