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About Dessa

Dessa helps the world’s largest and most complex organizations build real-world value with advanced AI. We do this by offering a platform, products, and services that build enterprise capabilities with the technology. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Toronto, one of the world’s biggest hubs for AI advancements.

Our Story

In 2016, we decided to start an AI company and call it, paying tribute to the incredible breakthroughs deep learning produced for the modern AI field. Since then, we’ve learned there’s a lot more to AI than just deep learning, which is why in 2018 we’ve changed our name to Dessa.

Our Story

Dessa has its origins in the word ‘odyssey’, which means ‘epic journey’. Making history with AI can’t happen overnight, and requires a long-term commitment to cleverness, curiosity and continuous learning. At Dessa, we’re striving to be the company that catalyzes success for those ready to embark on their AI journey.

• Founded in February 2016.
• Designed the first cloud-based AI development infrastructure in retail banking.
• Deployed the first deep learning model for a Top 10 global bank.

• Raised $9MM in Series A funding.
• Expanded reach to insurance, telecommunications and investment funds.
• Named “AI Company of the Year” at Canada’s FinTech & AI Awards.
• Became 1st international company recognized by NVIDIA for applied deep learning.

• Entered a partnership with Vector Institute, a prominent AI thinktank.
• Recruited deep learning pioneer Alex Krizhevsky from Google Brain.
• Expanded to US market and opened first office in NYC.
• Signed first Fortune 100 client in US.
• Introduced Foundations, a platform for engineering cutting-edge AI solutions at scale.

Our Team

With deep AI, functional, and industry expertise, Dessa helps enterprises the value of AI. Our experts come from Google Brain, Microsoft, IBM, Bain, McKinsey, Deloitte, Man Investments and more.

Leadership Machine Learning Engineering Enterprise Solutions Business Development & Marketing People & Operations

Stephen Piron

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Eric Lee

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Ragavan Thurairatnam

Co-Founder & Chief of Machine Learning

Vincent Wong

Co-Founder & COO

Matthew Killi


Susan Davis

VP of Engineering

Alex Krizhevsky

Principal ML Architect

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