About SigOpt

SigOpt is the optimization platform that amplifies your research. SigOpt takes any research pipeline and tunes it, right in place. Our cloud-based ensemble of optimization algorithms is proven and seamless to deploy, and is used by globally recognized leaders within the insurance, credit card, algorithmic trading and consumer packaged goods industries.

SigOpt was born out of the desire to make experts more efficient. While co-founder Scott Clark was completing his PhD at Cornell he noticed that often the final stage of research was a domain expert tweaking what they had built via trial and error. After completing his PhD, Scott developed MOE to solve this problem, and used it to optimize machine learning models and A/B tests at Yelp. SigOpt was founded in 2014 to bring this technology to every expert in every field.

Interested in helping push the state of optimization forward? SigOpt is hiring!

Our Investors

SigOpt has been funded by the top incubators, angels, and venture capital firms in the world.

The SigOpt Team

We’re amassing all the right talent - with experience ranging from industry-leading optimal learning techniques to advanced predictive models, SigOpt has built the optimization framework of the future.

Scott Clark, Ph.D.
Co-founder and CEO

Scott has been applying optimal learning techniques in industry and academia for years, from bioinformatics to production advertising systems. Before SigOpt, Scott worked on the Ad Targeting team at Yelp leading the charge on academic research and outreach with projects like the Yelp Dataset Challenge and open sourcing MOE. Scott holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and an MS in Computer Science from Cornell University and BS degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and Computational Physics from Oregon State University. Scott was chosen as one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in 2016.

Patrick Hayes
Co-founder and VP of Engineering

Patrick has spent many years in the industry working at tech companies such as Facebook and Wish on systems that have scaled to tens of millions of users. Most recently, Patrick worked at Foursquare on passive local recommendations, and worked on the growth team designing and improving user growth experiments. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

Ben Hsu
Product Manager

Ben is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied computer science and management. In the past, he has worked as an engineer at Nest Labs and a product manager at Lyft. He is fascinated by artificial intelligence at a technical, product, and societal level.

Gustavo Malkomes
Research Engineering Intern

Gustavo Malkomes is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Washington University in St Louis. His research interest spans a broad range of topics in machine learning, from sequential decision making to large scale clustering. His dissertation has focused on automated methods for machine learning, with particular interest on active learning, Bayesian optimization and automated model selection. Gustavo is orginally from Brazil and (not surprisingly) he cheers for his favorite local soccer team: Botafogo from Rio de Janeiro.

Alexandra Johnson
Software Engineer

Alexandra works on everything from infrastructure to product features to blog posts. Previously, she worked on growth, APIs, and recommender systems at Polyvore (acquired by Yahoo). She majored in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in discrete mathematics and logic, and during the summers she A/B tested recommendations at internships with Facebook and Rent the Runway.

Kevin Tee
Research Engineer

Kevin has machine learning experience in both a research and an industry setting, and is primarily interested in Bayesian statistics and variational methods. He previously worked on the search ranking team at Google and received a Bachelors and Masters from UC Berkeley in EECS, where he worked on sparse models with application to text data.

Georgia Hong
Software Engineering Intern

Georgia is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo and she studies Software Engineering. She has experience in infrastructure, as well as data engineering. She has previously interned at Datadog and Kik. Georgia loves her work as a Software Engineer and enjoys playing boardgames in her spare time. She is thrilled to join SigOpt as an intern this summer.

Harvey Cheng, Ph.D.
Research Engineer

Harvey is interested in stochastic optimization and machine learning. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where his doctoral studies focused on approximate dynamic programming, stochastic optimization, and optimal learning; with applications in managing grid-level battery storage. He also holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

Nick Payton
Head of Marketing

True to SigOpt’s mission, Nick believes marketing is a problem in need of constant optimization. He has spent his marketing career developing, launching, and growing enterprise SaaS solutions with a measurable customer impact in complex industries. Prior to SigOpt, Nick led partnerships for Benefitfocus to drive better health and wealth outcomes for employees. At Comprehend Systems, he led marketing for products designed to accelerate clinical trials that increased patient access to life-saving drugs. And at Opower, his marketing drove growth in cleantech products that resulted in over 1 terawatt-hours of annual energy savings. Nick balances this work with cycling, traveling, cooking, reading, politicking and cheering on a variety of sports teams, including the Boston College Eagles, his alma mater.

Marty Foreman
Sales Development Representative

Marty accidentally fell into sales in 2006, assisting a team in New Mexico sell photocopiers. During his time with the company he never visited New Mexico but would love to travel to Roswell, Ruidoso and the Lincoln County area. Since 2010 he has worked with startups such as Salesforce, Sysomos and Datasift and enjoys the role of sales development. Marty graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BBA in Business and Marketing. Marty was born in Northern Quebec, Canada, where he met his wife when he was 5 years old.

Michael Walker
Sales Director

Michael is a seasoned software sales professional with an entrepreneurial spirit. He brings to SigOpt 10+ years experience working with enterprise Big Data technologies for large and startup companies. Michael loves a challenge, and enjoys working with cutting edge and disruptive technologies. Michael graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and holds a BA in Business Administration.

Kurtis Leong
Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in San Francisco, Kurtis has held various positions at companies such as Nordstrom and SAP focusing on Customer Success and Service. He enjoys exploring local restaurants and new musical artists. Kurtis holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of the Pacific.

Dan Anderson
Software Engineer

Dan is a recent SF transplant who graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a major in psychology and minors in math and philosophy and earned a MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Prior to SigOpt, he did software engineering for the Department of Defense and Fortego, a government contractor, and built predictive models at Enova, a fintech firm in Chicago.

Olivia Kim
Software Engineer

Olivia holds a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has experience in a variety of different fields including data science, hardware development as well as full stack engineering and has previously interned at Facebook and Lockheed Martin.

Steven Tartakovsky
Client Services

Steven possesses a unique set of experiences which qualifies him to effectively ensure that SigOpt’s users get the highest value from our optimization platform. Recruited out of college by Deloitte Consulting, Steven worked on and managed technology projects across a variety of industries. Transferring back to academia, he wrote software in pursuit of graduate mathematics research at CalPoly and the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the SigOpt team, he worked as a data scientist and software engineer for both consumer and enterprise technology companies. He is extremely excited about working with SigOpt’s users to help them fully comprehend our platform and get the most out of their research and technology pipelines. Steven holds a MS and BS in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Michael McCourt, Ph.D.
Research Engineer

Mike studies mathematical and statistical tools for interpolation and prediction. Prior to joining SigOpt, he spent time in the math and computer science division at Argonne National Laboratory and was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Colorado-Denver where he co-wrote a text on kernel-based approximation. Mike holds a PhD and MS in Applied Mathematics from Cornell and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Javier Garcia-Barcos
Research Engineering Intern

Javier holds a MS and BS in Computer Science from Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain). He has interned at Centro Universitario de la Defensa as a research assistant and, for the past 3 years, he has been working on applying Bayesian optimization in a variety of fields, including fluid dynamics simulation, computer graphics and computer vision. His research is also focused around Bayesian optimization, studying new ways of interpreting the criteria to achieve parallelism. For Javier, joining the SigOpt team is an unique opportunity to experiment the startup culture while improving as a researcher.

Taylor Jackle Spriggs
Software Engineer

Taylor is a recent graduate of Carleton University where he studied computer science with a minor in mathematics. His interests reside in machine learning and computer vision, and he would like go back to school to study one of these topics. In his spare time Taylor does rock climbing and artistic gymnastics.

Ruben Martinez-Cantin, Ph.D.
Advisor

Ruben is an expert in machine learning and robotics with more than 10 years of experience in Bayesian optimization. He is the original author of BayesOpt, a popular open-source Bayesian optimization package. He has published several papers in that topic in top journals and conferences, while developing software that is being used both in academia and industry. He is a professor of Computer Science at the University Center for Defense in Spain. Previously he was a research assistant at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon and the University of British Columbia. Ruben holds a PhD in Computer Science and a MS in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza.