We love reading, writing, and publishing the latest machine learning research. But we’re even more passionate about putting theory into practice. We are naturally curious, love a challenge, and can’t help seeing opportunities for automation and machine learning everywhere.
From the moment our ideas took shape in a Duke University research lab, our goal has been to build our company in the community we call home. We know that universities like Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State are ideal places to find tomorrow’s top machine learning talent.
At the same time, we are committed to ensuring our home remains a great place to live. Based in Durham, a city originally born out of the tobacco industry, we seek to give back and be a part of the city’s transformation towards entrepreneurship and technology.
A Managing Director at Carrick Capital Partners, Mike serves as Infinia ML’s Executive Chairman, guide, and number one supporter. As former Group Chief Executive of Accenture Operations, Mike brings Infinia ML his insight into business services as well as his expertise scaling and managing operations. Prior to Accenture, Mike served as President of the Americas Region for HRO pioneer Exult, later acquired by Hewitt. He earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Marietta College. At home Mike’s focus is his family as well as their family foundation – 5MPower whose mission is giving back, with a focus on cancer research, people in need, youth sports and education.
After successfully founding, growing, and selling his former company, Automated Insights, he was ready for the next opportunity. During his tenure as CEO, Automated Insights was named Best Place to Work in Research Triangle Park four years in a row, and Robbie brings this people-first approach to the Infinia ML team. Previously, Robbie was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco. He earned his MS in Engineering and Management from MIT and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Robbie owns six patents and has authored eight books. When he’s not working, inventing, or bragging about his UNC Tar Heels, he’s focused on his family – teaching the next generation of game changing developers – and occasionally sneaking in some time on his blog.
One of the most widely published machine learning researchers in the world, Lawrence has been a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University for the past 22 years, and he has served as the Vice Provost for Research at Duke for over three years. Lawrence is an IEEE Fellow and has co-authored over 350 papers affecting fields as diverse as bomb detection, neuroscience, and voting behavior. Lawrence earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. Outside of the office, Lawrence spends every possible minute with his family and works hard to keep his body as fit as his mind.
Marc McMorris is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners, and co-chairs the Investment Committee with Co-Founder Jim Madden. Marc is directly involved in the selection and growth guidance of successful companies in technology-enabled services including BPO, Transaction Processing, and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Marc enjoys working closely with the CEOs, executive teams, and boards of Carrick’s portfolio companies. Leveraging his deep understanding of sales, finance, capital structure, and governance matters, Marc plays a critical role in assisting these companies to navigate growth opportunities and create long-term value. In addition to Infinia ML, Marc serves on the boards of Complia Health, Infrascale, and Saama.
Mitchell Slodowitz is the Chief Financial Officer and a Managing Director at Carrick Capital Partners. He is directly involved with finance, administration, investor reporting, and assisting portfolio company CFOs. Additionally, Mitch is responsible for investment due diligence, deal structuring, and providing advice during the term of the investing period.
An experienced CFO with a sophisticated understanding of a wide range of financial issues, Mitch enjoys working closely with company CFOs in optimizing tax programs; structuring financing, lending and debt instruments; and securing training and state tax grants.