Founder Ali Farhadi Will Focus on Executing Vision for AI
functionality on Billions of Devices
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AI–Today, Xnor.ai, a high growth AI edge computing company, announced Jon
Gelsey as Chief Executive Officer. Gelsey joins Xnor from Auth0, which
under his leadership as CEO quickly grew from a few engineers working
out of their living rooms to a leading global identity-as-a-service
“I’m drawn to Xnor because our founders’ innovations are a sea change in
AI. By drastically shrinking the compute requirements for crucial
AI-dependent functions including computer vision and speech recognition,
we are enabling devices at the edge to accomplish tasks never before
possible. I’m excited to work side-by-side with our founders Professor
Ali Farhadi and Dr. Mohammad Rastegari, who have set the company on a
powerful technology and business focused course,” said Jon Gelsey, CEO.
Founder Ali Farhadi transitions to CXO where he will lead all aspects of
the engineering organization. He will focus on expanding the Xnor.ai
platform to new compute platforms and on extending Xnor’s technology to
support a broad set of AI applications beyond computer vision.
“I’m thrilled to work closely with Jon to deliver on our vision of AI
everywhere, on every device. With Jon as CEO I will be able to dedicate
my time to ensure that Xnor’s high-performance and super-efficient AI
technology remains years ahead of other solutions in the market,” said
Ali Farhadi, Xnor founder and CXO.
Prior to Auth0, Gelsey was responsible for acquisitions and investments
at Microsoft, and was a venture investor at Intel Capital. Gelsey
started his career as an IC designer and CPU architect for supercomputer
company Convex Computer, acquired by HP.
After recently closing a $12m round of funding, Xnor’s board of
directors see the company as well positioned for the next phase of
“Jon is an outstanding choice,” said Matt Mcllwain of Madrona Venture
Group. “Xnor’s breakthroughs enable a vast expansion of machine learning
powered applications and services that solve customer problems. Jon has
a depth of technology and business building experience with taking an
entirely new concept to market and building a successful business. We
are excited to see the next steps in the Xnor journey.”
Separately, Xnor announced they are the exclusive research partner for
the inaugural Edge
AI Summit to be held in San Francisco in December.
brings highly efficient AI to edge devices such as cameras, cars,
drones, wearables and IoT devices. The Xnor platform allows product
developers to run complex deep learning algorithms — previously
restricted to the cloud — locally, on a wide range of devices. This
new, highly-scalable approach ensures complete privacy of data,
eliminates the need for connectivity, and significantly reduces memory
load, and power demands; all delivered at the lowest cost, without
compromising accuracy or performance. Xnor is a venture funded startup,
founded on award winning research conducted at the University of
Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Xnor’s
industry-leading technology is used by global corporations in aerospace,
automotive, retail, photography, consumer electronics and government.
For more information about Xnor’s Artificial Intelligence technology,
please contact Fred Bullock at 650.898.7408 or [email protected].
Fred Bullock, 650-898-7408