About Barney Pell
Dr. Barney Pell is currently Founder and CEO of Powerset, a San-Francisco startup company that is building a search engine based on natural language processing technology.Prior to founding Powerset, Barney was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield, a Venture Capital Firm based in Silicon Valley. In this role, Dr. Pell generated and helped evaluate potential investments in early to mid-stage companies. Focus areas included information management (advanced search and navigation, information integration, multi-modal interfaces), social software (social networks, blogs, wikis, P2P), and intelligent agents, with applications to internet search, business intelligence, ecommerce, productivity and collaboration. Dr. Pell formulated an investment thesis on the future of search and played a key role facilitating the firm's investment in SNAP. Dr. Pell was also an Advisor to Mayfield's consumer internet portfolio, including Tribe, Pluck, Snap, and BlackArrow.Prior to joining Mayfield, Barney was Technical Area Manager for the 80-person Collaborative and Assistant Systems (CAS) area within the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center.In this role Dr. Pell provided technical and strategic leadership and personnel management for an 80-person research and development organization called Collaborative Assistant Systems (CAS). CAS research areas include intelligent agents, software architecture, human-centered computing, search, collaborative knowledge management, distributed databases, information integration, spoken dialog systems, and semantic web. Customers/missions include Mars Exploration Rovers mission (JPL), Shuttle, International Space Station, FAA, and NASA Astrobiology Institute.A recognized expert on Autonomous Agents and Human/Agent Interaction, Dr. Pell has published over 30 technical papers on topics related to information retrieval, knowledge management, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and scheduling systems.Dr. Pell received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University in 1993, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 1989, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a National Merit Scholar.From 1993-1998, Dr. Pell worked as a Principal Investigator and Senior Computer Scientist at NASA Ames, where he conducted advanced research and development of autonomous control software for NASA's deep space missions. Dr. Pell was the Architect for the Remote Agent and the Project Lead for the Executive component of the Remote Agent Experiment (RAX), the first intelligent executive to fly onboard and control a spacecraft (the Deep Space One mission). Remote Agent is widely considered one of the top achievements in the history of Artificial Intelligence and was awarded NASA's "software of the year" award in 1999. Dr. Pell was also Co-Lead for the Autonomy Integrated Product Development Team for NASAÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s New Millennium Program, responsible for planning and managing technology maturation and demonstration of autonomous systems technology for future use by NASA.Dr. Pell returned to NASA in December 2002 after spending 4 years in startup companies. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Pell was Chief Strategist and Vice-President of Business Development for StockMaster.com, a provider of internet-based stock-market analysis tools. Dr. Pell helped StockMaster.com grow from $500,000 to $5 million in revenue in 2 years, when the company was acquired by Red Herring Communications in July, 2000. From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Pell was Vice President of Strategy for Whizbang! Labs. a provider of advanced text processing and search engine software. Whizbang created Flipdog, an online recruiting site that automatically built the world's largest jobs database extracted directly from corporate websites, which was acquired by Monster.com.Dr. Pell is also Owner of Decision Theory, a research and consulting company specializing in product strategy and business development for applications of advanced computer science (e.g. search, information management, natural language processing, and optimization). Customers include technology providers looking to grow their business, financial investors seeking to evaluate technology segments, and established companies looking to deploy advanced technologies in their products.
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Dec 18, 2018
Toronto-based automated customer service startup Ada announced the close of a $19 million Series A round today, led by FirstMark Capital with participation from Leaders Fund and Burst Capital. Bessemer Venture Parnters, Version One Ventures, and LocoMobi co-founder Barney Pell all returned to follow-on from Ada’s $2.5 million seed round . Ada says more than 30 million customers worldwide have received automated customer support through its platform. Ada’s chatbot platform allows customer support teams to provide automated responses to inbound customer support requests and questions, and the company says it can automate up to 70 percent of client interactions. Ada recently integrated its chatbot into Zendesk’s customer service platform , and counts Telus, Coinbase, and UpWork as clients, supporting more than 30 million customers worldwide. The company says it will use the new funding to continue its global expansion, while also expanding its customer support offerings into travel and financial services. Ada hopes to double its team size in 2019.