Cogito Leadership

  • Joshua Feast
    Joshua Feast
    CEO & Co-Founder
  • Dr. Ali Azarbayejani
    Dr. Ali Azarbayejani
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Douglas Kim
    Douglas Kim
    Chief Revenue and Customer Success Officer
  • Margaret Olson
    Margaret Olson
    SVP of Engineering
  • Dr. John Kane
    Dr. John Kane
    VP of Signal Processing and Data Science
  • Veronica Lee
    Veronica Lee
    VP of Strategic Accounts
  • Steve Kraus
    Steve Kraus
    VP of Marketing
  • Dustin Pederson
    Dustin Pederson
    VP of Finance and Operations
  • Dr. Skyler Place
    Dr. Skyler Place
    VP of Behavioral Science
  • Steve Wan
    Steve Wan
    VP of Strategic Partnerships
  • Dr. Sandy Pentland
    Dr. Sandy Pentland
    Scientific Visionary and Co-Founder
Joshua Feast
CEO & Co-Founder

Josh Feast is the President and CEO of Cogito. He is a serial entrepreneur and thought leader with a passion for creating innovative technology that helps people live more productive lives. Josh has more than a decade of experience as a senior executive and is regularly quoted in Forbes, Fortune, and the Wall Street Journal. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was the Platinum-Triangle Fulbright Scholar in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Technology from Massey University in New Zealand.

Dr. Ali Azarbayejani
Chief Technology Officer

Ali has 18 years of commercial experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and designer of world-class computational technologies. His pioneering doctoral research at the MIT Media Lab in probabilistic modeling for 3-D vision was the basis for his first startup company Alchemy 3D Technology, which created the market in the film and video post-production industry for camera match-moving software. He has consulted in software development and business strategy and has been on the research staff at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs contributing to leading technologies focused on software-based digital signal processing and computational modeling and algorithms.

Douglas Kim
Chief Revenue and Customer Success Officer

Douglas brings more than 25 years of marketing, sales, and client services expertise to Cogito.  Prior to joining Cogito, Douglas built and ran the commercial function for Kyruus – a leading enterprise healthcare provider technology company.  Prior to that, he spent 12 years helping commercialize the BPM and CRM business from $2M to $500M annual revenues for Pegasystems, Inc.  Among many roles there, – he designed and built the Cloud / SaaS business and the Strategic Alliances function. Prior to Pegasystems, Mr. Kim was the Founder of Talksender Inc, a pioneer in cloud based rich-media email marketing used by Warner Bros, Sony Music and Grey Advertising.  Douglas began his career at Novasoft – the leader in Electronic Content Management, where he built and ran the channel function and the Latin America and European regions.  He is a graduate of Boston University School of Engineering, where he studied Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Margaret Olson
SVP of Engineering

Margaret Olson is a seasoned software executive. Prior to joining Cogito she held a number of leadership positions within rapidly growing software companies including an eight-year tenure as the CTO of Constant Contact during which time she helped grow the company from a start-up into a leading provider of SaaS-based marketing technology. She was also CTO of Nix86, a high-growth software company developing frictionless ordering for restaurants and distributors, which she helped co-found. Additionally, Olson co-founded and held the position of CTO at Plum, one of the first web and mobile applications for private social networking and group conversations. She helped grow Plum into a leader in the industry and played a key role in Plum’s acquisition by Nokia.

Dr. John Kane
VP of Signal Processing and Data Science

John Kane is the VP of Signal Processing and Data Science at Cogito, and has worked for the past 12 years or so in the area of speech science and technology. At Cogito he leads the research and development of machine learning algorithms to enable real-time processing of audio, speech and other behavioral signals. John is an active member of the speech research community, contributing as a reviewer for leading journals and conferences in the space and as a maintainer of open source speech processing tools.

Veronica Lee
VP of Strategic Accounts

Veronica Lee is an international professional services executive with nearly two decades of experience. Lee’s prior experience includes serving as the Applications Strategy and Solutions Lead for the APAC region at Oracle, where she was directly responsible for professional services business development in Greater China. Lee worked for Exari Systems, where she designed and implemented Exari’s global customer success programs; and was responsible for professional services, technical delivery, enablement, and support. Previous to Exari, Veronica worked for the Exeter Group, where she transformed the sales and partnership teams through a customer-centric approach to ensure success. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems as well as a Masters in Law from Macquarie University.

Steve Kraus
VP of Marketing

Steve brings over twenty years of experience in marketing, selling, and delivering customer engagement solutions to the world’s most customer-centric organizations. Prior to joining Cogito, Steve led product marketing for Pegasystems CRM suite of applications, growing the suite from a niche player into a recognized leader for marketing, sales, and service applications. Steve led go-to-market activities for Verint (formerly KANA Software), serving as the General Manager for Verint’s customer experience management applications, and led product marketing and strategy for Chordiant Software’s CRM applications. Earlier in his career, Steve managed consulting teams within Ernst &Young. He has a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from The College of The Holy Cross.

Dustin Pederson
VP of Finance and Operations

Dustin has over 10 years of diverse experience at EF Education First, Pegasystems, and Honeywell International.  During his career he has helped set the sales strategy for an entity which sells study abroad programs, been the financial leader of a Cloud software business, and held several other roles in various financial capacities.  A common thread has been his passion for facilitating growth through involvement in all aspects of a business while helping maintain financial control.  Dustin is a CPA (inactive), holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Skyler Place
VP of Behavioral Science

Skyler has an expertise in developing and utilizing new technologies to better understand and predict human behavior and health. At Cogito he is responsible for turning ideas into research prototypes and prototypes into products. Skyler’s team manages all aspects of Cogito Companion. Skyler holds a BA in Computer Science from Colby College, PhDs in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Indiana University, and completed his post-doctoral work in Computational Social Science at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

Steve Wan
VP of Strategic Partnerships

Steve has over 20 years of business development experience in the enterprise software and telecom industries. Before joining Cogito, Steve was the co-founder of One Over Zero, a startup which leveraged machine learning to help clients acquire, analyze and act on customer insights. Previously, he led Mobile Business Development at Dropbox, and spent over 10 years at Qualcomm as a Senior Director of Business Development and Technical Marketing. During that time, Steve worked closely with OEMs and telecom operators to commercialize novel technologies and negotiated deals that resulted in hardware and software being shipped in over a billion smartphones. He received his MBA from the Wharton School, MSEE from Stanford University and BSEE from the University of Michigan. He also holds a JD, specializing in Intellectual Property from the University of San Diego.

Dr. Sandy Pentland
Scientific Visionary and Co-Founder

Sandy pioneered reality mining technology and is a leader in pervasive information systems generally.  He helped create and direct the MIT Media Laboratory, is a member of the U.S. National Academies, and is one of the most-cited computer scientists in the world. Forbes named Sandy one of the `seven most powerful data scientists in the world,’ along with founders of Google and the US Chief Technical Officer.

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