About the Nitrogen.ai Kairos Platform
Meet the Team
Doug Grimsted // CEO
Ashwin Mantri // CTO
After successful acquisitions of these startups, he moved on to larger organizations and has served in various engineering leadership roles including Engineering Lead at Bank of America where he led Foreign Exchange Currency Trading Platform team and Director of Engineering at Merkle where he led Merkle’s M1 ad-tech Platform team.
Ashwin has extensive experience in building and growing engineering teams as well as guiding organizations technically towards efficient paths to build successful products.
His academic background is in Computer Engineering, but he also enjoys experimental chemistry and occasional theoretical physics.
Larry Burns // COO
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
Doug Bryan // Senior Data Science Advisor
Michael P. Curran // Senior Advisor
Wayne Levy // Advisor
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.
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.