The Sighthound Team
CEO, CTO, and Board Member
RJ has been working in technology the since the age of 15 when he started in the world of telecom and speech recognition. RJ was a co-founder and CTO at Voxeo Corporation and was responsible for the research, development and operations team. Voxeo was acquired in 2013 by Aspect Software and RJ served there as Cloud CTO, leading Aspect’s cloud product strategy and development. RJ has been highly involved in the industry standardization process taking leadership and editor roles within the W3C, IETF and other organizations.
Chief Marketing Officer
Maria is a Marketing Artisan with an entrepreneurial spirit. She is a recognized expert in B2B technology marketing and enjoys building high performing teams. Maria’s 20+ year career is built on customer-centric and creative strategies that drive innovation, accelerate growth and capture mindshare at companies like Freescale, Dell, Babylon health, IBM Watson and her own agency. She speaks three languages, is a mother of three and proudly helped found a community library in Kenya.
Dr. Zain Masood
Chief Research Officer, Co-Founder
Zain Masood holds a PhD in Computer Science, with emphasis in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, from University of Central Florida (UCF). He has expertise pertaining to action/gesture recognition, object detection, shadow detection/removal, face recognition and computational photography. He currently heads the research department at Sighthound.
Chief Architect, Co-Founder
Markus brings twenty years of software design and development expertise to Sighthound. He developed his own award-winning encryption solutions before working on development and architecture at, in turn, Voxeo, ZoneLabs, later Checkpoint, and LiveOps. Major areas of interest and specialization are security, concurrency, networking and all things media. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen, Germany.
Board Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Disruption Officer
Jonathan Taylor is “full stack entrepreneur” and investor who has started seven companies, run six, sold four, and acquired seventeen others. In 1999, Jonathan founded Voxeo with the mission to make phone applications easy to build and deploy. He developed the company into a world-wide, cloud-based, enterprise SaaS platform for automated customer service and sold it to Aspect Software in 2013. In 2012, Jonathan completed the spin-off of Tropo - a real-time communications platform - from Voxeo. Jonathan served as Tropo’s Chairman and sold it to Cisco in 2015. At Sighthound his job is to shake shit up and help break the status quo in our industry, our team and our workplace.
Chief Corporate Development Officer, Board Member
Ryan has a uniquely diverse leadership background spanning engineering, human resources, network operations, corporate culture, and customer service. Over 14 years at Voxeo, he was Senior Vice President of Engineering, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Culture Officer. At Sighthound, Ryan is responsible for product management including our most important product: an Intentional Culture of high performance and customer obsession. Ryan has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.
John is an investor, entrepreneur, sales leader and experienced board member who has served on the boards of AdventHealth, Alterna Capital Solutions, The Geneva School, PlanSource, and now Sighthound. John was a Co-Founder of CoAdvantage, ZeroChaos, and their parent company, PlanSource, which was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2019. Since 2006 John has led Legacy Fund, which invests in private businesses and commercial real estate development opportunities.
Dr. Mubarak Shah
Dr. Shah joins Sighthound as an advisor. He is Trustee Chair Professor of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida, and the founding director of the Center for Research in Computer Vision at UCF. His research interests include video surveillance, visual tracking, human activity recognition, visual analysis of crowded scenes, and video registration. Dr. Shah is a fellow of IEEE, AAAS, IAPR and SPIE. He is an editor of an international book series on Video Computing, editor in chief of Machine Vision and Applications journal, and an associate editor of ACM Computing Surveys journal
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