Dato's CEO named finalist at GeekWire CEO of the year!
Carlos Guestrin, CEO of Dato: Who says academics can’t make the transition to entrepreneurship? Guestrin, the Amazon Professor of Machine Learning in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington and a past GeekWire Geek of the Week, is looking to make his mark with Dato (formerly GraphLab). The Seattle startup, which raised $18.5 million earlier this year, is looking to help businesses make better sense of data. “Our company was founded on a mission to create a more intelligent world,” said Guestrin at the time of the financing.
Hailing from Brazil, Guestrin studied computer science at Stanford University before moving on to Carnegie Mellon where the concept for Dato was originally born. In 2012, he joined the University of Washington’s faculty before spinning the open-source project off into its own company.