A team dedicated to helping you compete on analytics
Meet the Team
Doug Grimsted // CEO
Since his first job out of college at Micro Database Systems (MDBS), which sold the world’s first client server relational data base.......Doug’s entire career has been spent pioneering the use of data and analytics to change how companies compete. In the 90’s, Doug worked with a group of industry veterans to found and run an ANSI committee to standardize Xbase, the language of Foxpro, Clipper, and Dbase III. As CEO of Geneer his team developed and managed the software delivery analytics tools for many of Nielsen’s data products. As CEO of Aginity his team built the demand signal system that Kroger uses to forecast their entire inventory and collaborate with their suppliers (DemandView). Aginity went on to pioneer the exciting new field of Enterprise analytics management with their analytics Management platform, AMP, which is sold by IBM globally and used by large enterprises like Kroger, Catalina marketing, Kohl’s, and Coke to manage all their analytics across the enterprise.
Doug Bryan // CTO
Doug started out developing software for Trident subs, Milstar satellites and the Space Shuttle but quickly switched to academia.......He was on the research staff and a lecturer in computer science at Stanford University where he was tech lead for a 20-person team and published dozens of papers and three textbooks. After seeing Yahoo! for the first time, it was clear that there were more interesting things happening on the other side of El Camino Real. Since then he’s been an R&D manager at Accenture, lead the product recommendations team at Amazon.com (generating $1b in revenue per year), practice lead at Rich Relevance (served personalized product recommendations to 600m shoppers a month), solutions engineer at KXEN (the first regularized regression software), co-founded a paid search auto-bidder startup, VP of analytics at iCrossing and SVP of data science products at Merkle (Dentsu Aegis Network; reduced modeling costs 88% and time-to-market 95%).
Lary Burns // COO
Larry’s experience lies within the CPG world at the intersection of Marketing Technology, Data Science, Human Behavior and Practical Promotions........
He legitimately played the role of “Marketing Technologist” and “Data Scientist” even last century … long before these terms were popular.Larry served as long term CEO (’99 – ’15) of the pioneering digital marketing firm StartSampling, Inc., a company that enjoyed several years on Inc.Magazine’s fastest growing companies list. Project engagements required intimate knowledge of client and retailer data systems as embedding data within various customer, agency and data provider platforms was a standard activity for StartSampling.
Created and maintained the first cross retailer platform for online sample request activities which included Walmart and many other retailers.
Mike Cacicio // President Biz Dev
Mike serves as Nitrogen.ai’s business development and marketing lead, as well as providing analytic mission design guidance for clients.......Mike spent over 17 years at Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) where he held managerial and executive positions in operations, client service and new business development and served on the executive management committee for Advanced Analytics and Testing Services. He was instrumental in helping to grow IRI from a start-up to the world’s leader in providing innovative new product and brand management research services. During his career, Mike has consulted with virtually every major consumer packaged goods manufacturer and retailer, as well as several of the world’s largest business-to-business marketers and consulting firms. After leaving IRI Mike founded Make It Happen Now in 2003 to help start-up and established organizations address immediate mission-critical issues in marketing and sales.Prior to Make It Happen Now, Mike was a Partner at Slack and Company, a global B2B integrated marketing communications agency. His responsibilities included leading research activities, the expansion of the agency via new business development programs and establishing strategic partnerships with allied businesses.
Michael Himmelfarb // Advisor
Michael Himmelfarb, Principal of HG Partners, is an executive-level operating expert with over 25 years of experience in strategy, innovation and product marketing......Over the years he’s worked with dozens of technology, data and analytics B2B startups accelerate growth, many with successful exits. Because he’s been an operator in both large and small companies, he brings a unique perspective on the interaction and cultural challenges these relationships face. Since founding HGP in 2017, over 90% of his clients extend their engagements and 90% of his business comes from positive referrals. Before founding HG Partners, Michael led various $200M+ global data & analytics businesses at Nielsen. He turned a struggling global shopper panel business into the company’s fastest growing product line. At Nielsen he also was active with innovation, running startup incubators in Africa, India and China, starting Nielsen’s internal “Shark Tank,” and serving on the boards of Nielsen-incubated startups. Before Nielsen he held various senior product and business development positions in both startups and large enterprises. He received his BS from University of Pennsylvania and MBA from University of Chicago.
Paul Hsu // Growth and Product Advisor
Paul Hsu is an investor and growth entrepreneur, systematically growing companies building a better tomorrow, faster....... Paul is currently CEO and Founder of Decasonic, a venture operating company building the next generation consumer, data/ AI and blockchain businesses, with purpose, in Chicago. Decasonic partners with technology innovators, passionate about achieving strong product market fit and executing those business models with venture growth and purpose. Prior to Decasonic, over two decades, he scaled companies in consumer technologies from early traction to IPO – a decade as a venture capitalist in the Bay Area and another decade as an executive operator in venture backed companies in SF and NYC.
Michael P. Curran // Senior Advisor
Michael has 25+ years of technology commercialization experience as an operating executive, corporate strategist and venture capital investor......inside the insurance sector. He is the former Director of Strategic Development for the Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) where he ran its’ $90 million corporate venture capital portfolio and negotiated strategic alliances. Michael was President and a member of the Board of Directors of a series of analytics, software and services companies serving the P&C and Life & Health industries, including CPS Holdings LLC ($400M portfolio of med mal runoff), Quantitative Data Solutions which was acquired by Aegon (NYSE:AEG) and Magnify Financial Services which was acquired by Choicepoint (NYSE:CPS). Michael holds a B.A. in political science from Wittenberg University, an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and is a frequent industry lecturer.