President Kemper Life
SoundHound delivers innovative technologies and compelling user experiences in sound recognition, revolutionizing the way people interact with connected devices. SoundHound's breakthrough Sound2Sound technology searches sound against sound, bypassing traditional sound to text conversion techniques even when searching text databases. Sound2Sound has resulted in numerous breakthroughs including the world's fastest music recognition, the world's only viable singing and humming search, and instant-response large scale speech recognition systems. SoundHound has produced multiple award-winning applications in music and voice search on platforms including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices. SoundHound also has numerous partnerships with global companies, including leading device manufacturers and operators. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SoundHound is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors, including Global Catalyst Partners, TransLink Capital and Walden Venture Capital.
Experienced software engineer, system architect, and technical leader.I approach software engineering as an art form, but believe that the elegant solution is not always as beautiful as the pragmatic one. I enjoy algorithms, and gravitate towards problems that have never been solved before, or systems that are pushing the limits of what others think is possible. I love bringing together and leading teams of talented people who are passionate about building disruptive technologies that improve life.Building on my passion for digital audio and search, I've focused heavily on the unique challenge of making audio-based searching as fast, accurate, and scalable as text-based searching. I've also contributed to several projects in the domains of natural language understanding, voice recognition, and moving search technology beyond the 'keyword based' era. My goto languages are C/C++, Java, and shell scripting, but I've used several others (ranging from Scheme/Lisp to assembly on multiple platforms). Much of my career has been focused on evaluating technical talent, and building small teams that are capable of dramatically out-performing much larger teams.Outside of work, I am a father, husband, son, amateur musician/songwriter, and occasional activist, with a passion for spaces that connect people from diverse backgrounds and break down the typical socioeconomic, education level, ethnic/racial, or ideological walls used to separate 'us' from 'them'.