Infinia ML Lands Robbie Allen As Chief Executive Officer

Founding CEO of Automated Insights to Strengthen Operations, Accelerate Growth, and Oversee Hiring Initiative to Meet Enormous Business Demand


DURHAM, N.C.Nov. 29, 2017 — Infinia ML, an advanced machine learning company that delivers transformative automation solutions and predictive analytics to Fortune 500 businesses, announced today the appointment of Robbie Allen as Chief Executive Officer. Allen rounds out a founding team of AI experts with experience across a range of industries including healthcare, security, and business process automation. Leveraging top machine learning luminary Dr. Lawrence Carin, the Duke University Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and $10 million in funding from noted private equity firm Carrick Capital Partners, Allen will accelerate the business with aggressive hiring plans. 

“Due to the global shortage of people that understand complex machine learning techniques such as deep learning, nearly every large enterprise has a backlog of opportunity for our automation and predictive solutions,” said Allen. “Most top machine learning teams are part of west coast companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Infinia ML provides a new option for technical talent looking to work with leading ML experts in an affordable area with a high quality of living.”

Earlier in his career Allen founded and ran the first natural language generation company, Automated Insights, which Vista Equity Partners acquired in 2015. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and author of several technical books. Allen has a bachelor of science in computer science from East Carolina University, two Master’s degrees from MIT, and has been pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on artificial intelligence at the University of North Carolina.

“Robbie combines a proven operations background with a deep technical understanding of AI, machine learning, and neural networks.  His experiences, which include growing a company in the AI space from the ground up, are exactly what our team needs to meet market demand and serve our rapidly growing client base including enterprise and Fortune 500 companies,” said Lawrence Carin, Infinia ML chief scientist.

“Because of the caliber of Lawrence and the company’s core nucleus of machine learning experts, Infinia ML is in a unique position to attract and train technical experts interested in learning about ML. This is a critical differentiator. Unlike most companies that are limited by the shortage of senior engineers with AI and ML experience, we can leverage our team’s expertise to train our workforce,” Allen explained.  “I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with Lawrence and build a leading machine learning company,” he added.

About Infinia ML

Infinia ML empowers companies to make smarter decisions and automate complex business processes by leveraging the latest breakthroughs in machine learning. Infinia ML has a team of leading AI researchers and deep learning experts that have published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers through top machine learning conferences and journals. The Durham, North Carolina company is led by CEO Robbie Allen, an experienced AI entrepreneur, and Chief Scientist Lawrence Carin, Ph.D., the Duke University Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Carrick Capital Partners & Duke’s Lawrence Carin Launch Machine Learning Business

Carrick Invests $10 Million to Deliver Advanced and Transformative Machine Learning Capabilities to Fortune 500 Businesses


SAN FRANCISCO and NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017  — Carrick Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on technology-enabled businesses including SaaS, Software, BPO and Transaction Processing, today announced their partnership with Lawrence Carin, PH.D., Duke University’s Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to build a machine learning (ML) company that leverages Carin’s highly sought-after team of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) experts.

Chief Scientist Larry Carin
Chief Scientist Larry Carin

 

The company will focus on three industries (services, security and healthcare) and three horizontals (text/contracts, images/video and voice/speech).  Deliberately entering the market as a technology services company, the ML business will attain additional marquee clients, capital, and market feedback to fortify their proprietary platform for ultimately establishing a SaaS-based ML offering to serve a rapidly accelerating AI market.

“Larry’s expertise as one of the top ML luminaries in the world and the world class research team of ML scientists he has assembled are unparalleled. They have a track record of empowering companies to reduce required resources, increase efficiency, achieve breakthrough thinking, and predict market conditions impacting business decisions,” explained Carrick Capital Partners Operating Partner Mike Salvino who worked with Larry Carin to deliver machine learning technology to drive business innovation when Salvino was Group Chief Executive at Accenture Operations.

“Carrick has unique and extensive experience building Built for Purpose companies from the ground up.  I’ve been extremely impressed by their knowledge of the process and their ABV (Approach to Building Value).  The resources, networks, market strategy and operational expertise Carrick brings to the table are tremendously valuable in building and ultimately growing and scaling this business,” said Lawrence Carin who will serve as Chief Scientist of the new machine learning company.

“Machine Learning is a very promising area, but there are few established market leaders that have achieved scale.  We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with this exceptional team to build a great company that will capitalize on a significant market opportunity and deliver great value to Fortune 500 businesses as well as companies within the Carrick portfolio,” added Carrick Capital Partners Co-founder Marc McMorris.

Marc McMorris and Mike Salvino will join Larry Carin as active members of the company’s board.

About Carrick Capital Partners

Headquartered in San Francisco and Newport Beach, Carrick Capital Partners is a growth-oriented investment firm that utilizes ABV (Approach to Building Value) to operationally scale fast-growing, technology-enabled businesses. Carrick adds value by taking a concentrated approach and dedicating significant resources post-investment.  Leveraging decades of experience, Carrick helps scale great companies that deliver excellent returns for investors, stimulating economic growth and positively impacting the industry landscape. Working directly with CEOs and entrepreneurs, Carrick fulfills a vital need for investment capital and growth expertise.