Meet The TeamThe Iris team is a diverse group of experts from around the world specialising in Computer Vision, AI, Robotics, Simulation, Embedded Systems and Autonomous Vehicles.
Our culture revolves around the core values that drive work at Iris every day. A focus on collaboration, growth, hard work, and keeping active and healthy drives everyone to better themselves in and out of the office.
We optimize for safety and autonomy, which means holding yourself responsible for following through and asking when you need support.
We support continuous personal and professional growth by offering educational benefits, and we learn from each other in weekly learning lunches.
We are building cutting edge technology, which requires being comfortable with change and expecting our direction to evolve with our growing industry.
We meet as a team every Friday, host monthly office exchanges, and a coffee matching program to deepen cross-departmental connections.
We believe in working smart and hard to accomplish our goals. We’re outcomes focused, not face time focused, so we allow for flexibility in our teammates’ working styles.
We are working on some of the hardest problems in our industry, so it’s important to be open, transparent, and to share our mistakes so we can all learn together.
The Iris Team
UAS Testing Associate
Deep Learning Engineer
Public Policy Lead
Head of Business Development
Head of Flight Operations
Head of R&D
UAS Testing Associate
Computer Vision Engineer
CTO & Co-Founder
CEO & Co-Founder
UAS Testing Program Manager
3D Simulation Systems Engineer Intern
Backend Software Engineer
Computer Vision Engineering Intern
Board and Advisors
Board Member David Cowan is a partner in Bessemer Ventures Partners and launched Bessemer’s practices in cloud infrastructure, consumer tech, cyber-security and space tech. During David’s time with Bessemer his portfolio has included companies such as LinkedIn, Twitch and Skybox Imaging. David has also co-founded three cyber security companies and overseen over 20 IPOs. David holds an MBA from Harvard University.
As an experienced startup and engineering team leader, Russ brings his knowledge of software development, agile business scaling, and talent acquisition and retention to Iris Automation where he serves as a technical leadership adviser. Previously he served as CTO at Spire Global, Inc., a satellite-powered data company. Under Russ’ leadership Spire designed, manufactured, and launched 30 nano-satellites operating in low-earth orbit. He also oversaw the development of software for the fleet that performs multi-source data aggregation, storage, analytics, and data services for a range of customer use cases.
John has fifty-one years of aviation experience in a career rich in air traffic control, airspace management, flight navigation, and airport development skills. John’s aviation career includes thirty-two years with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as four years served in the United States Air Force. His last Senior Executive Service assignment was served as the FAA’s Program Director of Airspace Management. At Iris Automation, John lends his vast experience and wisdom of the aviation regulatory environment in the United States and around the globe to our efforts in enabling drones to fly safely within the national airspace.
As an advisor through Y-Combinator, Geoff brings his expertise in the technological and business development of enterprise software products to Iris and provides valuable support for our team. Geoff was a founder of Four11, where he built RocketMail, one of the first web mail services, which in 1997 became Yahoo Mail. At Yahoo Geoff worked in engineering, then ran a business unit, then became Chief Product Officer. After Yahoo he was CEO of Lala, which was acquired in 2009 by Apple. He has an AB in Computer Science from Dartmouth, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford, and an MBA from INSEAD.