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DARPA Leader Joins SambaNova as its Newest Advisory Board Member
[July 29, 2021]

DARPA Leader Joins SambaNova as its Newest Advisory Board Member

SambaNova Systems, the company offering the industry's most advanced software, hardware and services to run artificial intelligence (AI) applications, today announced the addition of Wade Shen to its advisory board as the company expands its focus on implementing new commercial and research AI initiatives.

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Wade Shen (Photo: Business Wire)

Wade Shen (Photo: Business Wire)

Shen joins SambaNova with a deep understanding of AI, machine learning and deep learning, and how the technologies can be applied to real-world problems to drive innovation. The announcement follows the appointment of SambaNova's first chief marketing officer, Amy D. Love, who joined the company July 19.

"Shen's years in the AI industry are a valuable addition to our advisory team as SambaNova works to revolutionize AI's accessibility across industry and government sectors," said Rodrigo Liang, CEO and co-founder of SambaNova. "With AI technology transforming global economic markets, SambaNova continues to draw in the keenest scientific, academic and industry talent to strengthen its position as the most advanced AI systems and services company in the world."

Shen brings more than 20 years of experience in the AI industry, including his current role as the co-founder and chief program officer of Actuate (News - Alert), a nonprofit dedicated to R&D to solve today's societal challenges. He previously led a portfolio of AI and machine learning programs at the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); managed a research team for human language technology at the MIT (News - Alert) Lincoln Laboratory; and served as CTO of Vocentric, a mobile speech recognition startup he founded.

"Today, we stand at a critical junction with innovations in AI and ML technology that will impact our world like never before," Shen said. "I am thrilled to join an AI company on the leading edge of such profound transformation. With unparalleled hardware and software - and the ability to jump start enterprise-wide initiatives overnight - SambaNova is truly pushing AI into the future."

SambaNova's flagship Dataflow-as-a-Service™ offering, an extensible AI services platform, enables organizations to jump-start AI initiatives overnight by augmenting existing capabilities and staffing, revolutionizing accessibility and empowering organizations in every industry to unleash AI's vast potential with a simple subscription. The platform is powered by DataScale®, an integrated software and hardware system delivering unrivaled performance, accuracy, scale, and ease of use built on SambaNova's Reconfigurable Dataflow Architecture™.

SambaNova is extremely well positioned for accelerted growth given its latest funding round, which launched the company to status as the best-funded AI systems and services platform in the world with over $1 billion in funding.

SambaNova continues to garner accolades throughout the industry, which includes recognition by Gartner (News - Alert) as a Cool Vendor in its "Cool Vendors in AI Semiconductors" report, and industry awards for Best AI Product in Next-Generation Infrastructure by CogX and VentureBeat's Innovation in Edge Award for 2021. The company was named one of CRN's 10 Hottest AI Chip Makers in 2021 and one of CRN's 20 Coolest Tech Startups Of 2020. SambaNova was also Great Place to Work certified in 2021.

About SambaNova Systems

SambaNova Systems is an AI innovation company that empowers organizations to deploy best-in-class solutions for computer vision, natural language processing, recommendation, and AI for science with confidence. SambaNova's flagship offering, Dataflow-as-a-Service™, helps organizations rapidly deploy AI in days, unlocking new revenue and boosting operational efficiency. SambaNova's DataScale® is an integrated software and hardware system using Reconfigurable Dataflow Architecture™, along with open standards and user interfaces. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, SambaNova Systems was founded in 2017 by industry luminaries, and hardware and software design experts from Sun/Oracle (News - Alert) and Stanford University. Investors include SoftBank Vision Fund 2, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Intel Capital, GV, Walden International, Temasek, GIC, Redline Capital, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Celesta, and several others. For more information please visit us at or contact us at Follow SambaNova Systems on LinkedIn.

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