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This is the TalentSeer AI News Roundup for the first half of October 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about the AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email. 


Amazon VP Sukumar Rathnam joins Uber as CTO as They Focus on Scaling Food Delivery Business

Uber has hired Sukumar Rathnam, current VP at Amazon, as their new CTO. This comes as Uber focuses on scaling its food delivery business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber’s CTO position has been vacant for 3+ months since Thuan Pham resigned in May. Before working at Amazon, Sukumar Rathnam was a GM and Partner Software Architect at Microsoft for six years. [Read More]

Amazon VP Sukumar Rathnam joins Uber as CTO as They Focus on Scaling Food Delivery Business - TalentSeer
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Robotics Startup Brain Corp Hires ex-VP of Uber ATG Jon Thomason as CTO

San Diego-based autonomous robotics startup Brain Corp has hired Jon Thomason as their CTO. Thomason previously led self-driving efforts as the VP of software engineering at Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). He has also worked at Oculus, Amazon, and Microsoft. At Brain Corps, Jon Thomason will be improving the simplicity of how the robots are made, as well as working on functionality to collect and analyze environmental data. [Read More]

Robotics Startup Brain Corp Hires Ex-VP of Uber ATG Jon Thomason as CTO
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AI2 Spinoff, WhyLabs, Appoints Maria Karaivanova as Co-Founder

Seattle-based AI data monitoring startup, WhyLabs, has appointed Maria Karaivanova as Co-Founder and COO. WhyLabs is a privately held, venture-funded company, which began in the Allen Institute for AI. It has raised $4 million from multiple VCs including Bezos Expeditions. Before this, Maria Karaivanova was a principal at Madrona Venture Group, which also invests in WhyLabs. [Read More]

AI2 Spinoff, WhyLabs, Appoints Maria Karaivanova as Co-Founder‍ - TalentSeer
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Former Head of WeWork Labs Elizabeth Scallon Joins Alexa Fund

Elizabeth Scallon has joined the Alexa Fund, Amazon’s venture capital fund, leading Operations and GTM. The fund focuses on investing in AI, voice technology, and IoT startups, among other fields. Prior to this, she was the Head of WeWork Labs for Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, and the Director of CoMotion Labs, an incubation environment, at the University of Washington. [Read More]

Former Head of WeWork Labs Elizabeth Scallon Joins Alexa Fund
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Former Microsoft Senior Director John Traynor appointed as VP of Products by TensorIoT

TensorIoT, an Irvine-based AI/ML startup, has appointed John Traynor as its VP and GM of products & solutions. TensorIoT is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner focusing on IoT/Edge solutions. Prior to this, John Traynor was a Senior Director at Microsoft, working on mobile marketing and IT audience marketing. He was also most recently the CEO of FreePoint Technologies, an I/O solutions company. [Read More]

Former Microsoft Senior Director John Traynor appointed as VP of Products by TensorIoT - TalentSeer
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Hypergiant Industries Hires Mohammed Farooq as CTO as it focuses on AI-Platform and Global Clients

Texas-based commercial AI company, Hypergiant Industries, has hired Mohammed Farooq as their General Manager of Products and CTO, with him also joining their Board of Directors. This comes as Hypergiant Industries continues to focus on its core distributed AI-platform and business clients such as the United States Air Force and Sumitomo, in Japan. Previously, Mohammed Farooq was the GM at IBM, and the Chairman at Gravitant, IBM’s Cloud Service Brokerage company. [Read More]

Hypergiant Industries Hires Mohammed Farooq as CTO as it focuses on AI-Platform and Global Clients - TalentSeer
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