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

Vadik Bakman, Lead UX / UI

Vadik Bakman

Lead UX / UI

Vadik Bakman is a User Experience Design Lead at Smartvid.io. Vadik is passionate about designing user-friendly product and enjoys the challenge of helping users quickly turn big data into valuable insights to act upon. Vadik graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art Design in Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to joining Smartvid.io he was a Creative Director of the Jerusalem Science Museum and Design Lead in multiple startups in Tel-Aviv and Boston. He enjoys cooking, traveling the world and being a dad to his two girls.

Michael Barros, Product Manager

Michael Barros

Product Manager

Michael Barros is a Product Manager at Smartvid.io.  Barros most recently earned an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he focused on strategy and innovation.  While at Boston University, Barros served as an analyst for venture capital firm Companyon. In addition to this, he also brings with him experience in management consulting, with a specific expertise in operations.  When not at work, Barros can be found running around Boston with his dog, or kicking back on the couch watching soccer.

Sadjad Asghari Esfeden, Lead Computer Vision Engineer

Sadjad Asghari Esfeden

Lead Computer Vision Engineer

Sadjad is Lead Computer Vision Engineer at Smartvid.io. He is responsible for the computer vision models built for smart tagging. Sadjad is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University in the field of Computer Vision and Deep Learning and prior to that, he received his Master’s degree from Northeastern University and Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran, in 2015 and 2013 respectively. Sadjad has done some summer internships previously in R&D environments at Walt Disney Imagineering and Hoyos Labs. He enjoys hiking, photography, bowling, and video games!

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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

Gary Long, Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Gary Long

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Gary is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Smartvid.io. He brings 16 years of experience from the Defense and Aerospace industries where he solved problems in computer vision, applied mathematics, and machine learning. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering and a master's degree in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University. He enjoys running, cooking, and considers himself a perpetual learner and collector of hobbies.
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.

Oleksii Melnychenko, Full Stack Software Engineer

Oleksii Melnychenko

Full Stack Software Engineer

Oleksii is the Full Stack Software Engineer at Smartvid.io. He holds a master's degree in computer-aided design at National Aviation University. In his free time, Oleksii enjoys learning about modern technologies, programing algorithms, sport motor bikes. His dream is to create a software application which will make a significant contribution to the humanity and make the world more prosperous.
Chuck Mock, Data Engineer

Chuck Mock

Data Engineer

Chuck Mock is the resident Data Engineer at Smartvid.io, responsible for the care and feeding of image classification datasets. A native Bostonian, he earned a BA from Harvard Extension school while working both sides of R&D at Dragon Systems. His career includes full stack and data-intensive roles at Nokia, Inboxer, Nuance, and TripAdvisor. In his spare time, Chuck enjoys coding iOS, CNC, and microprocessor projects as well as metalwork, cooking and gaming.

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.
Mike Perozek, VP of Sales and Marketing

Mike Perozek

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Mike Perozek heads up Smartvid.io's sales, marketing, partner, and customer success programs. Mike is passionate about helping customers adopt new technology and achieve breakthrough financial and operational improvements. Prior to Smartvid.io, Mike built and led sales and customer success teams at leading vertical SaaS companies Buildium LLC (real estate) and Bullhorn (recruiting/CRM). Mike's alma maters include Stanford University and MIT Sloan and when he's not working he's hanging out with his family and spending time outdoors.

Mikael Reckley, Director of Customer Success

Mikael Reckley

Director of Customer Success

Mikael Reckley was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and served as an officer in the Army from 1996 to 2001. After leaving the service he worked for Turner Construction for several years filling multiple roles such as
Assistant Superintendent, Area Superintendent, Project Engineer and Project Manager. The last 6 years at Turner Mikael served as the Virtual Design and Construction manager where he was exposed to several technology topics such as BIM, electronic document control and punchlist. He was the Regional Marketing Manager for Procore and now is the Director of Customer Success for Smartvid.io.

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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.

Aurelia Seif, Product Manager

Aurelia Seif

Product Manager

Aurelia oversees Smartvid.io's product development and go-to-market strategy. Previously, she worked in finance at Credit Suisse & Blue Hills Bank and as a technical writer for the MGH Disparities Solutions Center. Aurelia has also been a private K-12 tutor for 9 years and was a peer tutor at her alma mater Harvard College, so she spends most of her free time thinking about education in all its forms. Made in Boston, MA!

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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.
Lily Vovchak, Quality Assurance Engineer

Lily Vovchak

Quality Assurance Engineer

Lily is Quality Assurance Engineer at Smartvid.io. Before joining Smartvid.io team she worked at Svitla Systems and Softserve, leaded several QA teams. She holds Master’s Degree in Automation and Computer Engineering. Besides quality assurance her professional interests cover product management and UX design. Lily is a true gymaholic, and enjoys traveling and snowboarding.
Austin Welch, Machine Learning Engineer

Austin Welch

Machine Learning Engineer

Austin is a Machine Learning Engineer at Smartvid.io. He holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a BA in Philosophy from Rutgers. Prior to joining Smartvid.io he worked in the defense industry, focusing primarily on deep learning research in computer vision. In his free time he enjoys reading, coding, weightlifting, gaming, and flying.

Machine Learning Brain Trust

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.
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.

Board Members

Tim Curran

Tim Curran

Board Member

Tim Curran is the CEO of Building Engines, the leading cloud-based provider of property management software for commercial, retail, and industrial real estate properties. He is the former CEO of Sample6, a biotech company bringing ultra-rapid pathogenic bacteria detection products to the food safety and other markets. He also serves on the board of several companies in addition to Building Engines, including Repsly Inc., Powerhouse Dynamics, and arcbazar.com. Mr. Curran is also a partner at CommonAngels Ventures.

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Prior to Sample6, Mr. Curran served as CEO of Vela Systems, a field management software company in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, which 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. Prior to Eleven, Mr. Curran spent five years as the number two executive of I-many, Inc., an enterprise contract management software company that grew from $6MM to $60MM in sales and went public during his tenure. Mr. Curran’s roles at I-many included EVP of Sales and Marketing and EVP of Corporate Development. Prior to I-many, Tim spent eight years with Accenture and a year with EMC Corporation.

Mr. Curran holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Tom Lazay

Tom Lazay

Board Member

Tom built and sold two startups, VoiceSignal (Sold to Nasdaq: NUAN) and Shaser Bioscience (Sold to NYSE: SBP) creating ~400M in shareholder value. Tom is also a Venture Partner at Converge Venture Partners and LP at Project 11 Ventures and serves as an Advisor & Board Member to Tech Startups. Tom holds a degree in Computer Science from Trinity College.
Travis Connors

Travis Connors

Board Member

As a Partner at Egan-Managed Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with $225 million AUM, Travis actively partnered with more than 15 founding teams across the software and internet landscape. His collaboration with Borealis began with co-leading the Series A round in Envista Software in 2006 (acquired by Accela) and continued through the co-creation of IrisMaps (acquired by OmniEarth).

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In addition to his work with Borealis, Travis led or sourced Egan-Managed Capital’s investments in Verivo (sold to Appery), Groove Mobile (sold to NMS), OwnerIQ, Applause, Currensee (sold to Oanda), and Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA). During his tenure, Travis negotiated over 40 rounds of financing and several M&A transactions.

In 2014, Travis joined OwnerIQ as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development to help the founding team accelerate the growth rate and expand from 150 employees to more than 220, while doubling the revenue to over $80 million in 2016.

Prior to Egan-Managed Capital, Travis headed the Silicon Valley office of Spears, Benzak, Salomon, & Farrell, an investment management firm based in New York. At SBSF, Travis focused on the firm’s technology investment policy and was responsible for the analysis, recommendation and management of the firm’s portfolio of public technology companies. Travis is a New England native having attended Connecticut College and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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