Clarifai Names Twitter Veteran, Tom Woolway, VP of Engineering

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Leading Visual Recognition AI Company Continues Rapid Growth with Expansion of Executive Team

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Clarifai, the leading visual recognition AI company that uses sophisticated machine learning to understand images and videos, today announced Tom Woolway as its new VP of Engineering. Woolway is a seasoned team leader, bringing more than 10 years of experience working with rich multimedia and innovative technologies, and will play a pivotal role in Clarifai’s continued momentum across product launches and team growth.

Woolway joins Clarifai from his most recent position as Director of Engineering at Twitter, where he led a 70-person team responsible for launching new multimedia products, and managing all advertiser and partner media technologies. He was also instrumental in expanding the company’s London engineering division tenfold. Prior to Twitter, Tom served as Head of Product Engineering at TweetDeck, where he led development teams across its mobile and web products, and managed direct relationships with Twitter and TweetDeck’s API partners.

As Clarifai’s VP of Engineering, Woolway leads a team of thirty Software Engineers and Machine Learning Engineers to deliver new machine learning-based products and ensure the quality and reliability of the platform.

“Visual recognition is fast becoming the cornerstone of great user experiences in every product, in every industry, and Clarifai is at the forefront of this technology,” said Woolway. “I’m excited to be joining the team at such a pivotal moment in its growth and I’m looking forward to continuing Clarifai’s engineering excellence as we create even more products to help our customers more efficiently run their businesses.”

“We’ve experienced tremendous growth at Clarifai in 2017 already, and we’re thrilled to have Tom’s experience in leading engineering teams to spearhead our burgeoning team here,” said Matt Zeiler, founder and CEO of Clarifai. “Clarifai’s engineering team is unique in that it has the ability to scale and foster new product developments quickly, and Tom’s leadership will help accelerate our innovations and mission of putting powerful artificial intelligence tools into the hands of everyone.”

Woolway’s hire marks another milestone of Clarifai’s rapid expansion and appointment of key tech talent. Clarifai recently announced former Google Brain Dr. Andrea Frome as Director of Research running their new San Francisco office, in addition to the hiring of four Twitter Cortex members and Indeed veteran Matt Molinari as VP of Business Development.

Clarifai is the foremost independent artificial intelligence and machine learning platform that can be used by any developer and business. Clarifai’s visual recognition API recognizes more than 11,000 different concepts through its General Model, and gives developers the ability to teach its AI any new concept in the world with just a handful of data examples through Custom Training.

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About Clarifai
Clarifai is an artificial intelligence company that excels in visual recognition, solving real-world problems for businesses and developers alike. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Zeiler, a foremost expert in machine learning, Clarifai has been a market leader since winning the top five places in image classification at the ImageNet 2013 competition, and predicts more than 1.4 billion concepts in photos and videos every month. Clarifai’s powerful image and video recognition technology is built on the most advanced machine learning systems and made easily accessible by a clean API, empowering developers all over the world to build a new generation of intelligent applications. The company has amassed a suite of clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups and small development teams, including Buzzfeed, Trivago, 500px, StyleMePretty, and many more. Clarifai is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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