Holistic Environment

We know that technical skills will only get you so far, so we pride ourselves on creating a holistic working environment which promotes innovation, impact, and inclusion through mindset coaching, emphasis on the power of diversity, and wellness activities to enrich your mind and body.


Mindset coaching


Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.

Growth vs Fixed Mindset Animation




Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals bring different perspectives based on their unique life experiences which can diversify the directions of AI engineering and research.

If everyone teaching computers to act like humans is from a homogenous group, then the machines will have a view of the world that's narrow by default and, through the curation of data sets, potentially biased.

We work to ensure everyone is given a seat at the table and a chance to make their voices heard.


Wellness activities


Changing your life and career is a challenging, stressful, and seemingly insurmountable process. We aim to help you make the transition happy and healthy with onsite mediation and yoga practice.



Laura Montoya, Founder & CEO

Laura has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology. She has a B.S. in Biology, Physical Science, and Human Development from Eastern Michigan University. Her personal interests include growth & empowerment, diversity, and community outreach.

She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. She also founded and maintains a monthly reading group, TechLore, which focuses on literature that addresses empowerment, entrepreneurship, culture, social justice, and inclusion through the lens of technology.


rumman chowdhury, CTO

Rumman's passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She comes to data science from a quantitative social science background. She holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT,  a Masters in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.

More recently, she has emerged as a thought leader in the San Francisco Data Science community and in mainstream media, she has been interviewed for the PHDivas podcast, German Public Television, Software Engineering Daily, RE-Work, StemGirls, and fashion line MM LaFleur. Her professional consulting experience includes the BBC, Capital One, the World Bank, and LACMA, among others.

She is also the co-host of the podcast Studies Show, which is a critical take on data literacy in pop culture and mainstream media. 


abhishek sharma, Technical Program Advisor & AI Mentor

Abhishek has a Master’s in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His interests include Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing and large-scale Machine Learning.

He is also recipient of the Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award – 2014, awarded by the Computer Science Department, UIUC.

Sujit pal, Technical program advisor & AI mentor

Sujit builds intelligent systems around research content. His primary interests are IR, NLP, ML, DL, ontologies and distributed processing. Prior to this, he built ontology backed semantic search, contextual advertising and EMR analytics for consumer healthcare.




bethany garcia, senior engineer & Mentor

Bethany graduated from the Johnston Center at the University of Redlands with a concentration in International Relations and Economics.  She worked in diverse areas from Education Reform to Investment Banking before joining her first startup in 2000 as a Quality Assurance Engineer.  She evaluated a wide variety software until 2015, when she attended Hackbright Academy and renewed her passion for programming, data visualization, and Machine Learning.


tim mcmacken, coo

Tim is a University of Michigan Alum with a Bachelor's of Arts focusing on early modern world history which emphasized the events that lead to our current geo-political situation and issues including colonialism, trade, the rise of the major world faiths, regional and world war, and the effects of superpower politics.

rachel ralston, creative director & engineer

Rachel has a BFA in Oil Painting and Art Theory from Western State Colorado University. 

She describes herself as an Artist turned Entrepreneur - Designer turned Engineer. The thread that runs through it all is she has a passion for making the things in her imagination real.

devon wesley, Software engineer

My experience is working closely with founders, designers and most of all customers to build the products that they want and need.


jack thomas, ai mentor

Jack has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley.

jose lopez, advisor

Jose has over 20 years experience in the East Bay Startup and Tech community. As the Cofounder of Devlabs, he works with start-up teams in the US, Chile, Colombia, and Jamaica which focus on Edtech, Agtech, Fintech, or Real Estate tech verticals. 

Avary Kent, advisor

Bringing new companies from idea to reality is Avary Kent's passion. Avary blends scientific analysis with business acumen and operational expertise to help bring new companies and products to market. Avary excels in early stage companies that are focused on creating new holistic systems to manage growth and scale to create high impact products and services.