Vice President, Engineering
Alan joins VigLink with almost 10 years of experience delivering software specifically for Retail and Digital Marketing, and more than 20 years developing software. Prior to VigLink he was VP of Technology at Adchemy, where he led the development of their dynamic content and search engine marketing products, and VP of Engineering at DemandTec, where he ran their platform technology group. His other prior companies include Sybase, CrossWorlds, and Convergent Technologies. Alan has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York.
Front End Lead
Rick prefers OS X over Windows and spaces over tabs.
Senior Software Engineer
Prior to joining VigLink, Edward has worked at Garmin on embedded marine GPS. Before that, he has worked at Autonomy on electronic document and audio discovery solution. Before moving back to the States, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom and he still loves to travel a lot. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.
Through his consulting firm, Gabor has spent the last decade leading projects at large organizations such as Microsoft and AT&T wireless, where he applied his expertise in data analysis and machine learning to improve business processes. He is an active participant in the data mining research community, has published over 16 papers in the field, and is the current author of an online data mining ontology that receives ~1,700 unique visitors per day. Last year he completed a PhD in semantic natural language processing at Simon Fraser University – his project included question answering, information extraction and ontology-based shallow semantic parsing.
Senior Software Engineer
Cheick is passionate about software design in the context of lean startup and agile development methodologies. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Commission Junction, a division of ValueClick Inc., where he worked on extending the clicks-to-sales correlation engine, optimizing the business-to-business data processing systems, and developing collaborative filtering algorithms for publishers and advertisers, to name just a few. Cheick studied as an exchange student in the Computer Science Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and received his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Grenoble, France. Cheick is an avid cyclist and is training to complete his first half-ironman triathlon.
Idris is passionate about data analysis and data visualization. Before joining VigLink, he was a spreadsheet jockey for a hedge fund and various financial consulting companies, such as KPMG and Stout Risius Ross. He is delighted to have traded in his spreadsheet for the command line and a text editor. When not pounding keys in bash or vim, he can usually be found taking things apart and occasionally putting them back together, usually in some mutant form.
He holds an MS in Accounting from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Senior Data Scientist
Nam's interests lie in the intersection of theory and practice. He focuses on applying techniques from machine learning, algorithms and statistical analysis to reveal useful patterns hidden in user generated data. Before joining Viglink, he was the Lead Engineer at Caterva where he developed various algorithms for analyzing interests and influences of users based on their social activities. Nam received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Data and Operations Analyst
Born and raised in San Diego County, Barret moved to San Francisco in 2008 to pursue a career in technology consulting. He joined the VigLink team in early 2013 where he spends his time deep in MySQL and improving business processes. When he's not reading about the latest in tech, entrepreneurship, and the local startup scene, Barret enjoys exploring the best of the Bay Area, playing a game of pickup basketball, or taking a jog along the Embarcadero. Barret has a degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Information Systems.
Staff Software Engineer
Adam Pingel brings nearly 15 years of startup experience to VigLink, at companies including Excite, NOCpulse, Claria, and IODA. His interests include functional programming, natural and artificial languages, and scalable machine learning. Adam holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, an MS in Computer Science from UCLA, and three patents in search and network monitoring.
Senior Software Engineer
Michael enjoys programming in a number of different languages, other than perhaps Perl. But even that he finds more satisfying than writing about himself in the third person. Prior to joining Viglink, Michael worked at several Bay Area startups, becoming equally comfortable writing front end or back end code. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida.