Company

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.

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.

The Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture and Blaize Picasso software development platform are undergoing early access evaluation with qualified customers. 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.

Founders

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 Vice President 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.

  • Richard Terrill VP of Strategic Business Development

    Richard Terrill is VP of Strategic Business Development at Blaize, responsible for commercial operations, supply chain optimization, and foundry & fabrication vendor relations. Richard has been working in programmable systems for three decades, and in the AI sector in particular since it emerged. At Blaize, Richard’s contributions include corporate strategy, building scalable corporate infrastructure, technical product planning and long-term roadmaps, and optimal exploitation of the capabilities of advanced semiconductor processes. He has also led early customer engagements and launched the company’s early access program (EAP) to secure the initial set of launch customers in key market segments.

    Prior to Blaize, Richard has led organizations spanning from engineering to marketing to business development at both start-ups and established industry leaders. Past positions include Vice President of Marketing at Wave Computing, Executive Vice President of Marketing at XMOS, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Lightspeed Semiconductor, and Senior Marketing Manager at Xilinx.

    Richard holds a Bachelor of Science, Physics, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), with additional studies in Japanese, Computer Science, Semiconductor and IC design, and General Aviation. He is a FAA-licensed flight instructor and Air Transport Pilot.

  • Santiago Fernandez-Gomez PhD, Vice President 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.

  • Harminder Sehmi Vice President 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 Vice President 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.

  • Linda Prosser Senior Director of Corporate Marketing

    Linda Prosser has 25 years’ experience leading corporate marketing for emerging technology companies. Linda possesses a track record of driving brand awareness and locking in competitive advantage for both early stage businesses and global public enterprises. Her expertise in devising successful integrated marketing solutions dovetails an artful story-telling approach to engage customers and address their evolving needs.

    Prior to Blaize, Linda held corporate marketing leadership positions, with Lattice Semiconductor, mobile infrastructure start-up innovator Fastback Networks, and venture-backed RFID pioneers Mojix and Alien Technology. She led corporate marketing during periods of rapid global expansion for Portal Software (acquired by Oracle), as well as for VLSI Technology and Exar. Linda began her career with global marketing and public relations firms, and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from University of Missouri, Walter Williams School of Journalism.

  • Shawn A. Holiday Senior Director, Customer Success

    Shawn A. Holiday brings nearly 20 years of experience to his role leading customer success for Blaize. Shawn’s extensive background in marketing, strategy, business development and technical experience underlie his successful track record delivering notable results in start-up and Fortune 500 company environments. He has managed trail-blazing products from idea creation, market analysis, and concept approval to development, launch, volume production and market adoption, and his leadership and team management skills span multiple disciplines, cultures and geographies.

    Prior to Blaize, Shawn was Senior Director, Business Development at Sckipio, where he led new market and new business development for an innovative broadband communications silicon startup. Before that, he was a Director New Business & Market Development at Intel. Over his 16-year career at Intel, Shawn was a leader in identifying, developing, and launching new technology and business opportunities in the areas of next-generation broadband, IoT, consumer platforms and wearable technologies. During his tenure, Shawn received several Intel division and program recognition awards for excellence in product development, product marketing, innovation and business development.

    Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Industrial Technology, from California State University, Chico, and a Master of Business Administration from Golden State University’s Edward Ageno School of Business, San Francisco. An avid cyclist, Shawn is the founder Cycles 4 Hope, a 501c3 organization that has provided thousands of recycled bicycles and services to people in need from California to Africa since 2008.

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

  • Dado Banatao Managing Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital

    Dado Banatao is the managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. With his past experiences as an entrepreneur, Dado provides Tallwood with a unique perspective in technology investments. Tallwood invests in unique and hard-to-do semiconductor technology solutions for computing, communication, and consumer platforms.

    Prior to forming Tallwood, Dado was a venture partner at the Mayfield Fund. He co-founded three technology startups: S3 (SBLU), Chips & Technologies (INTC) and Mostron. He also held positions in engineering and general management at National Semiconductor, Seeq Technologies, Intersil and Commodore International. Dado pioneered the PC chip set and graphics acceleration architecture that continue to be two of the foundation technologies in every PC today. As an engineer, he is credited with developing several key semiconductor technologies and is regarded as a Silicon Valley visionary.

    Dado serves as Chairman of Ikanos (IKAN) and Inphi Corporation (IPHI). He also served as Chairman and led investments in SiRF Technology, acquired by CSR; (CSR); Marvell Technology Group (MRVL); Acclaim Communications, acquired by Level One (INTC); Newport Communications, acquired by Broadcom (BRCM); Cyras Systems, acquired by Ciena (CIEN); Stream Machine, acquired by Cirrus Logic (CRUS); and Wilocity, acquired by Qualcomm (QCOM).

    Dado holds a B.S.E.E., cum laude, from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

  • 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.

  • Kheng Nam Lee Deputy Chairman, Vertex Venture Holdings

    Mr Lee is presently Deputy Chairman of Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd (VVH), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited engaged in the venture capital direct investment and fund management business. Mr Lee is also Venture Partner of GGVCapital and Chairman of Advantec Pte Ltd, an investment holding company. He is also Director of Creative Technology Ltd, a public-listed company in Singapore.

    Mr. Lee was General Manager (1988 to February 1995) and subsequently President of Vertex Management Pte Ltd (VMPL), and executive Director of VVH from March 1995 to February 2004. Prior to this, he was with the NatSteel group of companies as the Manager of the Project Development Department and the Ministry of National Development where he was Deputy Director of Planning.

    He had served as Chairman of Heptagon Micro Optics Pte Ltd and was also on the boards of Centillium Communications, Inc, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd, GRIC Communications Inc., ActivCard Corp and Gemplus International S.A.

    Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) from Queen's University, Canada and a Master of Science degree with distinction in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a Diploma in Business Admin from National University of Singapore.

  • 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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