As CEO of the Interactive Factory (acquired by RDW Group), David worked with a brilliant team of designers and programmers to develop museum exhibits and interactive toys, including the award-winning LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Along with Ditto co-founder Neil, David invented on-line photo sharing selling Opholio and its seminal patents to FlashPoint.
Under his leadership at Ambient Devices, David launched a product line of wireless glanceable displays which pioneered a new category of consumer electronics. David’s insight on the behavioral impact of his flagship, the Ambient Orb, sparked a re-imagination of the medication taking experience long before the quantified self became a meme. To capitalize on this opportunity, David founded Vitality (along with Ditto co-founder Josh) which solved the multi-billion dollar adherence problem for pharmaceutical giants such as Bayer and Novartis. The iconic GlowCap is the category-defining smart medication packaging in healthcare.
A visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, and author of the upcoming book Enchanted Objects, David is in demand for his inspiring presentations at conferences like TEDx, South by Southwest, The Institute for the Future, and Fortune 500 corporations.
After receiving his bachelor’s degrees in physics and fine art from St. Olaf College, David earned a master’s at Harvard.
At Ditto, David’s dream is to make photos automatically link to products and experiences. Photo taken of products link to Amazon, shoes link to Zappos, People to LinkedIN, Bikes to Ebay, movie posters to Fandango, food to Opentable reservations, beaches to Expedia deals.
Known as an out-of-the-box thinker, Josh earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT where he studied computer vision at the Media Laboratory. He has a film credit for his special effects work on the Dreamworks film ANTZ as well as numerous patents and publications to his name.
Josh enjoys sharing photos of mouth-watering food but Ditto detected his interest for the great outdoors via brands like North Face, Columbia and Pongo.
Neil earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He holds a S.B. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and studied at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Arel came to Ditto in Cambridge via from Yahoo in San Francisco where he was part of the Flickr vision team, developing advanced computer vision technologies for scale. He was previously at IQ Engines, a computer vision startup that Yahoo acquired in 2013. Arel earned PhD in Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley where he studied artificial intelligence and security and its applications to voting systems. He earned a BS in computer science and violin performance from the University of Oregon.
Arel likes to explore cities by running through them. Ditto detected him in this snapshot near the Golden Gate Bridge. He also enjoys developing board games. His current game is called Yards: The Game of Inches.
He enjoys systematical curiosity in various fields.
Pat is a software engineer focussing on front-end web development for various products for Ditto. He graduated from Bentley University with a degree in finance, last managing a product line of alternative investments for retail bank and brokerage clients at Wells Fargo. He honed the ability to turn complex data into user friendly information to a wide range of audiences.
With the desire for more creative work in a world driven more and more by technology, he enrolled in the General Assembly web development immersive program where he gained the skills to become a full stack web developer. At Ditto, he is excited to work on new challenges everyday for a company on the bleeding edge.
Growing up in Scarborough, ME, he loves the beach and the mountains. In Boston, he still finds time to get outside to run or play co-ed softball while continuing to learn new code, guitar, and cook.
When not working Joseph can be found playing his acoustic guitar or watching random educational videos.
Thomas is from France where he is completing his Master’s in Computer Science and Microelectronics.
Prior to joining Ditto Labs, he had been working on brain function modeling with neural networks within the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University.
James is from the other side of the world, coming from New Zealand to study in the US. After completing his B.S. (Hons) in Mathematics at the University of Canterbury, James accepted a Fulbright scholarship to study in the US, and is now a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Mathematics at Yale University. He is studying under professor Nicholas Christakis in the Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS), working on several projects such as real time epidemic detection in social networks, studying supply chain topology in economic networks, and sentiment analysis in online social networks.
During his school and college years, James took every opportunity to have a positive impact on others, being a leader in the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF), starting an undergraduate Mathematics society at the University of Canterbury, and providing academic tutoring and mentoring for fellow undergraduates before leaving for the US. He is also the president of the Citations, the only graduate a cappella group at Yale.
When he is not buried in code or consulting, James enjoys playing squash and going snowboarding, hacking around with code, electronics, engineering, and spending time with his wife and newborn son.
Clients include AT&T, US Cellular, Scripps Translational Science Institute, CVS, Nanthealth, Oracle, Genentech, Gilead and Amgen. Prior to BrandForce, Joe worked at Detroit-based BIG Communications, which was acquired in 2008 by media giant Meredith.
While at Meredith, Joe led the East Coast client solutions team helping pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device brands like Novartis, Alexion, Pfizer and Roche utilize mobile, digital and big data technologies to drive drug adoption, adherence, and loyalty. Joe began his career at Pfizer, Inc. where he was involved in sales and marketing of some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Lipitor and Viagra. With more than 33 product and device launches over the course of his career, Joe has a broad knowledge of go-to-market strategies encompassing multiple technologies.
Before joining Ditto, Julia headed up operations at Vitality and worked closely with Josh and David to manufacture and distribute the GlowCap, a wirelessly connected medication adherence product that won the At&T Global Mobile Award in 2011.
Based in New York City, Julia loves the Met, is an avid supporter of the New York Public Library and is frequently trying new restaurants.
Elena is originally from Lithuania, but has studied and worked in the UK, the Czech Republic, France, Spain and the United States. She loves languages and speaks English, Lithuanian, Spanish and Russian.
Before joining Ditto Elena worked as an Account Manager at an educational software startup in Cambridge, MA, where she focused on building and maintaining strong client relationships. She likes tackling hard problems and finding innovative solutions.
Elena is very passionate about sustainability. She enjoys gardening, hiking and cycling.
His powers of organization were honed in the publishing industry, where he was a project manager and graphic designer for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a textbook publisher, producing catalogs, web design, and direct mail. This is where he developed his keen eye for typography, a useful skill for logo research.
On non-work days in the summer, he’s out on the tennis courts as much as possible, and in cooler months, he’s likely to be at home reading fiction. He takes pictures all year long.