Brain Corp is a San Diego-based software company specializing in the development of intelligent, autonomous systems that automate commercial equipment.
The company was co-founded in 2009 by world-renowned computational neuroscientist, Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, and serial tech entrepreneur, Dr. Allen Gruber, to focus on Artificial Intelligence and robotics development. Brain Corp’s initial work involved advanced R&D for Qualcomm Inc., and DARPA. The company is now focused on developing advanced machine learning and computer vision systems for the next generation of self-driving vehicles.
Dr. Izhikevich’s innovative research has attracted a team of accomplished scientists, engineers and innovators from all over the world to help him realize his vision.
Brain Corp is funded by Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of mobile technology leader, Qualcomm Inc. Board members include Dr. Izhikevich, Dr. Gruber, Mr. Quinn Lee, Vice President & Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures, Mr. Harvey White, co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., and Steve Altman, a nationally recognized business leader.
Known for his contributions to the theory of spiking networks, in 2005 Dr. Izhikevich implemented the world’s largest thalamo-cortical model. It simulated one hundred billion neurons and one quadrillion synapses - the same number as the human brain.
Known for his contributions to the theory of spiking networks, in 2005 Dr. Izhikevich implemented the world’s largest thalamo-cortical model. It simulated one hundred billion neurons and one quadrillion synapses - the same number as the human brain. In addition, Dr. Izhikevich was a senior fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the San Diego-based Neurosciences Institute and is the founder of Scholarpedia, a free, peer-reviewed encyclopedia.
Dr. Allen Gruber is a neuroscientist, physician, and founder of several successful technology companies. In 1993, Dr. Gruber co-founded INTERVU, Inc, a streaming video provider, which went public and was sold to Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) for $2.8 billion. He founded Kintera, Inc., in 1999, and later served as Executive Vice President in charge of Engineering for Kintera, Inc., an online fundraising and marketing platform for nonprofit organizations. Kintera reached a market capitalization of $500 million and was sold to Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB).
Dr. Gruber graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Biochemistry and also with an MD. He attended Washington University for clinical and research training and was on the faculty of the University of Texas. Dr. Gruber was a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Neural Computation at UCSD in 2007. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Neuroscience, and IEEE.
Mr. Harvey White is a co-founder of Qualcomm Inc. Presently, he is chairman of (SHW)2 Enterprises, a privately held firm that consults primarily in the wireless communication field, and invests and works with technology-based start-ups to assist in the commercialization of their products and services.
Mr. White founded Leap Wireless and was its Chairman and CEO until 2004. Leap’s Cricket Wireless service was the first to offer unlimited calling for a fixed monthly fee and thus changed the landscape for all U.S. based wireless service pricing. Cricket is now the sixth largest carrier in the U.S.
Prior to Leap, Mr. White was a co-founder, director and President of Qualcomm, Inc. He served as its COO for much of his tenure there where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and was deeply involved in managing its growth to become the dominant technology company in the terrestrial wireless industry. He also interfaced with the financial community and was a major contributor to the strategic direction of the company. His prior experience included financial and operational roles, including heading a $100-million-per-year conglomerate business, primarily in the aerospace marketplace.
Mr. White is on the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the San Diego Padres. He also sits on the Board of Directors of ViaSat Inc. and Zeebo. He holds a BA in economics from Marshall University.
Quinn Li is Vice President & Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures. In this role, Quinn oversees Qualcomm’s $1 billion strategic venture investment portfolio of over 140 investments. He currently serves as a board member or observer in AMEC, Brain Corp, Enovix, OneWeb, Placemeter, RetailNext, Streetline, Tango, and Verve Wireless. Previously Quinn has led investments in A123 Systems (AONE), Consert (acquired by Landis+Gyr), InvenSense (INVN), PowerCloud Systems (acquired by Comcast), and Siimpel (acquired by Tessera).
Prior to joining Qualcomm Ventures, Quinn held various engineering and management roles in the wireless industry. Most recently, he worked in product management and business development at IBM Systems and Technology Group. Previously, he spent several years in Broadcom and the wireless infrastructure group at Lucent Technologies.
Quinn received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Steve Altman, former president and vice chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, was a 15-year member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee. During his tenure with Qualcomm, Altman provided direction and guidance on key initiatives across all areas of the business, as well as on overall company vision and strategy.
He led the creation of Qualcomm’s IP licensing strategy, which became a catalyst for the rapid worldwide growth of CDMA technology and the success of the Qualcomm Technology Licensing business. In his role with Brain Corporation, Altman will helps develop the company’s licensing and royalty strategy.