KUNGFU MASTERS

Our blended expertise in business and IT consulting helps transform data into AI strategies and tools.

Stephen Straus

Managing Director

  • Serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits
  • Former General Partner, Austin Ventures
  • Graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Business School

Ron Green

Chief Technology Officer

  • Artificial Intelligence expert
  • Serial tech entrepreneur with multiple successful exits
  • MSc from University of Sussex in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems

Steve Meier

Chief Creative Officer

  • 14 years of technology sales, marketing, and consulting experience
  • Former head of creative strategy working with Fortune 500 brands (IBM, Cisco, AT&T)
  • Led the creation of the first suite of marketing tools powered by IBM Watson
  • Certificate from MIT Sloan in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Businesses Strategy

ZZ Si

Principal Machine Learning Engineer

  • Computer Vision expert
  • Developed algorithmic ad targeting at Apple, search ranking at Google, product search and matching at Impossible Ventures
  • Co-authored a paper in ICCV which won Marr Prize Honorable Mention
  • Graduate of UCLA with Ph.D. in Statistics

Steve Kramer

Chief Scientist

  • Physicist and data science entrepreneur with 27+ years experience
  • Expert in data science, machine learning, AI, network graph analysis, and NLP
  • Patent holder of dynamic anomaly detection method based on chaos theory
  • Ph.D. in computational physics from The University of Texas at Austin

Dwayne Stoltz

Head of Operations and Client Services

  • 25+ years leading client work for AT&T, HP, Disney, Philips and more
  • Former frog design leader connecting design and technology talent
  • Deep expertise in operations, talent management and client service

Ian Clarke

Chief Innovation Officer

  • Artificial intelligence expert
  • Founded five companies, including Freenet
  • Graduate of University of Edinburgh in artificial intelligence and CS

Jerry Schirmer
Jerry Schirmer

Principal Machine Learning Engineer

  • Natural Language Processing expert
  • Designed ML solutions for government, cybersecurity, finance, and supply chain management
  • Graduate of University of Texas with Ph.D. in Theoretical General Relativity

Max Marion

Machine Learning Engineer

  • Deep Learning Expert
  • One of three inaugural Computer Science graduates from Occidental College
  • Graduate of Occidental College in Math and Computer Science

Michael Wharton

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

  • Computer vision expert
  • Developed and deployed multiple remote sensing data segmentation and classification algorithms on US government platforms
  • Former senior engineer at SpaceX
  • BS Aerospace Engineering from UT Austin with a certificate in Scientific Computing

Spencer Romo

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

  • Machine Learning and Deep Learning expert
  • Experienced in designing and implementing distributed big-data systems for machine learning applications
  • Degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis

Bryson Greenwood

Machine Learning Engineer

  • Deep Learning researcher and author
  • Patents pending in Automated Machine Learning
  • Earning BS in Computer Science with minor in Applied Statistical Modeling at The University of Texas

Max Wharton

Software Engineer

  • Data and Software Engineering Expert
  • Experience in developing Machine Learning pipelines
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with certificates in Computer Science and Business from University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Trou

Director of Marketing

  • More than 13 years experience including global communication agencies
  • Former account director working for Fortune 500 companies (FedEx, AMD, eBay and more) to startups
  • Social innovation startup mentor

Daniel Martin

Director of Project Management

  • 20+ years managing strategy, design, and software development projects for AT&T, MD Anderson, Cigna, Whole Foods Market, and more
  • Holds PMP, CSM, and CSPO certifications with expertise in traditional and agile project management best practices
  • MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and BS Computer Science from Trinity University

Jack Bowen

Director of Business Development

  • B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire
  • Former Project Manager with EBQ
  • Lead Generation expert

Ryman Stringer

Talent Engagement Lead

  • Technical Recruiter with experience finding top talent for Fortune 500 companies to startups
  • Expert at building data driven and people focused processes
  • BS in Computer Animation and a minor in Architecture History from Texas A&M University

Nancy Giordano

Post-Digital Futurist

  • Global keynote speaker + Future of Work expert
  • Founder: Play Big Inc, enterprise transformation strategist
  • Current Singularity University guest lecturer

Dustin Weghorst

Data Acquisition Lead

  • Data Strategy and Acquisition expert
  • Ran a consulting business that helped Fortune 500 companies identify and collect data from the open web
  • MSc from University of Denver in Business Information and Analytics

Douglas Ferguson

Innovation Partner

  • Innovation workshop facilitator
  • Founder and president of Voltage Control
  • CTO of a Google Ventures-backed digital marketplace
  • 19 Years Product Leadership
  • Graduate of Virginia Tech in math, biology and chemistry

Steve Rohleder

Advisor

  • Former Group Chief Executive of North America at Accenture
  • 35 year veteran of Accenture
  • Advisory Board Member for Apogee, GTY Technology and Kony Mobility

Jim Forester

Advisor

  • 27 years consulting and retail industry experience leading large scale complex deliveries and technology departments
  • Former VP of IT, Retail for T-Mobile

Jonathan Mugan

Advisor

  • Natural language processing expert
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon
  • Ph.D. of Computer Science, University of Texas