Mission

6 billion resumes are sent and received every year around the world. Curious Thing’s mission is to empower companies to go beyond resumes, and make 6 billion good and fair decisions.

Mission

Our Team

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Sam Zheng
Co-Founder & CEO
Sam was trained as an actuary (Fellow Institute of Actuaries Australia). He is a serial tech entrepreneur, and self-taught engineer. Before Curious Thing, Sam was the Co-founder/CTO of Hyper Anna, an AI for Analytics startup backed by Sequoia VC. Sam has also worked in various financial services and consulting firms in Australia as a data science and analytics leader.
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Dr. Han Xu
Co-Founder & CTO
Han has a PhD in Machine Learning (UNSW). Han is a recognised NLP expert in the industry. Before Curious Thing, Han worked as the Head of Machine Learning at an ASX-listed AI company. He was also a founding member of Macquarie Bank’s Owners-Advisory, Australia's first intelligent robot adviser. Han's research is strongly focused on knowledge discovery from unstructured texts.
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David Mckeague
Co-Founder & Chief Strategist
David is a serial tech entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building advanced systems and technology businesses. Before Curious Thing, David was the Co-founder of Incoming Media, a mobile-embedded Machine Learning media solution backed by Intel, Warner Brothers and Warner Music. It was exited to OVO in 2017. David was also a founding team member of Nitero, a semiconductor and wireless VR solution exited to AMD.
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Hamish Hawthorn
COO
Hamish’s expertise spans the software, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Curious Thing, Hamish was the COO at cyber security company UpGuard, Inc, and his previous roles include serving as CEO of leading technology incubator, Cicada Innovations. With training originally in mechanical engineering, he has a passion for sharing his experience with entrepreneurs who are starting their journey.
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David Stone
Senior VP
David has over 25 years experience within the contact centre and customer experience industry as a sales leader. Immediately prior to joining Curious Things David was Chief Growth Officer of Stellar, a digitally enabled BPO, where he oversaw hyper growth and the sale of the business. Past experience includes national roles working with the largest vendors across Contact Centre, AI and Automation and within successful startups with cloud and speech recognition.
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Mark Adams
VP North America
Mark is a business development professional with over 20 years experience in mobile, entertainment and technology. Prior to CT, Mark was CEO of Incoming Media, an Intel and Warner Music-backed startup focused on mobile video. Mark has also held senior roles at global app developer Accedo, LG Electronics and Optus. He has an MBA from Macquarie University and attended the Exec program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Nishal Mistri
Head of Sales
Nishal has extensive experience in launching HCM solutions in market having worked for both start-up and blue chip organisations. His focus is on developing positive customer relationships and providing technology that can deliver tangible benefits.
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Paul Bacanu
Head of Marketing
Paul joined Curious Thing AI after gaining many years experience in Marketing, Advertising, PR and Communications. He started his career on the agency side which eventually culminated in starting his own boutique marketing agency. After a few years in this venture he moved into the corporate world working with top technology firms in ANZ as well as APAC marketing leadership roles.
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Erica Johnson
Head of Intelligent Contact Solutions
Rik spent the first 20 years of her career in contact centres. She specialises in harnessing digital and AI to deliver great customer experiences and excellent business outcomes.
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Dr. Yasaman Motazedi
Lead Data Scientist
Yasaman has a PhD in Computer Science (Macquarie University). Before Curious Thing, she was a founding team member of Macquarie Bank’s Owners-Advisory and she specialises in large scale text mining and Deep Learning.
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Lawrence Ong
Lead Engineer
Lawrence has worked in software engineering for more than 10 years, in industries ranging from telco to financial services. He helps grow businesses from a technology point of view, as well as mentors his team to run a highly scalable, reliable and secure platform.
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Ziyi Zhang
Senior Software Engineer
Ziyi graduated from Fudan University (China) and SUNY Stony Brook (US). He has 10+ years of experience in software engineering. He masters in C++ and Python for high performance programming.
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Thomas Stoelen
Software Engineer
Thomas has 5 years of experience in software engineering. He specialises in front-end and middle-ware development.
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Daniel Hall
Software Engineer
Daniel has a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Daniel specialises in full stack development.
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Sharde Heim
Product Designer & Culture Ambassador
Shardé has 5 years experience in UI/UX design with a particular curiosity for where technology, product and design crosses over. She was trained as a software engineer and has worked on UX design for a range of online businesses. She is passionate about fostering strong, positive and high functioning team cultures.
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Emma Wiltshire
Customer Success Manager & Data Protection Officer
Emma has a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney. Before Curious Thing, Emma worked at Westpac Group Technology and has experience working with various startups.
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Tiffany Zhan
Business Development Manager
Tiffany was an experienced software presales consultant, now transitioned to business development. She has a demonstrated history of working with clients on enterprise solutions and Saas solutions and takes a consultative approach to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.
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Loic Rouby
Business Development Manager
Loic was previously a key account manager for a trading company, now transitioned to business development. He has built several businesses within different industries. Loic strives to meet customer needs and work alongside them through the process. He believes every day is a new opportunity and is passionate about life, people and experiences. Loic is always ready for a new adventure.
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Cody Kelly
Sales Director North America
Cody is a husband, minister, human rights advocate, fitness advocate, and corporate professional that is dedicated to bringing about organizational evolution in the form of process, culture, and services. Cody graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2011 where he received his BA. He graduated from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2017 with an MBA in Finance. His mantra is progress, equality, and equity.
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Gayathri Kannan
Marketing Associate
Gayathri has a Master of Management (Marketing) from The University of Melbourne. She worked in the venture capital industry before joining Curious Thing. Gayathri previously trained as a designer and is passionate about working at the intersection of marketing strategy and design.
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Waqif Alam
Graduate Software Engineer
Waqif has completed his bachelor’s in Computer Science and specialises in full stack development.
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Joshua McDonald
Graduate Data Scientist
Josh has completed a bachelor’s in Physics and a bootcamp in software engineering. His research areas are quantum computing and epidemic modelling.
Curious Thing
Curious Thing started in July 2018
Our core team is a tight-knit, agile team of data scientists, engineers, designers, business development and product-growth people, with extensive experience in machine learning, natural language processing and product development.
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