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Jake Mannix

Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Machine Learning/Distributed Systems Engineer, Twitter and long-time Apache Mahout contributor. UW and Stanford PhD dropout.

Machine Learning/Distributed Systems Engineer, Twitter and long-time Apache Mahout contributor. UW and Stanford PhD dropout.

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Involved In


Principal Machine Learning Engineer Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) September 2014 - present
Applied Machine Learning Engineer Twitter August 2010 - September 2014
VP, Apache Mahout The Apache Software Foundation 2012 - 2013
Committer and PMC Member, Giraph Graph Processing Project The Apache Software Foundation September 2011 - 2013
Committer and PMC Member, Mahout Machine Learning Project The Apache Software Foundation 2009 - 2013
Principal Software Engineer - Search and Recommender Systems LinkedIn July 2008 - August 2010
Search Architecture Development Lead Jobster May 2007 - July 2008
Sr. Software Developer Pluggd, Inc. January 2007 - May 2007
Sr. Software Development Engineer Boeing June 2006 - December 2006
Software Development Engineer Likewise Software June 2005 - January 2006
Research Associate SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory June 2004 - June 2005
Java Developer (remote contract) Realogic July 2003 - June 2004
Lead Software Development Engineer in Test Aventail 2002 - 2003
Software Developer RealNetworks June 1999 - August 2001


University of Washington Physics 2005 - 2008
Stanford University Physics 1998 - 1999
University of California, Santa Cruz Physics/Mathematics 1993 - 1998

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Was the senior member of teams building both LinkedIn and Twitter's realtime distributed user-search systems. Co-founded and built both the Recommender Systems team at LinkedIn, and the Interest Modeling team at Twitter. Previously worked at much less well known / successful startups.

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Igor Perisic
We worked together at LinkedIn
Background and knowledge. Jake has seen it being built at different companies from an idea to a real thing. Whether that company was a new ... startup, a small startup, a pre-ipo startup, a 'in IPO phase' startup or public company.
Pete Mannix
We worked together
Jake has successfully leveraged and honed his technical insights in numerous (largely unrelated) business domains, and both has the ability ... to step back and understand the big picture as well as drill in to the details. He's not just a leader for technical endevours, but also someone who can inspire teams and partners, as demonstrated by his speaking and open source work.
Bradford Stephens
We worked together
Jake is good. REALLY good. I've known him for years, and we've worked together on early versions of distributed datastores, perhaps one of t ... he hardest things in Computer Science. With a background in physics and years of engineering leadership behind him, Jake can build anything. Beyond that, he's really *pleasant*. And in my segment of the industry, it's often the default to be a jerk. He can happily explain anything and has the patience to deal with less experienced folks. More than that, Jake's determined. He used to commute weekly from Seattle to SF, even with kids back home. That's remarkable.
Dave Bargeron
We worked together at
Jake is awesome. We met at a tiny startup in Seattle back in 2007, and he was the smartest guy there. I have watched him join a smallish sta ... rtup, help it grow to world domination, and move on the next one time and again (LinkedIn, Twitter stand out). He is the consummate entrepreneurial engineer.