At their first company, co-founders Somen and Shaun struggled to make data-backed hiring decisions. Frustrated with the gut-feel approach, they knew there had to be a better way. At an exciting time for artificial intelligence exploration and development, Ideal was born.
From day one, Ideal has focused on building an AI-obsessed team. With backgrounds ranging from Industrial Organizational Psychology to Computer Science, the Ideal team has attracted top AI and ML talent from around the world!
Tinkerers, problem solvers and AI enthusiasts thrive at Ideal.
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Somen is a Canadian entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Ideal. With an early fascination of the future of AI, Somen pursued a B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and a M.B.A from Queen's University. Somen served as Co-Founder and CEO of Field ID until it was acquired by Master Lock LLC in December 2012. Somen’s trophy case includes spots on the Profit Hot 50 and Deloitte Fast 50 Companies-to-Watch lists as well as the 2012 Ontario Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Outside the office, Somen is passionate about the AI tech community and has a knack for discovering great restaurants around the world.
Shaun is the Co-Founder of Ideal, which is his second business after a successful acquisition of the previous start up, Field ID. After winning Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and recently marking 15 years since starting his first side project, he is finally comfortable answering, "I'm an entrepreneur," to the dreaded, "So what do you do?" at cocktail parties. He is passionate about artificial intelligence and the potential it holds for building products that bring real productivity gains to his customers. When he is not working, he is convincing himself that the XBox One he recently bought was not for him, but for his two children (who, oddly enough, are not old enough to play video games yet).
Matt previously headed up the Anti-Spam team at MessageLabs, where he created the world's first publicly available Bayesian Spam filter, the real-time signature system and overall infrastructure for global spam detection for millions of users worldwide. Since then Matt created the Haraka SMTP server, used by Craigslist and others to provide scalable email services to their users. In his spare time Matt is an avid climber, photographer, cyclist and snowboarder.
As the VP of Product Management, Jason is responsible for the product strategy and roadmap at Ideal. His passion for artificial intelligence makes him a perfect fit for the team. He has worked with several start-up companies to deliver successful products to market, including DisplayLink (a Deloitte Fast 500 winner), TemboStatus, Swinguru, and others. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Jason has spent most of his career internationally, having lived in the UK, Taiwan, Belgium, and the US. Now back in Canada (for good?) he enjoys spending time with his two boys and re-discovering the best parts of Toronto. Also, Jason is totally awesome.
Ji-A’s experience as an assessment and recruitment consultant makes her a perfect fit for Ideal. She holds a Master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has been featured in The Atlantic, SHRM, ERE, and Recruiter.com. Her expertise in artificial intelligence for recruiting makes her an indispensable part of the team. Off the clock, Ji-A enjoys lifting weights, playing with her greyhound, and amusing friends with her freestyles.
Kayla joined the Ideal team with an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a compelling interest in artificial intelligence and the future of work. Today she covers the startup world including the latest in AI for recruiting, growth marketing, predictive analytics and intelligent hiring. Her work has been featured on HubSpot, TechVibes, HR.com, Verge Magazine and more. Outside of Ideal’s doors she is a big fan of dinner parties and spontaneous road trips. She has also been known to moonlight as an aspiring stand-up comic.
Blair came to Ideal as a front-end web developer. With the guidance of our CTO Matt Sergeant, Blair quickly became fascinated with AI and ML and graduated to a Full-stack Developer role. He's a gamer (Xbox One/PC) and a Maker that loves Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and his LULZbot TAZ 5 3d printer. His work has been featured on MAKEzine and HackADay, and he speaks about his projects at a number of meetups. In 2015 he applied his tech-skills to build an interactive art installation for the Toronto Design Offsite festival. Oh, and he ran the Philly marathon, which makes him the office’s craziest runner.
Dwayne is the first Account Executive to join Ideal. Bringing over 4 years of previous sales experience to the table, along with a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, he is a solution seller, relationship builder and problem solver. He is a constant learner and developed a real passion for AI and ML over the last few years. He is always looking to learn more about the industry, attending conferences, meetups and other networking events with local experts. Outside of work, Dwayne is interested in traveling, trying new Caribbean restaurants and staying on top of fashion trends.
Avi joins the team with a BSc in Statistics, Mathematics and Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto. He’s a big fan of robotics, the maker scene, and cool AI acronyms like NLP and ML. When he’s not coding, you’ll probably find him boxing, a hobby he’s been at for over 10 years. Avi brings a robust software engineering skill set to the Ideal team as well as in-depth Star Trek knowledge.
After attending the University of Toronto for Computer Science, Tural came on board to add more development power to the Ideal team. Tural is particularly interested in the intersection of AI and neuroscience and excited about the ways advances in AI can help us better understand the brain. In his spare time Tural likes to read papers and articles about new applications of ML, play chess and explore nature.
Nem is an Ivy League educated startup enthusiast, engineer and innovator. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto and dual MBAs from Cornell and Queen's University. He has a very wide range of experience including being a CTO, Professor and Nuclear Engineer. Nem is an expert in designing and building intelligent control systems. When he is not collecting university degrees, you can find him at primary school birthday parties and playgrounds with his twins.
Rafik is a Computer Science grad from the University of Toronto. He has spent past several years in the finance industry building machine-learning infrastructure, big-data systems, complex data pipelines and supporting Data Scientists as a Data Engineer. He brings in a strong background in data engineering, cybersecurity, software engineering and machine learning. On the side, Rafik enjoys helping others learn to code, playing with his homegrown algo-trading "AI," and reading up on physics, geopolitics and history. He also is a top contributor to Ideal's #videogames slack channel.
Before joining Ideal, Paul attended Carleton University to earn a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering. When he wasn't skating to school on the Rideau Canal, he was busy studying image processing and machine learning applications in medicine. His AI development experience has spanned ad tech for user acquisition and growth hacking, video analysis in camera security systems and wound care for healthcare cost reduction. After work, Paul likes to play Dungeons & Dragons with his friends and take care of his needy papillon named Finnegan.
Misha joined Ideal after graduating from Ryerson University where he studied Computer Science and was a varsity athlete on the Men’s Soccer team. While still in school, Misha worked with a team of researchers looking at big data, cloud security, machine learning and AI—building a few robots and working on personal projects along the way. He is interested in how AI will shape the future of work and helping ensure that the advancement of the field is done in a safe and ethical manner. Misha loves the outdoors, travelling and still kicks the soccer ball around from time to time.
Michael Hyatt is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of BlueCat Networks and a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40™ Award. BlueCat is a four-time winner of “Deloitte’s Fast 50” and has received Gartner’s highest “Strong Positive” rating. Michael also co-founded Dyadem, a highly successful software company that was acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS). Michael is a weekly business commentator on CBC Newsworld and has been featured on the cover of Canadian Business Magazine. He is also a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award and an active participant and lender for a number of special charities.
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