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Nick Kirsch is President and founder of atsu corp. Previously, Nick spent thirteen years building, tweaking, and shipping Isilon’s OneFS distributed file-system from 2002-2015. After leaving EMC, where he was the CTO of the Emerging Technology Division, he actively explored the intersection of machine learning and IT systems, learning from great friends at Madrona Venture Group, the University of Washington, Turi, and Igneous Systems.


Isaac Backus is a Data Scientist and co-founder. Isaac is a full stack data scientist with extensive experience gathering data, generating data from simulation, analyzing data, and coding and developing data analysis pipelines and packages. He has extended experience in Machine Learning and statistical modelling, developed physics simulations, optimizations, statistical analysis and data science methods and software packages for a variety of physical systems–from bacteria to neutron stars and protoplanetary disks.


TQ Berg is a Systems Software Engineer and co-founder. TQ has an insatiable desire for increasing efficiencies in engineering processes, maximizing talent of software teams with a selfless approach, and a relentless pursuit of readable code. Prior to joining atsu, he honed his skills at thePlatform, a Seattle startup where he managed and engineered OTT & IPTV solutions for thePlatform’s pro-services division. thePlatform was acquired by Comcast in 2006. TQ holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Evergreen State College.


Seth Thompson is a Systems Software Engineer and co-founder. Seth is an experienced systems integration engineer. Prior to joining atsu, Seth worked at thePlatform, a startup acquired by Comcast. Seth’s primary focus was building, testing, and maintaining custom solutions to address specific customer needs as well as augmenting core product teams to implement key features to beat strategic customer deadlines. Prior to thePlatform, Seth worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services as one of the primary maintenance developers supporting patient care applications for the US Dept of Veteran Affairs hospital systems.


Livia Jobson is an Executive and co-founder. Previously, Livia served as Director of Software Product Management at Impinj, and later as Senior Director of Customer Success, she oversaw software product management and managed key customer engagements. Prior to Impinj, she was responsible for Protocols product management for OneFS at Dell EMC Isilon.


Tomasz Sakrejda is a Data Scientist and co-founder of atsu corp. Prior to atsu, Tomasz had been involved in cutting edge quantum computing research, including data analysis, model creation and selection. He comes to atsu with experience in experimental design, statistical data analysis, as well as Graduate level CS coursework in Machine Learning at the University of Washington.


Matthias Smith is a Data Scientist. Matthias has extensive background in high precision experimental particle physics where he worked on data acquisition systems, data pipelining, data analysis, physical models, and using simulations to stress test algorithmic analytical methods. Matthias is experienced with various Machine Learning techniques, knowledge of the Python domain of Machine Learning frameworks, as well as with data processing and building data flows.