JR Rivers is the co-founder and CTO of Cumulus Networks, where he works on company, technology, and product direction. JR has been involved with networking since Ethernet only ran on coaxial cables. He's worked on some of the most foundational networking products of their time, from early Network Interface Cards at 3Com through switching and routing products at Cisco. JR's early involvement in home-grown networking at Google and as the VP of System Architecture for Cisco's Unified Computing System both helped fine tune his perspective on networking for the modern data center.
JR has helped position Cumulus Networks as a pioneer in the networking space with its operating system allowing customers to build and operate their network with the mindset of the web-scale pioneers like Google and Amazon. In the past year, JR has helped the company more than double its customer base to more than 500, including 18 percent of the Fortune 50.
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Ken has been a high performance leader in global high tech sales and sales management for over 35 years.
Ken Morse was a co-founder of six high-tech companies, together with MIT friends and classmates. Five of these ventures had successful IPOs or mergers; one was a disaster. They included 3Com Corporation, Aspen Technology, Inc., a China Trade Company, a biotech venture, and an expert systems company. Ken was either the CEO or responsible for part or all of the Sales organization in each of these new enterprises. During his 4+ years as Managing Director of AspenTech (AZPN) Europe SA/NV, Ken's team achieved 18 consecutive quarters of on-target sales performance by building close strategic relationships with the leading chemical and pharma companies throughout the region. He grew the AspenTech EMEA organization from 22 to 200+ employees with basically zero staff turnover, and expanded sales revenue 600% - 900% with key client relationships.
Ken's interest in international high tech ventures began at MIT, where he graduated with a BS in Political Science in 1968 followed in 1972 with an MBA from Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he joined Schroders, the UK-based merchant bank, where he worked directly for Jim Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank.
In 1975 Ken formed a trading advisory company under the aegis of Chase Manhattan Bank to assist U.S. technology-based companies such as IBM, General Motors, Gillette, Hughes Aircraft, Mine Safety Appliances, Waters Associates, and others to enter the China market. Ken was based in Beijing for five years during the latter half of the Cultural Revolution. In 1980, Morse relocated to Silicon Valley as a founding member of 3Com Corporation.
In the thirteen years that Ken served as Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center (1996 – 2009), the number of students taking Entrepreneurship Courses increased from 220 to 1,600 per year while the number of professors grew from 3 to over 36. Ken was named "Education All Star" by "Mass High Tech" magazine, and is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum Global Board.
Ken was appointed to the recently-created National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship by Secretary Locke and President Obama (Washington), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York City).
Ken is a member of the Telefónica Disruptive Council, Citi SFS Advisory Board, Barcelona HiT: Hothouse of Innovation & Technology, and the New Zealand GNS Science External Expert Panel. He is also a Commercialisation Advisor to Scottish Enterprise.
Ken serves on the Board of Advisors of several ambitious start-ups, including Denkwerk GmbH in Germany; iMotions - Emotion Technology ApS and Zylinc A/S in Denmark; The Little Engineer in Lebanon; Aifos Solutions SL, Indisys and Invenio in Spain; Izon Science Ltd in New Zealand; Naseeb Networks and Sofizar in Pakistan; Dynasil Corporation, and several MIT spin-offs in the US, including Cogito, FloDesign Sonics, IntAct, Terrafugia, and UkuMi.
Ken is Visiting Professor at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona and holds a Chair in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Competitiveness at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.
He has been teaching the Entrepreneurial Skills Development workshops in Europe, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Québec, and the US for more than 8 years.
Ken speaks fluent French and some Chinese. He is a member of the Cercle Royal Gaulois Artistique & Littéraire in Brussels. When he is not helping young companies to succeed, Ken enjoys sailing his 50-year old wooden boat with his family around Cape Cod.
He is in the early stages of writing a book about global entrepreneurs who built great companies far from Silicon Valley and Route 128. The working title is "Making it Happen Globally".
Technology is one of the most preservative practices in the world, in the sense that every invention builds upon the successes and failures that have come before it.
On Wednesday, AI startup Cerebras Systems was honored for carrying on that tradition in a ceremony at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The Museum has put up a display featuring the "Wafer-Scale Engine 2," or WSE-2, the second version of the company's AI chip that is the biggest computer chip ever made. The chip was introduced last year to run new versions of Cerebras's supercomputer, the CS-2.
"It is the honor of a lifetime to be inducted into the Computer History Museum's world-renowned collection," said Andrew Feldman, co-founder and CEO of Cerebras, in an interview with ZDNet via Zoom.
"The scale of what you've done is very powerful," said Dan'l Lewin, who is President and CEO of the Computer History Museum, in the same interview with Feldman. "This is a milestone in a journey forward," added Lewin, "the implications are stunning."
A blog post on the Museum's Web page announced the recognition, and Cerebras issued a press release.
Also: AI computer maker Cerebras nabs TotalEnergies SE as first energy sector customer
The arrival of Cerebras is significant, said Lewin, not just for technical accomplishment but also for its implications for humans, something he is emphasizing in his stewardship of the Museum.
"The question I pose is, What does it mean to be human in a world that doesn't exist without computing?" said Lewin.
Also: AI chip startup Cerebras nabs $250 million Series F round at over $4 billion valuation
Humanity, said Lewin, is at a turning point where computer technology can either help solve big problems such as climate, or lead to a form of enslavement.
"The whole purpose, from my accumulated experience in this industry — if you go back to [Douglas] Engelbart [inventor of the computer mouse] and the rationale for the mother of all demos — well, we the human species created problems that are exponentially impacting us.
"We do have a bunch of real problems on a global scale," said Lewin. Technology can help or make things worse, he suggested.
Also: Cerebras prepares for the era of 120 trillion-parameter neural networks
"Being able to optimize compute in this manner," he said of Cerebras's chip, "will hopefully teach us that there are more potential positive uses of these technologies than the unfortunate things that have occurred as a result of some business models that have surfaced that are, effectively, programming the population without them really being aware of it."
The WSE-2 chip, and its predecessor, introduced three years ago, mark an epochal achievement in the history of fabricating transistors, the building block of all electronics, as an integrated part. The first "planar" integrated circuits, transistors fabricated together as a single manufactured object, a breakthrough achieved in the early 1960s simultaneously by Texas Instruments engineer Jack Kilby and Intel founder Bob Noyce, combined just a handful of transistors.
Also: Cerebras continues 'absolute domination' of high-end compute, it says, with world's hugest chip two-dot-oh
Then, in 1965, another Intel founder, Gordon Moore, hypothesized that refined manufacturing approaches would lead to an exponential increase in the number of transistors integrated on a single silicon chip. His guess proved right, coming to be known as "Moore's Law." The phenomenon of transistor growth made possible the digital age, from minicomputers to personal computers to smartphones to data networking to electronics embedded in vehicles and the Internet of Things.
The WSE-2 chip uses 2.6 trillion transistors, almost fifty times as many as the biggest GPU chip today from Nvidia, in a silicon substrate measuring 46 square millimeters, almost the entirety of a twelve-inch semiconductor wafer from which numerous chips typically are cut.
The chip contains 850,000 individual "cores" to process AI instructions in parallel.
Also: 'We can solve this problem in an amount of time that no number of GPUs or CPUs can achieve,' startup Cerebras tells supercomputing conference
The WSE technology realized a quest that had been going on for decades in the chip world, to make a single chip that would make use of an entire wafer. Cerebras's success came in part from going back to past failures and finding a new way to approach the problem.
"It means a lot to us that this institution has recognized the scope of the effort that had crashed and burned previously in other incarnations," said Cerebras's Feldman, "even by some of the founding fathers of our industry — even Gene Amdahl couldn't get it to work."
Mainframe computer pioneer Gene Amdahl had tried and failed in the late 1980s to make such a monolithic part. The very general impression formed in the chip industry from his attempt was that making a wafer-sized single chip was so difficult as to be practically impossible.
"When we went back and re-examined, in part it was the discipline to not take received wisdom that this can't be done, and look at in fact what couldn't be done and when, and what progress had been made," said Feldman of Cerebras's approach.
Also: Glaxo's biology research with novel Cerebras machine shows hardware may change how AI is done
"When you look back and say Gene Amdahl failed at wafer scale, he was building it on a two-inch wafer," explained Feldman. "His wafer was smaller than something everybody makes today, and nobody thinks about that, and the tools that they had."
Advances since that time in silicon manufacturing processes, and chip design software tools, meant that the wafer-scale attempt was more feasible when Cerebras arrived at the problem thirty years later.
"The number of elements that we use that others have invented in order to take a big step forward is enormous," said Feldman.
As to the implications, Feldman, a serial entrepreneur in realms of networking and computing technology, is also mindful that the ramifications of their achievements often elude inventors and entrepreneurs.
Also: Cerebras teases second-generation wafer-scale AI chip
"In the early part of my career, we built the early switches and routers that made IP switching approximately free, and all of us — Cisco, and Juniper and 3Com — we never once thought that something like WhatsApp would change the world," referring to Meta Properties' free Internet communications application.
"We knew good things would happen if you made communication almost free," he said. "When you embark on that trajectory, all sorts of other stuff steps up and builds on top of you, and others do things you couldn't imagine."
The Cerebras breakthrough, said Lewin, has in one sense to do with broadening the access of people to digital tools that were previously the captive realm of specialists.
Also: Cerebras did not spend one minute working on MLPerf, says CEO
"Industries go through transitions from vertical to horizontal," said Lewin. "There used to be these huge industries that were very vertical that were targeted at automating rational tasks like the word processing industry, and CAD/CAM as an industry," he said, referring to computer-aided design. The progress of microprocessors led to horizontal apps such as Microsoft Office that made those previously vertical industries "approachable by so many people."
The Museum's award, said Lewin, is a peek into the future as much as a rumination on the past. "History is not about the past, it's about the present having a conversation with the past," said Lewin.
He cited an example of the creative dialectic between hardware and software.
Also: Cerebras's first customer for giant AI chip is supercomputing hog U.S. Department of Energy
In an award ceremony some years ago, programming pioneer Grady Booch was honored for his many inventions such as Unified Modeling Language. "It's software, software, software," Booch told the audience, Lewin recalled.
"Gordon Moore got up and smiled, and said, 'software's interesting, but it's gotta run on something,'" Lewin recalled.
"And so, this handshake and accelerated opportunity, by taking this immense capability and optimizing it in this way, will help drive these changes, these shifts from horizontal to vertical — they're being compressed in time."
As a milestone along the journey, Feldman said the WSE-2 technology should be good for awhile. "I think this is the best we have until quantum [computing] arrives, and I am very comfortable that will be some time," he said.
Also: Cerebras has at least a three-year lead on competition with its giant AI chip, says top investor
Much like receiving a lifetime achievement award, the honor of being in a museum could almost seem like the end of things. Feldman expressed a conviction the Museum's recognition is the start of things.
"Museums are often warehouses of the past," observed Feldman. "We are now building a great company on the back of some pathbreaking technology, and we don't forget that: both are hard."
A discussion between Lewin and Feldman takes place at 2:30 pacific today and can be viewed online at the Museum's YouTube page.
Also: Cerebras CEO talks about the big implications for machine learning in company's big chip
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COLUMBIA, Md., July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Blend360 announced today that they have been included in Forrester’s report, The AI Service Providers Landscape, Q3 2022.
The report, written by Principal Analysts Michele Goetz, Brandon Purcell, and Boris Evelson, provides an overview of 39 AI service providers to help technology and data leaders understand the value AI service providers can contribute and how they vary by size and market focus. These 39 service providers were chosen by Forrester from a list of notable vendors with more than $50M in AI-related services revenue. Forrester defines AI Service providers as “organizations that engage with technology and data leaders to apply AI to strategic and operational business transformation initiatives across the enterprise or within areas of the business to drive competitive advantage.”
Co-Founder and CEO Patrick Hennessy said, “We are thrilled to be part of Forrester’s report on the landscape of AI services providers, as we know making this list is no small feat. At the heart of Blend360 is an elite group of data scientists that strive to use data, tech, and analytics to optimize business results. We believe this recognition validates we are on the right path, and we will continue to help our customers use AI to better build their business.”
Blend360 is an award-winning provider of data and analytics solutions for Fortune 500 companies. The company has made the Inc. 5000 list of Fasting Growing Companies every year they have been in business and has been awarded a world-class ranking in client satisfaction for the past three years. They have over 500 employees with offices domestically in NY, MD, CO, and CA and internationally throughout the EMEA region.
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TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 29, 2022--
Sphere 3D Corp. (“Sphere 3D” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ANY), dedicated to becoming the leading carbon-neutral Bitcoin mining company operating at an industrial scale, announced today that it has received a notification from the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications department of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”). The notification states that the Company is not in compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5550(a)(2) for continued inclusion on The Nasdaq Capital Market due to the bid price for the Company’s common stock closing below $1.00 for 30 consecutive business days.
The Company’s common stock will remain listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market at this time. The Nasdaq Marketplace Rules provide the Company with 180 calendar days, or until January 23, 2023, to regain compliance, which requires that the bid price for the Company’s common stock close at or above $1.00 for a minimum of 10 consecutive trading days. The Company may be eligible for additional time to demonstrate compliance if the Company does not comply by the deadline. The Company is evaluating all options to regain compliance with the Nasdaq bid price Rule and remains focused on executing its business strategy.
About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. (Nasdaq: ANY) is a net carbon-neutral cryptocurrency miner with decades of proven enterprise data-services expertise. The Company is rapidly growing its industrial-scale mining operation through the capital-efficient procurement of next-generation mining equipment and partnering with best-in-class data center operators. Sphere 3D has 6.0 EH/s of capacity under contract for deliveries. Currently, the Company operates a fleet of approximately 1,000 miners and expects delivery of an additional 59,000 miners by year-end 2022 for a total hashing capacity of 6.0 exahash. Sphere 3D is dedicated to growing shareholder value while honoring its commitment to strict environmental, social, and governance standards. For more information about the Company, please visit Sphere3D.com.
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Mr Ostergaard is The founder of Norwood Systems and the key driver of Norwood's strategic vision for delivering its portfolio of advanced telco service platform solutions. Resposible for the company's overall strategic direction, he founded Norwood Systems in 2011. The Company's current vision is to create a new class of telco network platform vendor servicing the growing needs of Telcos worldwide for modernised mobile services that can engage and delight their subscribers. Mr Ostergaard has a 30-year track record of success and innovation in the high-technology sector, having worked in senior executive roles in start-ups and large corporations across the North American, European and AsiaPacific regions. Prior to Norwood Systems, Mr Ostergaard founded several companies in the wireless communications sector including the original Norwood Systems Limited, the award-winning technology pioneer in fixed mobile convergence platforms, founded in 1999. Previously, Mr Ostergaard headed the global platform marketing strategy for a US$1 billion systems platform at 3Com Corporation, leading the platform's brand and core technology development across seven divisions and 37 product lines. During his tenure at 3Com, worldwide market share for this platform increased to an all-time peak of 35% with sales increasing at an average of 50% p.a. to reach US$1.2 billion in annual revenues. Mr Ostergaard has been recognised with more than twenty honours and awards over his career, including several from UWA post-graduation. Mr Ostergaard holds 11 patents in telecommunications spanning US, EU and Australian jurisdictions and speaks a total of four languages. He was previously a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition (London region) and has been invited to speak at events such as Catalyst, ETRE and the Bluetooth SIG conferences. In 2015, Mr Ostergaard was named to Engineers Australia's list of Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia.