So, who is behind MOTI?
Kayla is a designer, engineer, and entrepreneur, currently the founder of AI behavior change company, MOTI. Before MOTI, Kayla earned her degree at Yale University with a double major in art and mechanical engineering. Starting first in design education, Kayla helped shaped the formation of the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design and went on to become a Fellow with Design for America and teach design thinking at Northwestern University, winning a Core77 award for a process guide on human-centered design. Transitioning into industry, she has worked as a designer and engineer both at the small consultancy and large corporation level in the consumer product and health spaces. In 2014, she was selected as one of 16 designers from around the world by the Google Creative Lab to participate in a novel founders program called 30 Weeks. Since then, Kayla has been fully enthralled with her next career chapter: building a company from the ground up.
Phaedrus is a fullstack developer, practical tinkerer, and AI aficionado. He is no stranger to entrepreneurial thinking and startups -- he started his fist startup, Farm Plus, in 2013 then went on to join software startup ASAP, Inc. as a developer. Now, Phaedrus leads MOTI's technical side, architecting conversational bots, smart home integrations, and conducting NLP R&D. He's excited about the coming robot takeover. (Don't worry, MOTI will be on the good side.)
Business + Marketing Strategy
Abhishek is first and foremost a problem solver. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from SMU and 10 years of experience in wireless communication. As an engineer at Qualcomm he has worked on cutting edge wireless technologies and was involved in bringing several first of its kind wireless communication products to market generating $100M in revenue. He has also enabled numerous clients design, build, and launch hugely popular smartphones and wearables. While pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School, he has used his technical and business skills to advise and help entrepreneurs to perform market research, create a business plan and devise a go-to-market strategy for their products. He is passionate about developing compelling products and positioning them in the market.
Advisor (Startups, Hardware)
Zach Supalla is CEO and co-founder of Particle, a venture-backed start-up that's making it easier to build internet-connected hardware (Internet of Things). Particle is the most widely-used IoT platform with a developer community of 90,000 users, and was listed as one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in the Internet of Things. Zach has been featured on CNN and in WSJ, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Mashable, and more.
Advisor (Web Development and Artificial Intelligence)
Christopher has a PhD in machine learning from UIUC and over 25 years of R&D experience in artificial intelligence (AI), Internet technologies and the semantic web. He has worked at major research laboratories (ORNL, GTE Labs, and Bell Labs), was involved with several startups and is now an independent software consultant. He is excited to be combining his earlier interest in robotics (both at ORNL and as a T.J. Watson Fellow) with his experience implementing full-stack Web and AI applications in spearheading MOTI's software development.
Advisor (Behavioral Science)
Robin 15 years experience applying behavioral psychology through technology including Gamification, Behavior Design and Behavioral Economics. He is a former member of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab with Dr. BJ Fogg and founder of the first gamified, goal-achievement, social network. Previously, he started the Design Group at LeapFrog Toys and performed behavior design at Badgeville for Fortune 500’s like Kaiser, Oracle, Target, LG, Dell, Frog Design, United Healthcare, AT&T, Accenture, Deloitte, and Microsoft. He is now the founder and lead behavioral consultant at Live Neuron Labs.