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.
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 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.
Dr. Skyler Place combines decades of psychological theory with cutting edge behavioral data to drive positive behavior change. He influences product capabilities and provides thought leadership to clients within enterprise sales and service operations. His team of behavioral scientists, analysts and consultants apply best practice principles and novel insights to ensure higher performance for both organizations and individuals. Skyler has over fifteen years of experience developing and implementing new approaches to better predict and improve human behavior. Prior to Cogito, Skyler led large-scale academic research projects at the intersection of artificial intelligence and behavioral science. 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.
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.
Kate is a recognized technology industry thought leader responsible for delivering business value to foster deep long-term client relationships. Prior to joining Cogito, Kate was a Vice President at Appian, where she built out a global business line and was responsible for securing and managing multi-million dollar strategic client relationships. Kate played a pivotal role in growing Appian from a niche technology provider to an industry leader that experienced a successful IPO. Kate also held leadership positions within market leading customer experience software companies including Chordiant Software and Pegasystems. Earlier in her career she led consulting teams with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM. Kate has a BS in legal studies from Rivier University and law degree from Suffolk University.
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.
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 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.
Martin leads Cogito’s global client development team responsible for establishing relationships with the world’s most forward-thinking enterprises. Martin is an experienced leader of rapidly growing technology companies, including SuccessFactors, where he managed numerous sales functions helping build the company into the category leader in Enterprise HR, culminating in a $3.4B acquisition by SAP. Post-acquisition, Martin held a number of key executive positions within SAP, driving sales and growth initiatives. Martin has an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and an Executive Certificate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Paul manages the process of evolving Cogito’s product strategy and creating differentiated solutions that meet clients’ current and future needs. He leads a team of product managers responsible for ensuring value-add functionality, high performance and exceptional quality. Paul has more than fifteen years of experience delivering cloud solutions to the world’s largest enterprises. Prior to joining Cogito, he was VP of Product Management at Imprivata, where he was responsible for helping healthcare organizations address critical compliance and security challenges while improving provider productivity and the patient experience. Paul also held leadership roles in Engineering and Product Management at Cisco systems, focusing on Contact Center Solutions and Collaboration Platforms. Paul has a BS from the University of Connecticut and a Masters in Information Technology from Harvard.
Lauren is Cogito’s VP of People & Culture and is responsible for the development and oversight of people practices and culture that support employee and organizational success at Cogito. She has 15 years of expertise leading large, diverse teams and managing People-related initiatives for growing companies across the technology sector. Prior to Cogito, Lauren worked as a human resources executive for Pivotal, a global Silicon Valley based software startup, where she was responsible for building and overseeing People operations while helping the company grow and scale. While there, she also developed HR offerings for customers interested in transforming their culture and people strategy to a more modern approach. Lauren previously worked for EMC (now Dell Technologies), where she held a variety of Human Resources roles including in Recruiting Leadership & Strategy, Program Management, Leadership development, and Global Mobility. Lauren received an MBA in Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in Business with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Marketing from Boston College.
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.
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.