Cofounder of Ark
Mike sees digital currencies as a means to promote a fair, decentralized economy. Blockchain technology enables networks which are owned by and controlled by the users. His background is in mechanical engineering from the aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer products industries. His goal is to extend the blockchain into the internet of things with open P2P physical networks for P2P autonomous delivery, securing personal and enterprise embedded devices, and delay and disruption tolerant mesh networking for terrestrial and space applications. Ark is a lean platform of bridged, nested blockchains ideal for these applications.
CTO of Shade
Shayak is equal parts data scientist and developer. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and subsequently worked several years at IBM Research, where he extensively published and patented ML techniques applied in manufacturing. Next was a short stint at Samsung Research with developing a next generation contacts application. Since 2014, Shayak has been the CTO (and co-founder) at Shade, which is a wearable ultraviolet sensor that helps people with photosensitivity quantify and control the amount of sunlight they get. His general interests are in working with machine learning and sensors. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer and jamming with his band.
Founder & CEO of Electric Objects
Jake started Electric Objects in 2013 to explore ambient computing and the future of art. In 2017, Electric Objects was acquired by GIPHY, the Internet’s GIF backbone. Prior to founding Electric Objects, Jake was the General Manager of Digg, a betaworks company that tries to understand and improve the ways that people find, read, and talk about news stories. Jake is currently also a part time partner at Notation Capital and venture fellow at betaworks. As a graduate of social sciences from Wesleyan, Jake likes to think about topics like identity, discovery, and net neutrality, and writes about these on his blog. He also contributes to Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab, Reuters, Business Insider, and the New York Observer’s Betabeat.
Marketing Manager at Smartling
Jennifer comes to HackPrinceton with extensive experience in the NYC tech scene. As a Marketing Manager at Smartling, a translation software company, she helps with product branding, positioning, and promotion. Before Smartling, she was a member of the marketing team at PerformLine, a RegTech company. She caught the entrepreneurial bug while a Princeton undergraduate, during which she launched a performing arts service program CityStep Princeton. Since then, she has also co-founded a collaborative songwriting non-profit called Humans in Harmony. Outside of work, she enjoys taking improv classes, trying out new restaurants, and encouraging innovative friends to enter the NYC tech scene.
Founder & CEO of The Lobby
Deepak Chhugani is currently the Founder & CEO of The Lobby, an HR-tech NYC startup that recently went through Tacklebox Accelerator. He's a Fellow and Regional Director for The Kairos Society in NYC and part of Next Gen Summit, both prominent networks for young entrepreneurs. His prior experiences were in investment banking at BofAML, wealth management at UBS, and private equity real estate, where he's still involved part time in fundraising. Deepak has a strong tech, finance, and fundraising background, and his experience pivoting from his first startup idea last year has given him a strong grasp on how to judge viable startup opportunities that HackPrinceton students could benefit from. He's also hosted multiple successful startup founders as speakers, such as the cofounder of Classpass.