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Who I am and What I do
I am a data scientist and artificial intelligence researcher.
Currently, I am a co-founding managing partner and chief technology
officer at Differential Venture
Partners, a venture capital investment firm focusing on seed-stage
technology companies building software solutions for the future of
I am also a restauranteur, having launched 3 kosher restaurants:
Citron & Rose,
The Dairy Cafe, and
Zagafen. Citron & Rose was
originally a collaboration with award-winning Zahav chef Michael
Solomonov focused on Eastern European cuisine. It has evolved through
a few changes, and is now more of a Mediterranean-themed tavern. The
Dairy Cafe was a quick-serve community dairy restaurant, but it closed
in 2018. Zagafen is an Italian-focused pizza wine bar. It is a
collaboration with Greg Dodge's Zavino Hospitality Group, which is
managing the restaurant for me. The Zagafen menu is a mashup of
kosher versions of items from ZHG's Zavino and Tredici restaurants.
All of my restaurants are under the Orthodox Union (OU) supervision.
I previously worked at Renaissance Technologies, a hedge-fund
management company based in Eastern Long Island.
During my first term at Renaissance, I was head of production for the
better part of a decade. I was also the highest-ranked technical
employee for a number of years, implementing and overseeing the
implementation of a trading system which has been used by Renaissance
for two decades. In 2006, I retired from my management position at
Renaissance and moved to Philadelphia. After a four-year break,
during which I tried angel investing and teaching at Penn, I returned
to Renaissance as a tele-commuting researcher, first in the Futures
research group and then in the Equities research group.
I left Renaissance again in May 2017, and I am currently available for
work in data science outside of the financial industry.
I am also the founder and president
of The Kohelet
Foundation, a private foundation focused on Jewish education. The
Kohelet Foundation has been focused on developing the Yeshiva Lab
School, a new progressive, student-centered model for dual curriculum
elementary education. We also have run the annual Kohelet Prize
competition, which awards up to six $36,000 awards each year to
educators to reward innovation, creativity, and bravery in education.
The Kohelet Foundation is going into a silent phase starting in 2020.
I will continue to fund Jewish education and other Jewish communal
activities, especially The Jewish School, Momentum (formerly Jewish
Women's Renaissance Project), Kohelet Yeshiva, and Aish Chaim of
Philadelphia. But the Kohelet Foundation will discontinue operations
for the foreseeable future. Its day school education work will be
continued by The Jewish School.
Earlier in my academic career, I did research on the
statistical natural language parsing problem, culminating in my
thesis, entitled Natural Language
Processing as Statistical Pattern Recognition. Here's a list of the rest of my publications.
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