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John Paul Benini

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

CTO, Majestyk Apps. Founder, Elemental Path. Creator of Project FANG, the world's first cognitive smart toy.

CTO, Majestyk Apps. Founder, Elemental Path. Creator of Project FANG, the world's first cognitive smart toy.

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Involved In


Elemental Path
Elemental Path


Elemental Path
Majestyk Apps
Enso Financial


Founder & CTO Elemental Path June 2014 - present
Senior Software Engineer Correlix November 2009 - May 2012
Trading Systems Integrator Morgan Stanley February 2007 - June 2009
Founder Elemental Path June 2014 - present
CTO Majestyk Apps March 2014 - present
Senior Software Engineer TS-Associates plc July 2012 - December 2013
Software Engineer Correlix November 2010 - May 2012
Trading Systems Software Engineer IT Freelance / Contract 2009 - 2012
Integrator Morgan Stanley 2007 - 2009


Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) Computer Science
City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice Information Systems Management

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Machine learning
  • • Big data
  • • Cognitive Computing
  • • Infrastructure Engineering
  • • NLP
  • • User Interface Design
  • • IoT- Internet of Things
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Education
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

John Paul Benini (JP) is Co-Founder of Elemental Path, making smart toys smarter and bringing them to life with the CogniToys platform. Hoping to really shake up the eLearning and smart toy markets with the world's first cognitive toy powered by Elemental Path’s own proprietary IP, some secret sauce and IBM's Watson cognitive technology.

He also holds a roll as CTO of Majestyk Apps, a premier software engineering firm in midtown Manhattan, specializing in scalable mobile applications, award winning design, and clients ranging from small startups to major toy manufacturers.

He is a self-taught server and network infrastructure specialist, having worked with Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, Bloomberg, and NASDAQ OMX, where he accrued a deep understanding of trading system design and low latency/high volume systems architecture. JP first turned his attention to the more entrepreneurial side of technology, leaving finance tech to become a key member of Majestyk, using his expertise to design and implement massively scalable application back-ends for the mobile app and connected device spaces.

Recently, He and his team have made waves by winning the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge against more than 400 business concepts, submitted by teams spanning 18 industries from 43 countries. He is also very active in the NYC LGBT Finance and Technology spaces and has represented mobile development trends at the White House LGBT Innovation Summit, as well as shaping the cognitive computing space, leading discussions on AI and CC in various technology panels.

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Sean O'Shea
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, Majestyk Apps. Previously iOS Developer, Ruder Finn/RFI Studios.
I've had the pleasure to work with John at Majestyk Apps. He is very knowledgable in many areas of software and technology in general. He wo ... uld be a great advisor to any team with his vast skill set.
Shimrit Or
We worked together  •  Director of Operations, TS-Associates plc. Previously Director of Operations, Correlix.
John is highly knowledgeable in both software, and infrastructure development of low-latemncy environments. Very high quality work, deep und ... erstanding of the involved technologies, including linux, networking, and web technologies. Excellent attention to detail, and an outstanding intuition about what makes a great platform operate smoothly. He can find solutions to challenging problems very fast and implement them even faster. He has a great attitude and is a very reliable team player.