Marc started Instigate along with Steve DiPaola. Marc was the co-founder MacroMind, which became Macromedia [MACR], Cantervision, Cola, Broadband Mechanics, Digital City Mechanics and many more.
Marc is a 30+ year entrepreneur, focused on creating enabling on-line creativity tools for normal people. Marc is a strong believer in startups providing leadership and vision through morals, ethics and "doing the right thing."
Marc left Silicon Valley in 2009 and moved to Cleveland to try and create tech jobs for normal people. But then he came back! "It just keeps pulling me back!" Marc laments.......
Steve is a Professor at Simon Fraser Univ. where he runs the iVizLab. Steve is a digital artist, Cognitive Psychologist and experienced tech industry exec. - having worked at EA, OnLive and Saatchi.
Steve has shown his work at the Whitney and MIT (among many other venues and on-line galleries) and has taught at Stanford Univ.
Steve and Marc founded Instigate in the summer of 2016 and have been having a GREAT time inventing Instigate.ai together!
● principal coder for instigate
● devoted to code cleanliness and readability
● self taught, constantly striving for best practices at all levels of the stack
● intrigued by artificial intelligence, wouldn't mind dying to the hands of a self-aware machine of his creation
Özge Nilay Yalçın
Nilay is a Phd student at Simon Fraser Univ in Vancouver, B.C. Nilay is a cognitive scientist, focusing her work on Synthetic Personality. She hails from Turkey.
The mysteries of the Universe tantalize Nilay - who seeks a higher truth, via deep learning, reinforced by layered neural networks, recursively feeding back onto themselves.
Nilay has an conversational engine working that's based upon the entire works of Shakespeare. It can create soliloquies"on the fly!"
All startups need supporters and friends like Sam.
Whatever it takes to get thinsg done and Sam is there - to lend a hand!
We love him!