Meet the team behind SignalRadar
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 Coca-Cola to manage all their analytics across the enterprise.
Larry Burns // COO
Larry’s experience lies within the CPG world at the intersection of Marketing Technology, Data Science, Human Behavior, and Practical PromotionsHe legitimately played the role of “Marketing Technologist” and “Data Scientist” in the 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.
Larry also created and maintained the first cross-retailer platform for online sample request activities which included Walmart and many other retailers.
Mike Cacicio // President Business Development
Wayne Levy // Advisor
The Wayne Levy story has many chapters and continues a path that has been deeply engaged with big data and analytics since last century.Wayne’s story includes many roles over time – at the University of Chicago he specialized in quantitative methods and Just In Time supply chains (in Japanese Companies). At Needham Harper and Steers (later DDB Needham) developed media tracking, market allocation and media optimization models. At Heinz USA developed on-line sales and marketing reporting system and for the rollout of a new product, developed the first space allocation models for a nationwide planogram allocation program that became the Apollo Space Management system At Nielsen developed their first PC product and more importantly introduced the first baseline and incremental sales algorithm. This algorithm became a major part of the Nielsen product line.
Co-Founded efficient market services (ems) and served as CTO and later CEO. ems created the first daily reporting system for sales, expected sales, incremental sales and sales drivers (advertising, displays, pricing and regular pricing) for over 4,000 grocery stores across the US. Annual revenue from CPG customers reached $24 million and the system was imported into Japan via a partnership with Mitsubishi Trading Company.
Acting as an independent consultant, developed a store level sales forecasting system for PepsiCo, Pepsi Bottling and Anheuser-Busch. This system was used to determine requirements for distribution centers and for transportation logistics.
Co-founded Market6 which became the exchange for store, division, and chain sales and sales driver information for Kroger across 1,500 suppliers as well as for Kroger Category Managers and Kroger Supply Chain Coordinators. Market6 used the system created for Pepsi and Anheuser-Busch to create daily updated forecasts and actuals for all 2,600+ stores every day for 31 days forward. Held CTO and CEO positions at Market6 which was acquired by Kroger.
Board member at SwiftIQ (a convenience store data hub) that underwent a successful acquisition.
Beyond his work with Nitrogen.ai, Wayne currently serves as advisor to Talinity (an AI driven talent acquisition firm currently in beta with a few customers).
Recently, Wayne has been working on a new grocery store concept to serve the underserved urban low-income market. This approach to the store re-defines physical stores as hubs in a larger grocery delivery network. Stores are much smaller with only some inventory customer facing and the remainder is mini warehouses in the back. This approach combines the best of in-store and on-line and is affordable in urban environments.
Doug Bryan // Senior Data Science Advisor
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 served in various leadership roles, including R&D manager at Accenture, leading the product recommendations team at Amazon.com (generating $1b in revenue per year), acting as practice lead at Rich Relevance (served personalized product recommendations to 600m shoppers a month), solutions engineer at KXEN (the first regularized regression software), co-founder of 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%).
Michael P. Curran // Senior Advisor
Paul Hsu // Growth and Product Advisor
Michael Himmelfarb // Advisor
Over the years he’s worked with dozens of technology, data and analytics B2B startups to 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 was 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 an MBA from University of Chicago.