Leadership Team

Thought Leaders That Drive The Industry

Who We Are

Extraordinary Machine’s leadership team is made up of experts in speech science, knowledge management and business development individuals with deep experience in speech and AI technologies.

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Stephen Brown

VP of Software Engineering

Stephen has spent over 20 years building and deploying interconnected hardware/software solutions. Having focused his career on emerging technologies and tech startups, Stephen has led development and support teams in the content delivery, supply chain and financial services sectors. His clients have included Warner Brothers, ComCast, Intuit, APM Terminals, Volkswagen, Sanofi and ALL Scripts. Prior to joining Telepathy, Stephen served as Director of Engineering for a Singapore-based retail software developer providing Merchandising, Analytics and Loyalty platforms to customers including Las Vegas Sands, Max Mara, The Swatch Group, and LVMH. During his time in Singapore, Stephen oversaw a multinational team of developers spread across four countries while managing all compliance and serve level requirements of the company’s enterprise clients. Stephen holds a B.S. In Computer Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Multimedia Processors from UCLA.

Vijeta Avijeet

VP of Engineering, Speech Technology

Vijeta relishes the challenge of converting a research project into successful engineered product. He is highly skilled in solving complex mathematical algorithms in signal processing and efficient design of resource constrained software for embedded systems. Before joining Telepathy, Vijeta led R&D engineering teams at Nuance Communications, working directly with major European, North American and Japanese auto manufacturers to develop the R&D for their voice platforms. Prior to its acquisition by Nuance, Vijeta was responsible for SVOX AG's Platform architecture and customization of SVOX ASR, TTS and Dialog manager for deployment on various CPU/OS combinations. Earlier in his career, he developed audio libraries and audio processing technologies at Fraunhofer institute and Harman Becker Automotive Systems. Vijeta holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife, Liubov Brezhneva, and daughter Anita in Zürich.

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Eric Bonabeau

Chief Scientific Officer

Eric oversees all machine learning, in support of Telepathy's ambitious vision. Prior to joining TL, Eric was the Dean of Global Affairs and the founding Dean of Computational Sciences at The Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, and the founder and Chairman of Icosystem Corporation (Boston). Eric is also a Professor at Arizona State University, ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center for Biosocial Complexity. His work in the last two decades has focused on exploring the limits of human decision making in a complex, decentralized and unpredictable world –and how technology can push these limits. Computational models of behavior and decision making, predictive analytics, machine learning and search and discovery techniques form the core of his approach to decision support. Eric completed his PhD in Theoretical Physics at Paris-Sud University. Having moved West persistently over the years from Paris to Boston to New Mexico to California, he now finds himself in Berkeley, CA with his family.

Larry Lefkowitz

VP of Semantic Technology

Larry has been an AI practitioner for more than 30 years. His experience runs the gamut, from co-founding and directing an AI research lab, to leading the development of intelligent tutoring and other AI software, to managing a 60-person professional services practice that developed knowledge-based solutions for clients across the globe. He was a project and program manager at a premier AI technology company and has served as Chief Knowledge Officer and Chief Scientist at companies focused on commercializing and applying AI technologies. Larry strives to bring a balanced view to all of his projects, combining an appreciation for the needs of the business with a deep understanding of AI technology’s capabilities. His strength is building bridges, between clients and solution providers, between services organizations and software developers, between management and staff, and between strategic objectives and the tactical activities needed to achieve them. Larry received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of Massachusetts. He currently lives in Boston with his wife and best friend, Amy.

Tom Gotuzzo

SVP Business Development

Tom has managed and driven sales and service revenues from millions to billions and has collaborated with large global organizations for strategic partnerships and favorable alliances. Previously, Tom was the global head of mobile, home and IoT for Voicebox Technologies `{`sold to Nuance`}`. He has a unique background combining business development, AI technology and finance in diversified international work environments for start-ups and multi-billion organizations, covering consumer electronics, industrial, telecom, IoT and retail. Tom launched Sprint wireless as a startup (and various other Silicon Valley startups), he was the head of 3rd Party National Retail and Operations for T-Mobile, and he was a founding member at Navvo, securing distribution in over 20 countries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach. Tom enjoys outdoor sports including surfing, soccer, golfing, and mountain biking. Originally from southern California, he now lives in Seattle.

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Stephen Brown

VP of Software Engineering

Stephen has spent over 20 years building and deploying interconnected hardware/software solutions. Having focused his career on emerging technologies and tech startups, Stephen has led development and support teams in the content delivery, supply chain and financial services sectors. His clients have included Warner Brothers, ComCast, Intuit, APM Terminals, Volkswagen, Sanofi and ALL Scripts. Prior to joining Telepathy, Stephen served as Director of Engineering for a Singapore-based retail software developer providing Merchandising, Analytics and Loyalty platforms to customers including Las Vegas Sands, Max Mara, The Swatch Group, and LVMH. During his time in Singapore, Stephen oversaw a multinational team of developers spread across four countries while managing all compliance and serve level requirements of the company’s enterprise clients. Stephen holds a B.S. In Computer Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Multimedia Processors from UCLA.

Vijeta Avijeet

VP of Engineering, Speech Technology

Vijeta relishes the challenge of converting a research project into successful engineered product. He is highly skilled in solving complex mathematical algorithms in signal processing and efficient design of resource constrained software for embedded systems. Before joining Telepathy, Vijeta led R&D engineering teams at Nuance Communications, working directly with major European, North American and Japanese auto manufacturers to develop the R&D for their voice platforms. Prior to its acquisition by Nuance, Vijeta was responsible for SVOX AG's Platform architecture and customization of SVOX ASR, TTS and Dialog manager for deployment on various CPU/OS combinations. Earlier in his career, he developed audio libraries and audio processing technologies at Fraunhofer institute and Harman Becker Automotive Systems. Vijeta holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife, Liubov Brezhneva, and daughter Anita in Zürich.

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