Johnny Monsarrat and the Team
Hard Data Factory is run by the team that built Turbine Inc., now the largest computer games company in New England.
Johnny Monsarrat, CEO
Johnny Monsarrat was previously Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Turbine, Inc., which was acquired for $160 million by Warner Brothers.
His business consulting clients have included top-level executives of Citigroup and General Electric, and he’s played stopgap VP roles for numerous firms over 20 years, including managing nearly 2,000,000 social media followers for the Richard Dawkins Foundation as their Director of Alliances, and building the official website and social media for The Ledge
, the feature film with Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings), Terrence Howard (Oscar nominee), and Patrick Wilson (Golden Globe Nominee).
He is an award-winning public speaker with an MIT BA and MBA, and also attended Brown University and Harvard. His website for public speaking is www.Monsarrat.net
. He has 33,000 Twitter followers at @OddBostonEvents
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Howard Salwen, Board of Directors
Howard Salwen founded Proteon in 1972, a maker of network systems and software, and served as its Chairman until it was acquired in 1999. He has also been Chairman of UltraNet Communications, Chairman of the New England chapter of IEEE Communications Society, and a board member of Marathon Technologies and Turbine, Inc. He is on the board of the Massachusetts Network Communication Council and serves on the Oversight Committees of The Museum of Science and the Bank of America Celebrity Series. He has a BS and MS from MIT.
Michael Ashley Schulman, CFA. Advisory Board
Michael is a Director/Senior Portfolio Manager at Hollencrest, where he manages a fixed income arbitrage hedge fund. He has 11 years of professional investment experience, a CFA designation, an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. Michael has broad experience in top-down and bottom-up analysis from both the fundamental and quantitative perspective across a wide variety of financial instruments. He has consulted for Accenture, the World Federation of Exchanges, the Colombian Financial Exchange, as well as several high-tech firms, and has presented at forums in Malaysia, Argentina and Spain. Michael previously held the positions of Portfolio Manager at Pacific Income Advisors, Director of Strategy at Open Ratings, Strategy Manager at Accenture, and most recently, Vice President, CDO/Quantitative Analysis Specialist at Deutsche Bank. Within the community, Michael is serving as President elect of the CFA Society of Orange County and for the last four years has been an Event Committee member for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California.
Prof. Eugene Charniak, Advisory Board
Dr. Charniak is University Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He received an A.B. degree in Physics from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in Computer Science. He has published four books, including the definitive textbook for college courses in natural language software. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and was previously a Councilor of the organization. His research has always been in the area of language understanding or technologies which relate to it, such as knowledge representation, reasoning under uncertainty, and learning. Over the last few years he has been interested in statistical techniques for language understanding. Formerly he was Chairman of the Brown University Department of Computer Science.