Dr. Gary William Flake is the CTO of Search and Data Science at salesforce.com. Previously, he was the CEO of Clipboard Inc., a seed stage Internet startup, which salesforce.com acquired in 2013. Prior to founding Clipboard, Dr. Flake was a Technical Fellow at Microsoft, where he was responsible for bridging Microsoft Research and MSN, and for helping set the technology vision and future direction of the MSN portal, web search, desktop search and commercial search efforts. In this capacity, he founded and directed Live Labs, Microsoft's greatest investment in applied research focused on the Internet, which was responsible for groundbreaking technologies such as Seadragon, Photosynth, Deepfish, Listas, Volta, and Pivot.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Flake founded Yahoo! Research Labs, ran Yahoo!s corporate R&D activities and company-wide innovation effort, and was Overture's Chief Science Officer. Before joining Overture, he was a research scientist at NEC Research Institute and the leader of its Web data-mining program. He has filed over 150 patents and has numerous publications spanning over 20 years which have focused on machine learning, data mining, and self-organization. His other research interests include Web science, efficient algorithms, models of adaptation inspired by nature, and complex systems.
Dr. Flake earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland, has served on numerous academic committees, and wrote the award-winning book, The Computational Beauty of Nature, which is used in college courses worldwide. Dr. Flake was also the 2010 winner of the World Technology Award in the category of individual achievement in software, and was named one of the "Creativity 50" in 2009.
TED2016, TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010
Areas of Expertise
Machine Learning, Data Analysis/Mining, Web search, eCommerce Strategy, Online Advertising/Marketing, Data Visualization, Research & Development, Innovation & Business Development