About Us

At Smartvid.io we’re united by a common goal—building a photo and video management platform that leverages machine learning to solve industrial-grade problems. Our vision is simple to explain but hard to do. To execute on this concept, we’ve convened an experienced team of enterprise software engineers, machine learning specialists, and account managers.

Solving complex problems in easy-to-use ways is in our background. The founding team has worked together in various software companies for over 15 years, helping to change the way people work. Most recently, the team started Vela Systems which pioneered the use of mobile technology in the AEC industry (architecture, engineering and construction), growing to thousands of deployments all over the world before being acquired by Autodesk (now known as BIM360 Field).

Meet the Team

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Josh Kanner

Founder and CEO

Josh Kanner is Founder & CEO of Smartvid.io. Most recently he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM360 Field. Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company. Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He enjoys hiking, skiing, travel and being a dad to his two boys.
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Vlad Gorsky

CTO

Vlad Gorsky is a member of the founding team and CTO at Smartvid.io. He is responsible for the Smartvid.io technology direction and implementtion.  Vlad has also implemented the machine-learning-based speech recognition engine that powers the Smart Tag engine voice analytics.  He holds Master's degree in Computer Science from Dnepropetrovsky State University in Ukraine. Prior to Smartvid.io, Vlad worked at Facebook, VMware, BMC, and Vela Systems. His interests include photography, chess and CrossFit.
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Peter Litvak

Chief Software Architect

Peter Litvak is a member of the founding team and the Chief Software Architect at Smartvid.io. Peter manages the overall architecture as well as the computer vision back end and data management implementation.  Peter holds a master's of science in computer science from National Mining University of Ukraine. Before joining Smartvid.io, he was the architect at Copyright.com, the principal technical lead at Nuance Communications working in machine learning and speech and one of the original developers, and the Director of Engineering at Vela Systems. Peter enjoys photography, table tennis and deep sea fishing.  He also enjoyings trying out new computer vision approaches.  
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Sean True

Director of Machine Learning

Sean True is Director of Machine Learning at Smartvid.io. Prior to Smartvid.io, Sean worked at Semantic Machines, Ab Initio, and Interactions Corporation. He was co-founder of Inboxer and Audiotrieve, and was Director of Development/Multimedia Technology at Dragon Systems. He's excited about machine learning for text, images, and speech, and has worked on both biological and machine vision as a PhD candidate at MIT. His interests include fishing, welding, BBQ, and embedded systems, preferably in creative combinations.
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Ryan Rubbico

Software Developer

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Skidmore College, where he found his interest in machine learning. He has worked as a software engineer at multiple startups in Boston and continues to appreciate the energy and camaraderie they foster. A Boston native, Ryan enjoys exploring the city, running, and meditating.
Anna Gorishna

Anna Gorishna

Quality Assurance Specialist

Anna works in quality assurance at Smartvid.io. She holds a Bachelor's of Computer Science from National Technical University in Ukraine and Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University in Montreal. After school Anna worked as financial analyst at State Street Bank and Computershare until she decided to make a switch into tech world. She enjoys traveling, sailing and playing outdoors with her son and daughter.
Yevgeniy Motov, Lead Mobile Developer at Smartvid.io

Yevgeniy Motov

Lead Mobile Developer

Yevgeniy is a Lead Mobile Developer at Smartvid.io. Yevgeniy holds a Bachelor's of Computer Science from Northeastern University. Before joining Smartvid.io team he was an Android developer at Intuit and a lead iOS developer at multiple startups in the Boston area. He originally found his passion for mobile development after working at Blackberry on its internal platform for several years after school. Yevgeniy enjoys playing tennis, sailing and teaching chess to his two kids.
Roman Kurin, full stack software engineer at Smartvid.io

Roman Kurin

Full Stack Software Engineer/Architect

Roman is a full stack software engineer/architect at Smartvid.io. Roman received his Bachelor's of Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Before Smartvid.io Roman worked as a software architect at Priceline/KAYAK and senior software engineer at Advent/Tamale software. Roman is a big sports fan, mostly enjoying soccer and hockey, both playing and watching. A lot of his time is occupied by his daughter, who is amazing.
Paul MacLelland, Director Account Development at Smartvid.io

Paul MacLelland

Director of Account Development

Paul heads up Account Development for Smartvid.io - he is responsible for helping customers understand and experience the value of the technology. Prior to joining Smartvid.io, he was a Managing Principal at Multivisita MA, a Sales Director at Building Engines and the founding member of the sales team at Vela Systems. He holds a BA in History from UMass Amherst. Paul’s hobbies include racquetball, sprint triathlons and whatever his 2 daughters get into.

Machine Learning Brain Trust

John Nguyen

John Nguyen

Founder of Vlingo

John was the founder of Vlingo, a mobile speech company based in Cambridge, Mass. In 2006, Vlingo pioneered the concept of using voice to drive mobile phone commands. In essence, the company built one of the first “Siri”-type interfaces in its “Vlingo Virtual Assistant” and had over 13 million users. The company was soon acquired by speech recognition company Nuance Communications. John’s got a great eye (and ear) for building speech-based mobile interfaces.
Carl Vondrick, Advisor to Smartvid.io

Carl Vondrick

Ph.D., Machine Vision

Carl is a Ph.D. student at MIT in computer science. His research studies computer vision and machine learning. Previously, Carl was at UC Irvine and has spent some summers at Google and Google X.
Ekapol Chuangsuwanich 

Ekapol Chuangsuwanich 

Ph.D, BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ekapol received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in July 2009 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2016. He worked on Voice Activity Detection for spoken commands for an autonomous robotic forklift. His current research interest is in acoustic modeling for multi-lingual speech recognition.

Board Members

Tim Curran

Tim is a serial entrepreneur & CEO with >25 years of software industry experience. Tim is also on the board of Building Engines, a PE-backed SAAS property management software company, Repsly, a mobile SaaS SFA/CRM application and Powerhouse Dynamics, a SAAS energy management software company. Tim was mostly recently CEO of Sample6 and CEO of Vela Systems, a Converge Venture Partners portfolio company in field management software company in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, that was acquired by Autodesk (ADSK) in June 2012.

Prior to joining Vela, Tim served as CEO of Eleven Technology, the leader in next generation mobile field applications for the retail & consumer goods industry. Eleven was successfully acquired by Trimble Navigation (TRMB) in April 2006.  Tim began his software career at Accenture followed by EMC.

Tom Lazay

Tom is Founder & CEO of Silouet Inc., a consumer mobile payments startup.Prior to founding Silouet, Tom was the COO of Shaser Bioscience, Inc., a startup that developed consumer laser and IPL aesthetic medical devices for permanent hair removal, skin rejuvenation, and acne treatment. Shaser’s products are now sold at retail locations world-wide under the Remington i-Light and Reveal brand names. Shaser was acquired by Spectrum Brands (NYSE: SPB) in 2012.

Before joining Shaser, Tom was co-founder of Voice Signal Technologies, a developer of speech recognition and synthesis technology and applications for mobile devices. Voice Signal’s speech technology was developed in 21 languages and deployed globally in more than 100M mobile handsets from Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Palm and others. Tom served in many roles as the company grew, and was ultimately responsible for product management and wireless carrier business development with Sprint and Verizon Wireless when the company was acquired by Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) in 2007.