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Michael Witbrock

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

Board Member, StartOut and CEO, co-Founder, Curious Cat Company. Carnegie Mellon grad. Carnegie Mellon grad.

Board Member, StartOut and CEO, co-Founder, Curious Cat Company. Carnegie Mellon grad. Carnegie Mellon grad.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Data Science
  • Back End Engineering
  • Other Engineering
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
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Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Data Science
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

Curious Cat Company

Advisor

StartOut
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StartOut

Positions

Board Member StartOut December 2012 - present
CEO, co-Founder Curious Cat Company March 2012 - present
CTO Envigence Ltd. October 2011 - present
CEO Cycorp May 2007 - present
Vice President for Research Cycorp May 2001 - present
Founding Principal New Zealand on the Web 1994 - present
Part-time Researcher STI Innsbruck July 2009 - October 2011
Principal Scientist Lycos Europe 1999 - 2001
Scientist Justsystem Pittsburgh Research Center 1997 - 1999
Systems Scientist Carnegie Mellon University 1996 - 1997
Summer Research Intern IBM 1989 - 1989

Education

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science 1995 - 1996
University of Otago Psychology 1980 - 1984

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Small business
  • • Social Engagement
Markets of Interest
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Social Impact
  • • Travel
  • • Quantified-self

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Machine learning • Artificial intelligence • Information Retrieval • Natural language processing • Speech recognition

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

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Anne Hunt
They're my friends  •  Vice President Products at Qbase. I previously co-founded two companies, Otto, Inc., and First Retail.
Great communication skills coupled with intelligence and the ability to analyze complex situations. A nuanced understanding of current socia ... l and business issues. A natural leader. I would love to work with Michael.
Luka Bradesko
They're my current cofounder  •  co-founder, Curious Cat Company and Researcher, Cycorp R.E.R d.o.o (Europe).
Besides that he is intelligent, well connected in the AI and IT industry and already has experience with some of his previous the start ups, ... he is nice to work with. He is also willing to do the steps sometimes necessary for the start-up.
Lorenzo Thione
We worked together at StartOut  •  Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Social Edge and Co-Founder, President & Chairman, Artify It.
He is a tenacious, analytical, experienced engineer/scientist. He is passionate about solving problems that make a difference in people's li ... ves and he's not scared of complexity and difficulty. He would be a great cofounder, together with others who complement his skillset.
Nick Terzo
Founder/Digital Media & Entertainment Executive, AdvanceIdeas. Previously Founder & Owner, Amplitude Entertainment.
Michael has a remarkable mind that is both analytical and sometimes very contrarian. His credentials are incredible and he is a pleasure to ... work in tandem to devise/develop projects . I whole-heartedly believe in Michael's proven creativity, hard-wired science and entrepreneurship.
Bryan Klimt
We worked together  •  Software Engineer, Facebook and Software Engineer, Parse. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Having an idea for a startup is the easy part. What really sets good founders apart is having the technical chops to execute on it and havin ... g the leadership skills to get others to join your cause. Michael has both of those qualities in abundance. When I first started working for Michael at Cycorp, it was obvious how intelligent he is. Not only is he an expert at technical subjects like statistics and machine learning, he also has a good practical knowledge of what are the important things to focus on when trying to get a product out the door. As for leadership, I worked for Michael for two years, and I would gladly do it again. He absolutely earned my respect for his technical judgment.
Daniel Driscoll
They're my friends  •  Co-Founder, Prepify and Candidate for MBA and MA in Communication (full-time), The University of Texas at Austin.
Michael is an extremely creative data scientist, programmer and computer-intelligence expert. He is one of the smartest people I know. He ... is extremely capable of execution at both macro and micro levels. It is rare to have opportunity to work with someone of his talents. I recommend him highly.
Benjamin Grosof
Co-Founder, Coherent Knowledge Systems and President, Benjamin Grosof & Associates, LLC. Stanford grad. Harvard grad.
Michael is thoughtful, very bright, quite energetic, and highly articulate.

Luka Bradesko
They're my current cofounder  •  co-founder, Curious Cat Company and Researcher, Cycorp R.E.R d.o.o (Europe).
Luka combines the development skills needed to actually get something working, the product focus needed to build something worth building, a ... nd the charm needed to bring you along with his plans; and he's willing to put himself on the line to make it happen.