Fred Destinhas been a Partner at Atlas Venture since 2004 where he focuses on technology-enabled services and consumer facing innovation. Fred currently serves on the Boards of Atlas portfolio companies AdSafe Media, Dailymotion, EnglishCentral, Inspirational Stores, Kinvey, Plizy, Recorded Future, Seatwave, The Currency Cloud and Zoopla.
Rich Mineris a partner at Google Ventures. Rich has over 25 years of experience in growing businesses with innovative interface-intensive applications. Rich came to Google through the acquisition of Android, a mobile platforms provider which he co-founded. Before Android, Rich was Vice President at Orange, where he led R&D activities in North America. Prior to Orange, Rich co-founded, Wildfire, a voice-based personal assistant that was acquired by Orange.
Mike Phillips has been active in the speech technology world for over twenty years. In 1994, he founded SpeechWorks based on technology that he and others had developed at the Spoken Language Systems group at MIT. Over the next ten years, Mike and team grew SpeechWorks from a small startup in a new market into the market leader in the now established market for speech enabled call center solutions. In 2003, SpeechWorks was acquired by ScanSoft (now named Nuance). In 2006, Mike cofounded Vlingo to focus on speech based interfaces for mobile phones. Vlingo quickly became the leader in the emerging category now known as speech based virtual assistants and partnered with key players in the mobile phone industry. In 2012, Vlingo was acquired by Nuance.
Alan Schwartzis founder and CEO of EnglishCentral has 12 years of experience in speech recognition with AT&T Labs, SpeechWorks and Nuance. He led Nuance's Mobile & Automotive business as Vice President & General Manager. He then served as the Vice President for Nuance's Asia Pacific and Japan operations before leaving in 2008 to found EnglishCentral. Alan’s first job out of college was teaching English in China. Alan has a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard.