Jeevan Kalanithi

What they do: CEO
Where they do it: openspace.ai
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

I’m a technology executive, technologist and entrepreneur.

My background is in artificial intelligence, software and hardware engineering, drones and cameras, management and leadership, and product design. My tactile learning system startup Sifteo – co-founded with David Merrill and based on our graduate work from MIT – was acquired by North America’s largest drone company, 3D Robotics, in 2014. At 3DR, I have served as VP Product, Chief Product Officer, and President.

I spent time at Lux Capital, a VC firm with $B’s under management, before starting my second company, OpenSpace.

My and my teams’ work has been featured in TED, The New York Times, WIRED and more; our products have been sold in boutique retail (NY’s MoMA store), large format retail nationally and globally (Best Buy, Toys R Us, Amazon); I have worked on art projects shown at the MoMA, Oslo Philharmonic, Paris’ Villette Numerique and the Miami Museum of Art. I have run teams from 1 to >100 people, and partnered with companies such as Nickelodeon, Sony and Autodesk to launch and sell products globally at scale.

I am an alumnus of MIT (graduate work at the Media Lab), Stanford (BS in Symbolic Systems), and the Screen Actors Guild (no, I’m not a good actor).


Jeevan Kalanithi is a featured speaker at our 2019 Summit.

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