The Sighthound Team
Board Chairman, CEO
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.
President, 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 Revenue Officer
Nick brings his extensive experience to the team, with over 20 years of sales leadership and a proven track record of exceeding goals and enhancing business. Nick was the Director of Sales & Operations at Voxeo, and most recently, head of World Wide Sales and Marketing at VoxGen. In both roles Nick was responsible for developing process, strategy and alignment within Marketing, Business Development, and Sales execution. Nick prides himself on his ability to effectively communicate with all "C-Level" executives and build/maintain solid relationships with all clients.
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.
Chief Research Officer
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 Product 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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