About Us

Our Values

Our customers  come first.

Our customers come first.

We believe strongly that by enabling the success of others, there exists a virtuous feedback loop that will enable our success as well.

We seek excellence  in everything we do.

We seek excellence in everything we do.

We’re not interested in cutting corners or settling for middle-of-the-road. We aspire to be the best in the business, and work hard to achieve that aim.

We call the shot.

We call the shot.

We say what we’ll do, and do what we say. Unintended virtuous consequences are fine, however — as they say in billiards, “Slop is okay.”

Each one of us is critical  to our team's success.

Each one of us is critical to our team's success.

We believe that impact matters. We encourage everyone to develop their individual talents, and inspire each other to greatness.

We move fast and iterate quickly to innovate.

We move fast and iterate quickly to innovate.

Lots of people say this, but we live it. We embrace new tools and approaches, yet are careful not to break the wrong things. We are always learning.

We contribute back to the community of software and practitioners on which we depend.

We contribute back to the community of software and practitioners on which we depend.

Our commercial work exists to support our ability to push the art forward and do meaningful work in the public space.

Our Team

  • Sanjay Mathur
    Sanjay Mathur

    Sanjay Mathur

    CEO

    Passionate about driving business forward with emerging technology, Sanjay has built his …

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  • John Akred
    John Akred

    John Akred

    CTO

    With over 15 years in advanced analytical applications and architecture, John is …

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  • Christine Zagielski
    Christine Zagielski

    Christine Zagielski

    VP, Sales and Marketing

    Christine is a recognized technology sales and marketing leader known for developing …

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  • Peter Kent
    Peter Kent

    Peter Kent

    CFO

    Peter’s love for startups spans over three decades of experience as a …

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  • Lynette Lilly
    Lynette Lilly

    Lynette Lilly

    VP, Solution Architecture

    Lynette is a proactive and resourceful problem solver and an experienced CRM …

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  • Stephen O’Sullivan
    Stephen O’Sullivan

    Stephen O’Sullivan

    VP, Engineering

    A leading expert on big data architecture and Hadoop, Stephen brings over …

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  • Jeffrey Yau
    Jeffrey Yau

    Jeffrey Yau

    VP, Data Science

    An expert in quantitative modeling, Jeffrey brings over 17 years of experience …

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  • Scott Kurth
    Scott Kurth

    Scott Kurth

    VP, Advisory Services

    Building on 20 years of experience making emerging technologies relevant to enterprises, …

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  • Edd Wilder-James
    Edd Wilder-James

    Edd Wilder-James

    VP, Technology Strategy

    Founder of the pioneering data conference, O’Reilly Strata, Edd is a respected …

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  • Juergen Urbanski
    Juergen Urbanski

    Juergen Urbanski

    VP, Growth

    Juergen is passionate about driving digital transformation with analytics. His extensive experience in …

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  • Tony Falco
    Tony Falco

    Tony Falco

    VP, Product & Innovation

    Tony focuses on translating emerging ideas at SVDS into new products and …

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  • Yue Cathy Chang
    Yue Cathy Chang

    Yue Cathy Chang

    Senior Director, Sales & Client Success

    Cathy is passionate about helping organizations realize their potential by emerging from …

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  • Chris Geissler
    Chris Geissler

    Chris Geissler

    Senior Director, Sales & Client Success

    Chris brings over twenty years of industry and consulting experience to SVDS. …

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  • Steven Hua
    Steven Hua

    Steven Hua

    Senior Director, Marketing

    Steven is an award-winning digital marketing leader who brings over a decade …

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  • Jin Lim
    Jin Lim

    Jin Lim

    Senior Director, Data Science Solution Architecture

    Jin brings to SVDS over twenty years of experience driving data-fueled partnerships, integrations, …

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  • Brad Allen
    Brad Allen

    Brad Allen

    Data Strategist

    Brad is fascinated by emerging technologies and the role they play in …

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  • Gary Dusbabek
    Gary Dusbabek

    Gary Dusbabek

    Principal Engineer

    An Apache Cassandra committer and PMC member, Gary specializes in building distributed …

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  • Meg Blanchette
    Meg Blanchette

    Meg Blanchette

    Communications Manager

    Meg has spent her professional life helping to facilitate technical dialogues and …

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  • Serena Cheng
    Serena Cheng

    Serena Cheng

    Principal Architect

    Serena enjoys exploring new and emerging technologies and using them to build …

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  • Rick Drushal
    Rick Drushal

    Rick Drushal

    Principal Architect

    Bringing deep architecture and delivery experience to bear, Rick is passionate about …

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  • Erica Dzierzon
    Erica Dzierzon

    Erica Dzierzon

    Controller

    Erica has over a decade of experience in accounting with a CPA …

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  • Ben Everson
    Ben Everson

    Ben Everson

    Data Scientist

    Ben has a background in computational biophysics, where he leveraged complex bioinformatic …

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  • Tom Fawcett
    Tom Fawcett

    Tom Fawcett

    Principal Data Scientist

    Co-author of the popular book Data Science for Business, Tom brings over …

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  • Dmitriy Feferman
    Dmitriy Feferman

    Dmitriy Feferman

    Senior Data Engineer

    Dmitriy has worked on a broad range of technologies in both the …

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  • Colette Glaeser
    Colette Glaeser

    Colette Glaeser

    Principal Data Strategist

    With a proven track record in applying analytics to provide a competitive …

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  • Angelica Gonzalez
    Angelica Gonzalez

    Angelica Gonzalez

    Executive Assistant/Office Coordinator

    Angelica is passionate about creating and maintaining a welcoming environment for employees. …

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  • Drew Hardin
    Drew Hardin

    Drew Hardin

    Principal Data Scientist

    With an extensive background in both computer science and statistics, Drew enjoys …

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  • Alejandro Herrera
    Alejandro Herrera

    Alejandro Herrera

    Business Developer

    Alejandro is passionate about helping organizations tackle their business challenges through the …

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  • Paul Ho
    Paul Ho

    Paul Ho

    Principal Engineer

    Paul is an experienced engineering leader, with a strong history in Silicon …

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  • Fausto Inestroza
    Fausto Inestroza

    Fausto Inestroza

    Senior Data Engineer

    Combining his expertise of emerging technologies and cross-industry experience, Fausto helps clients …

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  • Matt Johanson
    Matt Johanson

    Matt Johanson

    Solution Architect

    Matt comes to SVDS with over 13 years of experience bringing data …

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  • Jeff Lam
    Jeff Lam

    Jeff Lam

    Senior Data Engineer

    With over a decade of experience in companies of various sizes and …

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  • Luke Lowery
    Luke Lowery

    Luke Lowery

    Senior Data Engineer

    With more than 7 years of experience in creating large scale applications, …

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  • Ryan Magnusson
    Ryan Magnusson

    Ryan Magnusson

    Senior Data Engineer

    Ryan has over 13 years of experience creating enterprise applications for giants …

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  • Daniel Margala
    Daniel Margala

    Daniel Margala

    Data Scientist

    Daniel has experience in solving problems and building solutions in a variety …

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  • Chloe Mawer
    Chloe Mawer

    Chloe Mawer

    Senior Data Scientist

    Coming from a background in geophysics and hydrology, Chloe is well-versed in …

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  • Harrison Mebane
    Harrison Mebane

    Harrison Mebane

    Data Engineer

    With a background in theoretical physics research, Harrison brings a broad knowledge …

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  • Milenko Milanovic
    Milenko Milanovic

    Milenko Milanovic

    Director, Engineering

    Milenko has extensive experience architecting and implementing software solutions across variety of …

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  • Mark Mims
    Mark Mims

    Mark Mims

    Principal Engineer

    Mark has extensive experience architecting and implementing data science solutions across a …

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  • Matt Mollison
    Matt Mollison

    Matt Mollison

    Data Scientist

    With a background in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Matt has extensive experience …

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  • Larry Murdock
    Larry Murdock

    Larry Murdock

    Principal Data Engineer

    Larry has decades of experience helping businesses define their needs, architect solutions, …

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  • Holly Nguyen
    Holly Nguyen

    Holly Nguyen

    Marketing Coordinator

    With a strong background in operations, project coordination and event planning, Holly …

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  • Heather Nelson
    Heather Nelson

    Heather Nelson

    Senior Solution Architect

    A problem solver by nature, Heather is passionate about helping organizations leverage …

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  • Silvia Oliveros
    Silvia Oliveros

    Silvia Oliveros

    Data Engineer

    With a background in computer engineering and visual analytics, Silvia has worked …

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  • Christian Perez
    Christian Perez

    Christian Perez

    Data Scientist

    Whether it is single molecule biophysics or on-chip waveguides for next-gen laser-based …

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  • Justin Pront
    Justin Pront

    Justin Pront

    Senior Solution Architect

    An expert at navigating the ever-expanding middle ground between business capability needs …

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  • Andrew Ray
    Andrew Ray

    Andrew Ray

    Principal Data Engineer

    With a background in mathematics and graph theory, Andrew is always looking …

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  • Matthew Rubashkin
    Matthew Rubashkin

    Matthew Rubashkin

    Data Engineer

    With a background in optical physics and biomedical research, Matt has a …

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  • Anjali Samani
    Anjali Samani

    Anjali Samani

    Senior Data Scientist

    With a background in machine learning, Anjali is adept at managing and …

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  • Hillery Simmons
    Hillery Simmons

    Hillery Simmons

    Director, Business Operations

    With a background that includes data engineering, IT consulting, business operations, and product …

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  • Sean Stauth
    Sean Stauth

    Sean Stauth

    Director, Sales & Client Success

    For over a decade Sean has worked at the intersection of emerging …

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  • Julie Steele
    Julie Steele

    Julie Steele

    Director, Communications

    Julie thinks in metaphors and finds beauty in the clear communication of …

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  • Mark Flynn
    Mark Flynn

    Mark Flynn

    Board Member

    Mark is a member of the Board at Silicon Valley Data Science …

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  • Cindi Thompson
    Cindi Thompson

    Cindi Thompson

    Principal Data Scientist

    Cindi is a naturally collaborative problem-solver able to bridge technical and business …

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  • James McLean
    James McLean

    James McLean

    Co-Founder and Board Member

    Jim is a co-founder of Silicon Valley Data Science.

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  • Michael Franklin
    Michael Franklin

    Michael Franklin

    Advisor

    As Director of Berkeley’s Algorithms, Machines, and People Laboratory (AMPlab), Professor Michael …

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  • Peter Loukianoff
    Peter Loukianoff

    Peter Loukianoff

    Advisor

    Peter Loukianoff is a co-founder and seed investor of Silicon Valley Data …

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  • Nayla Rizk
    Nayla Rizk

    Nayla Rizk

    Advisor

    Nayla Rizk currently consults with start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York …

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  • Lita Unruh
    Lita Unruh

    Lita Unruh

    Director, People & Culture

    Lita has two decades of experience creating, developing, and leading the People …

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  • James Sims
    James Sims

    James Sims

    Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board

    Jim is a co-founder and Chairman of Silicon Valley Data Science. Jim …

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  • Mauricio Vacas
    Mauricio Vacas

    Mauricio Vacas

    Senior Data Engineer

    With years of experience working with cloud computing and distributed data architectures, …

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  • Heather Vora
    Heather Vora

    Heather Vora

    Senior Accountant

    Heather has over a decade experience in accounting, much of which was …

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  • Bryan Walker
    Bryan Walker

    Bryan Walker

    Data Strategist

    With a diverse background in technology strategy and solution architecture, Bryan is …

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  • Jonathan Whitmore
    Jonathan Whitmore

    Jonathan Whitmore

    Senior Data Scientist

    Following a postdoctoral position in astrophysics, Jonathan is a sought after speaker …

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  • Richard Williamson
    Richard Williamson

    Richard Williamson

    Principal Engineer

    Richard has been at the cutting edge of big data since its …

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Interested in joining our team? We’d love to talk with you!

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Our Timeline

2013
It’s alive!

It’s alive!

SVDS was founded by seasoned data science experts Sanjay Mathur and John Akred, along with entrepreneurial investors Jim McLean, Jim Sims, and Peter Loukianoff. They had seen first-hand that the hardest part of doing data science well is building strong and diverse teams. Their passion for pairing data science with engineering, and enterprise know-how with start-up agility, led to the birth of Silicon Valley Data Science.

First real office

First real office

As much as our first team members (especially the Chief Canine Officer, Amory) enjoyed the California sunshine in Sanjay’s backyard, it wasn’t long before we were big enough to need a real office. We moved in on John’s birthday!

First client engagement

First client engagement

While we don’t have a dollar to frame behind our shop counter, we’re nonetheless very proud of the work we did for our very first client, Edmunds.com. Read the case study here.

First train detected

First train detected

We love data. We love trains. Our office was next to a Caltrain Station. As a fun way to hone our data science skills (read: R&D), we decided to set up our own audio and video sensors to see if we could improve the information from publicly available sensors (Twitter, Caltrain API).

2014
Bunch of Slackers

Bunch of Slackers

From the beginning, we knew that creating a strong set of tools and a culture supportive of remote work would be one of the keys to building the strongest possible team of experts. Slack allows us to collaborate at scale — as well as to keep up on the latest emojis.

Mike Franklin joins the Board of Advisors

Mike Franklin joins the Board of Advisors

A key member of the Spark team, Professor Michael Franklin has overseen and nurtured many notable developments—including the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack, from which Apache Spark originated. Over the course of 2014, he brought us valuable insight and direction with Spark and its associated technologies.

Spark Certified Systems Integrator

Spark Certified Systems Integrator

SVDS was one of the first companies to complete the certification program created by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the popular open-source Big Data processing engine Apache Spark.

2015
Caltrain Rider app release

Caltrain Rider app release

All that R&D finally came to fruition: we learned enough about detecting and identifying trains to build an intuitive view of the Caltrain system and share it with the public. Now anyone can get Caltrain Rider from the iTunes App Store or from the Google Play Store.

Moar office space

Moar office space

Having nearly doubled in size in about a year, we needed a little more elbow room. We said goodbye to our favorite bubble tea spot in Sunnyvale and moved into a brand-new space in Mountain View. Check out the majesty!

Chicago office

Chicago office

Our plans for world domination began to unfold when we opened a second office at 333 North Michigan, in Chicago’s East Loop.

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