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AI and Beyond, No Boundaries

Blaize is on a mission to enable customers to unleash the full potential of AI to the benefit of us all.

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Blaize has created a transformative new compute solution that unites silicon and software to optimize AI from the edge to the core. We’re partnering with customers to transform their products so they can deliver better experiences and better lives.

Our first products, the Blaize Pathfinder and Xplorer platforms and the Blaize AI Software Suite are now available. An infrastructure for high-volume production is in place and ready to scale, enabling us to engage with any size enterprise. And our rich 5-year technology and product roadmap provides customers with a clear view of where we are heading as we execute on our vision of AI without boundaries.

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Leadership Team

  • Dinakar Munagala CEO

    Dinakar Munagala co-founded Blaize and serves as CEO. He brings more than 22 years of experience in successfully leading global teams building graphics chips for multiple $10 billion programs, with recognition for technical excellence, new initiatives and results focus. Starting with a bootstrapped development effort to create a more energy efficient processor architecture for the needs of a new generation of computing, Dinakar has led Blaize in delivering a transformational compute solution that unites silicon and software to optimize AI at scale from the edge to the core. Under his leadership, the company has brought together marquee investors to back the vision of the founding team, grown to ship products to multiple customers across automotive and other sectors, and continues to hire exceptional talent to join its US, UK, Japan and India offices.

    Prior to co-founding Blaize, Dinakar spent 12 years at Intel where he held pivotal roles in graphics processor micro-architecture and design and feature ownership in the mobile and graphics engineering group, as well as with the Intel Centrino platforms. Programs included Intel’s next generation multi-core, multi-threaded graphics chips, and the architecture for Intel’s first integrated CPU/GPU product family.

    Dinakar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Osmania University, India, and a Master of Science degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Purdue University, USA. He is credited with 5 IP/Patent filings.

    Actively engaged in community service initiatives, Dinakar has for 10 years taken a leadership role in fund raising for CRY (Child Relief and You)/Vibha (Sacramento Action Center), a non-profit that supports educational projects for underprivileged children, and is an active supporter of Kiva & Vittana initiatives, empowering students and entrepreneurs globally to achieve their goals via non-profit micro-finance loans.

  • Satyaki Koneru Chief Technology Officer

    Satyaki Koneru co-founded Blaize and serves as Chief Technology Officer, bringing more than 20 years of experience in next-generation system-on-a-chip design. Overseeing Blaize’s research and development efforts, Satyaki is the chief architect of the innovative programmable graph computing vision at the core of the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP), designed to efficiently compute the new and more varied data structures associated with the emergence of edge computing, IoT and AI.

    Prior to co-founding Blaize, Satyaki held Architect/Micro-Architect and Design Engineer positions at Intel and Nvidia. At Intel, Satyaki was instrumental in defining the first DX9 compliant programmable graphics core in Intel chipsets, and was closely involved in the development of the motion-estimation engine for video encoding for second generation Core-i Sandybridge processors. He also was part of the design team for the Ultra-Mobility Group next-generation SoC (Medfield).

    Satyaki holds a Bachelor of Technology degree, Electrical Engineering, from I.I.T., Bombay, India, and a Master of Science, Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames. He is credited with 6 IP/Patents and 10 filings.

  • Ke Yin Chief Scientist and VP of Engineering

    Ke Yin co-founded Blaize and serves as Chief Scientist and Vice President of Engineering, bringing more than 22 years of experience in graphics and video processor architecture and micro-architecture. A noted expert in multi-thread, multi-core, and SIMD/MIMD processor architecture, Ke defined the Blaize core architecture and developed multiple algorithm innovations in the area of graphics, video processing and network graphics, with multiple patents pending. He also created the Blaize core simulator, a transaction-accurate model with bit-accurate precision that validates the correctness of the Blaize architecture and provides performance and power projections.

    Prior to co-founding Blaize, Ke was at Intel for 12 years in a variety of Architect/Micro-Architect and Design Engineer roles across multiple key Intel products and initiatives. This included architecture work on the Intel Gen graphics core where he led a power reduction effort resulting in a more than 30% power saving.

    Ke holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Wyoming, and a Master of Science degree, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, from the University of Texas, Austin. He is credited with 6 IP/Patents and 6 filings.

  • Val G. Cook Chief Software Architect

    Val G. Cook is Chief Software Architect at Blaize. An AI visionary and authority on the design of graphics and visual computing architectures, Val possesses two decades of experience in graphics and multimedia algorithms and software architecture. He is responsible for the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor software programming environment.

    Prior to joining Blaize, Val was at Intel in a variety of software and 3D graphics architecture positions associated with high profile projects. This included responsibility for advanced development activities around Intel bit-precise GPU simulator, and overseeing the software architectural design of the simulator and its enhancements. He also defined the initial ISA for Intel’s family of GPUs, and was the technical lead in developing the world’s first programmable GPU.

    Val holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree, Computer Science, from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

  • Santiago Fernandez-Gomez PhD, VP of Platform Engineering

    Santiago Fernandez-Gomez is Vice President of Platform Engineering at Blaize. With more than 25 years of management, organizational, and strategic planning experience, Santiago leads the company’s Systems Engineering, SoC, and Operations groups and is responsible for the development and manufacture of Blaize’s Plug & Code AI Platform™ used for application development.

    Prior to joining Blaize, Santiago led efforts in developing multiple ground-breaking products across the computing industry. These include the first NGS DNA Sequencing platform at Roche Sequencing Solutions, the first five generations of iPhone/iPad/iPod products at Apple, high-performance Micro-Processors at AMD, the first CMOS-based Pixel sensor at Pixim, and the first high-volume integrated graphics North-bridge at ATI, among others.

    Santiago holds a Master of Science degree, Telecommunications Engineering, from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from Universidade de Vigo. He is an active member of several advisory boards, and collaborates with the University as a former Consulting Faculty at Stanford University.

  • Tom Trill VP BD & Sales

    As VP BD & Sales, Tom leads global sales & BD. He brings 25+ years of experience in business development and sales delivering competitive and sustainable advantage evidenced by revenue and market share growth. Previously, Tom was VP Business Development, Americas & APAC, for Ultraleap where he played a key role in scaling the design win and revenue pipelines.
    At Spansion Inc (acquired by Cypress Semiconductor) Tom held several leadership roles in Business Development, Marketing and M&A, and as VP of the Automotive Americas Business Unit, he built a pipeline that achieved aggressive quarterly and annual revenue, margin, and design win goals. Earlier, he held various Sales and Product Marketing positions with Samsung Semiconductor in both Europe and the US.
    Tom expects to complete his Doctorate degree by 2025, has an MBA degree from Santa Clara University, a Bachelor degree from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland, and has completed several Electrical Engineering studies.

  • Harminder Sehmi VP of Finance

    Harminder Sehmi is Vice President of Finance at Blaize, as well as company Secretary and Treasurer, overseeing all Finance, Legal and HR functions. With 20 years’ experience in scaling organizations from early stages through hyper-revenue growth, Harminder works closely with Blaize’s CEO in managing funding relationships with existing and new investors, and with the management team to develop profitable revenue streams.

    Prior to joining Blaize, Harminder was CFO at Truphone, a global mobile start-up where he collaborated with the CEO to raise over $525m in equity and convertible debt and oversaw rapid revenue growth in a multi-country footprint. He also held senior finance positions at Yahoo Europe and Vodafone, and established a track record in delivering value and profitable business solutions.

    Harminder is a Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) from the UK with a Master of Business Administration degree from Cranfield Business School, Bedfordshire.

  • Dmitry Zakharchenko VP of Research & Development

    Dmitry Zakharchenko is Vice President of R&D at Blaize, with a proven record of executing Cloud, mobile and AI capabilities and inventing first-to-market products and features. He brings to Blaize R&D function more than 21 years of experience in strategic planning, technology commercialization, customer engagement, and ideating products that solve customer problems.

    Dmitry’s expertise is in connecting advanced technology to revenue by delivering a predictable cadence of releases and clear roadmap that ensures a smooth flow of product from rapid prototypes to final commercialization. Prior to joining Blaize, Dmitry was at Intel where he managed specialized data science and product engineering teams in the field of cognitive computing to deliver AI products for financial, manufacturing, health and defense customers. Before Intel, he held a range of product management positions at Motorola Mobility, delivering differentiated mobility offerings and desktop software solutions.

    Dmitry holds a Master of Arts degree, Philology & Linguistics, from Peoples’ Friendship University, Moscow; a Master of Business Administration degree, Management Science, from California State University, Hayward; and a Master of Science degree, Computer Information Systems, from Northwestern University, Evanston.

It is a thrill to be in at the beginning of a new era of computing, both from a technology and a human perspective. AI is set to change the world, allowing us to address a myriad of human issues and drive improvements in how we all live. I’m honored to be part of an amazing team that is making this happen.

Dinakar Munagala Co-founder and CEO, Blaize

New solutions for high performance compute are a fundamental need for next generation autonomous systems. Blaize is bringing that future to the world now. The semiconductor products that Blaize is developing will significantly help the auto industry to deliver safe and efficient autonomous vehicles.

Tony Cannestra Director of Corporate Ventures, DENSO

Board of Directors

  • Jürgen Hambrecht Chairman of Trumpf Group

    Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht is presently the Chairman of Trumpf Group, a German industrial machine manufacturing company recognized as one of the world’s largest providers of machine tools with more than 70 operative subsidiaries. He is also a Board Member for Nyxoah S.A. and Aya Gold & Silver. Previously, he served as the CEO and Chairman of BASF SE, Chairman of Fuchs Petrolub SE, and a Board Member for Lufthansa, Mercedes Benz AG, Daimler Truck AG, Bosch, Aldi Süd, and Bilfinger. Dr. Hambrecht also served on the Board of Directors NeuroDerm, Nyxoah S.A., and Man & Science. He worked in Research for BASF for over 45 years, holding different responsibilities worldwide.

    Dr. Hambrecht studied at the Eberhard Karl University of Tübingen (Germany), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.

  • Tony Cannestra Director of Corporate Ventures, DENSO International America

    Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, once of the world's largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra's primary responsibility is to identify, and invest in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO's future product roadmap. Prior to joining DENSO, Mr. Cannestra worked as an Independent Consultant helping clients with startup technology discovery in Silicon Valley. Prior to his work as an Independent Consultant, Mr. Cannestra was Executive Vice President of Ignite Group, a venture capital company based in Silicon Valley.

    Mr. Cannestra received a BA in International Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He also earned an MBA,with a Certificate in Management of Technology, from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • Edward H. Frank Co-Founder and CEO of Brilliant Lime, Inc.

    Dr. Edward H. Frank is presently co-founder and CEO of Brilliant Lime, Inc., a very early-stage technology development startup. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Cloud Parity Inc., a voice-of-the-customer startup in the SF Bay Area, founded in late 2013. From 2009 through 2013, he was Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple, Inc. where he led the development of four generations of Macintosh laptop and desktop computers. Before joining Apple, he was Corporate Vice President of Research and Development at Broadcom, where he was responsible for Broadcom's overall engineering execution and played a key role in corporate business and IP strategy. Prior to becoming Corporate VP of R&D, Frank co-founded and led the engineering group for Broadcom's Wireless LAN business, which is now one of Broadcom's largest business units. Frank joined Broadcom in May 1999 following its acquisition of Epigram, Inc., where he was the founding CEO and Executive Vice President. From 1993 to 1996, he was a co-founder and Vice President of Engineering of NeTpower, Inc., a computer workstation manufacturer. From 1988 to 1993, Frank was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he co-architected several generations of Sun's SPARCstations and was a principal member of Sun's Green Project, which developed the precursor to the Java cross-platform web programming language. Dr. Frank holds over 50 issued patents. He presently serves on the Boards of Directors of Analog Devices (ADI), Marvell (MRVL), and SiTime(SITM), and was previously on the Boards of Directors of Cavium (CAVM), FusionIO (FIO), and Quantenna (QTNA).

    Dr. Frank holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Frank has been a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University since 2000 and is currently a Vice-Chair of its Board of Trustees. Dr. Frank also serves as the Executive Director (pro bono) of Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

  • Dinakar Munagala Blaize

    Dinakar Munagala co-founded Blaize and serves as CEO. He brings more than 22 years of experience in successfully leading global teams building graphics chips for multiple $10 billion programs, with recognition for technical excellence, new initiatives and results focus. Starting with a bootstrapped development effort to create a more energy efficient processor architecture for the needs of a new generation of computing, Dinakar has led Blaize in delivering a transformational compute solution that unites silicon and software to optimize AI at scale from the edge to the core. Under his leadership, the company has brought together marquee investors to back the vision of the founding team, grown to ship products to multiple customers across automotive and other sectors, and continues to hire exceptional talent to join its US, UK, Japan and India offices.

    Prior to co-founding Blaize, Dinakar spent 12 years at Intel where he held pivotal roles in graphics processor micro-architecture and design and feature ownership in the mobile and graphics engineering group, as well as with the Intel Centrino platforms. Programs included Intel’s next generation multi-core, multi-threaded graphics chips, and the architecture for Intel’s first integrated CPU/GPU product family.

    Dinakar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Osmania University, India, and a Master of Science degree, Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Purdue University, USA. He is credited with 5 IP/Patent filings.

    Actively engaged in community service initiatives, Dinakar has for 10 years taken a leadership role in fund raising for CRY (Child Relief and You)/Vibha (Sacramento Action Center), a non-profit that supports educational projects for underprivileged children, and is an active supporter of Kiva & Vittana initiatives, empowering students and entrepreneurs globally to achieve their goals via non-profit micro-finance loans.

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