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Ahmed Bouzid

Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

Founder and Chief Product Officer at Witlingo, formerly Product Head at Amazon.com (Alexa/Echo)

Founder and Chief Product Officer at Witlingo, formerly Product Head at Amazon.com (Alexa/Echo)

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13 vouches

Involved In

Founder

The Ubiquitous Voice Society
XOWi

Advisor

IGNITE-TEK
UCIC
HDC Accelerator
IGNITE-TEK

Positions

Chief Product Officer Witlingo February 2016 - present
Advisor UCIC March 2016 - present
Co-Founder & President The Ubiquitous Voice Society October 2014 - present
Board Member HDC Accelerator January 2016 - present
Advisor IGNITE-TEK January 2016 - present
Product Head / The Connected Home (CoHo) / Amazon Echo / Digital Products Amazon January 2015 - February 2016
Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer XOWi July 2013 - December 2015
Senior Director, Business Solutions Genesys March 2014 - January 2015
VP Product & Innovation MicroStrategy / Angel.com December 2012 - June 2013
Senior Director, Product & Innovation MicroStrategy / Angel.com January 2012 - December 2012
Senior Director, Product Management & Marketing MicroStrategy / Angel.com May 2011 - December 2011
Director, Product Management & Marketing MicroStrategy / Angel.com March 2009 - April 2011
Director, Partner Solutions MicroStrategy / Angel.com January 2009 - March 2009
Senior Product Manager, Channel Solutions MicroStrategy August 2006 - December 2008
Product Manager, Partnerships MicroStrategy / Angel.com January 2005 - July 2006
Sales Consultant MicroStrategy / Angel.com March 2004 - January 2005
Speech Engineer SpeechCycle (Tell-Eureka) 2003 - 2004
Senior Software Engineer Unisys 2000 - 2002
Staff Software Engineer Unisys 1995 - 1999

Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Philosophy of Science and Technology 1998
The George Washington University Computer Science

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Leadership
  • • Natural language processing
  • • Saas marketing
  • • SaaS Product Development
  • • Speech recognition
  • • Strategy
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Robotics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Saas • Natural language processing • Saas marketing • SaaS Product Development • SaaS sales • Speech recognition

Key Accomplishments

1 - Launched the Amazon Echo's Connected Home product.
2 - Was member of the executive team that grew a SaaS business (Angel.com) to a profitable business that sold to our biggest competitor for $110 MM.
3 - Founded and launched the Ubiquitous Voice Society, a non-profit organization with the mission of nurturing the next generation of voice user experience researchers, designers, product managers, marketers, and entrepreneurs.

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Lisa Falkson
We worked together  •  Lead Voice UX Designer at NextEV. Previously Senior VUI/UX Designer, CloudCar™. Graduate of Stanford and UCLA.
Ahmed is a charismatic leader with excellent experience. He is intelligent, motivated, and has excellent and original ideas. He also has t ... he energy and creativity to carry out his vision.
Richard Scarbath
We worked together  •  Sr Director Key Accounts, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Genesys (Formerly Angel.com).
Ahmed is the the single most versatile co-worker Ive ever had the pleasure to work with. He is an expert in innovation (finding solutions to ... problems), design, strategy. I was responsible for selling 5 or 6 SaaS "firsts" at a previous company and Ahmed was there to help me with concept, prototype, deployment iteration for every one of those projects. He has the business sense to understand problems and conceptualize/build the solutions. I would advise anyone fortunate enough to work with Ahmed to ask lots of questions and listen intently!
Rajesh Ramchander
They're my school  •  Vice President, Engineering, Genesys. Previously Senior Director of Engineering, Genesys | Angel.
Ahmed is extremely innovative and is always tinkering with new ideas and implementing them. He has a wealth of knowledge that could be usefu ... l to startups at any stage.
Eskinder Sahle
They're my school  •  SP Team, Arista Networks and Systems Engineering Manager, Brocade.
Hassan Sawaf
They're my advisor  •  Senior Director, Cognitive Computing Group, eBay and Member, Board of Directors, BluLogix.
Ahmed is driven by opportunity and an idea, and knows how to have the right people join him to execute on the idea well. His domain knowledg ... e in telecommunication, E commerce and language technology is a great mix to have him be a great partner in business, or a sound board for ideas.
Mahyar Fotoohi
We worked together  •  Co-founder, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation. Previously Regional Account Manager - Canada, Quanser.
Ahmed a progressive thinker, action oriented manager and a high energy execution machine.
Susan Hura
They're my current cofounder  •  Principal, SpeechUsability. Previously Conference Co-Chair, SpeechTEK, Information Today, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Ahmed has deep knowledge of the speech technology industry, from both the technical and business perspectives, and makes it a point to know ... the most creative and original thinkers. He is a big picture thinker, understands the value of attending to details, and maintains strong focus on his core principals throughout.
Leor Grebler
They're my mentor  •  CEO and Co-Founder, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation. Previously Academic Solutions Advisor, Quanser.
Ahmed is always thinking about the best way to work together with others. He offers real help and is one of the most conscientious professio ... nals who I've met.
Rohan Mutagi
We worked together  •  Software Development Manager - Amazon Connected Home, Amazon. Previously Software Development Engineer, Microsoft.
Ahmed brings in a lot of energy and can-do attitude along with his rich experience on the table. He took over Alexa Connected Home few weeks ... prior to the launch and drove it to success in a very short time-frame. Post launch, he leveraged his broad network to start building on early success of the Connected Home product. Given his positive attitude, great network and excellent insight into market, I believe Ahmed would make a great adviser.
Manpreet Singh
They're my friends  •  President and Co-Founder, Talk Local. Previously Sr. Equity Analyst, Profit Investment Management. Wharton grad.
Ahmed knows his stuff like your mama knows your voice on the telephone. He's helped countless startups build quality products and smart grow ... th strategies in the speech recognition game so he'd be a huge asset to many.
Rajiv Bammi
We worked together  •  Technical Program Manager, Amazon Echo, Amazon. Previously Technical Manager(Consultant), Google.
Ahmed is full of energy and very customer focused. A great thinker, executor and leader.
Michael Zirngibl
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Interact.io and Soccer World Champion / Fussballweltmeister, Deutschland.
Super smart and focused. Passionate about his ideas. Great communicator and team player.
Sam Aparicio
They're my advisor  •  Co-founder & CEO, Ringio. Previously Co-founder & COO, Ringio.
Ahmed has contagious enthusiasm, thinks deeply, and knows how to roll his sleeves up to do the dirty work needed to get a startup off the ai ... r. He would be a great business cofounder for an engineering-minded cofounder, or a great product cofounder for a sales-oriented cofounder

Lisa Falkson
We worked together  •  Lead Voice UX Designer at NextEV. Previously Senior VUI/UX Designer, CloudCar™. Graduate of Stanford and UCLA.
Lisa possesses the golden trifecta: amazing intellect, impressive drive and stamina, and the ability to work well with anyone. She is among ... the very elite in the voice design field and was a key contributor to the success of the Amazon Echo. In a nutshell an A+ player.

Eskinder Sahle
SP Team, Arista Networks and Systems Engineering Manager, Brocade.

Eskinder Sahle
They're my current cofounder  •  SP Team, Arista Networks and Systems Engineering Manager, Brocade.
Eskinder loves to innovate and to do big things. He wants to change the world and has the drive and intelligence to execute on his ideas.

Rohan Mutagi
We worked together  •  Software Development Manager - Amazon Connected Home, Amazon. Previously Software Development Engineer, Microsoft.
Rohan is a rare leader who combines deep subject matter knowledge, impressive tenacity, and an unflappable drive to see things through and d ... one, no matter the obstacles. He is an innovative visionary without whose entrepreneurial leadership and long haul dedication the Amazon Echo and Alexa would not be the success that it is today.

Rajiv Bammi
We worked together  •  Technical Program Manager, Amazon Echo, Amazon. Previously Technical Manager(Consultant), Google.
Rajiv is a problem solver and a reliable go-to professional. His talents for negotiation and mediation, for driving product and Engineering ... teams to work together, and for delivering high quality output on time, are impressive. Rare is the professional who knows how to combine efficiency with effectiveness and still remain liked by everyone. Rajiv is such a professional.

Richard Scarbath
We worked together  •  Sr Director Key Accounts, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Genesys (Formerly Angel.com).
Rich is the consummate Solution Selling professional. He is a master at identifying client pain and communicating product value. His tena ... city, his focus on the client, and his relationship-based engagement methodology are the secret sauce to his consistent and unflappable success.

Susan Hura
We worked together  •  Principal, SpeechUsability. Previously Conference Co-Chair, SpeechTEK, Information Today, Inc.. The University of Texas at Austin grad.
Susan is an enormously talented professional, an industry leader, and a sharp intellect, who knows how to combine her deep subject matter kn ... owledge in Speech interaction usability with the her proven leadership skills to deliver excellence in everything that she undertakes.

Hassan Sawaf
We worked together  •  Senior Director, Cognitive Computing Group, eBay and Member, Board of Directors, BluLogix.
Hassan is an impressive achiever and a first rate entrepreneur who lives and breathes innovation. He is a well-established authority in Spe ... ech Recognition, Machine Translation, and Natural Language processing, among other Human Language Technology fields. He is generous with his time and advice and is always ready to mentor anyone who seeks his advice.

Leor Grebler
We worked together  •  CEO and Co-Founder, Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation. Previously Academic Solutions Advisor, Quanser.
Leor is a genuine pioneer entrepreneur who thinks big, puts together teams, and delivers great product. He is an innovator who acts boldly, ... but he is also a sharp intellect and a great communicator who knows how to motivate people around him. His tenacity and his unflappable energy are impressive and reflect his deep commitment to enabling humans to naturally interact with the technology that surrounds them.

Michael Zirngibl
Founder & CEO, Interact.io and Soccer World Champion / Fussballweltmeister, Deutschland.
Michael is leader, a teacher, an entrepreneur, and someone who loves helping people succeed and grow.

Michael Zirngibl
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Interact.io and Soccer World Champion / Fussballweltmeister, Deutschland.
Michael understands what it takes to take an idea and a team from zero to launch and beyond. He has been directly involved in numerous succ ... essful ventures and knows first hand what it takes to succeed. But most importantly, Michael has a real passion for seeing others succeed. He has deep respect for the entrepreneurial spirit and genuine affection towards those, like him, who want to create and build.