Technologist, Entrepreneur, and Angel Investor
- Greater New York City Area
- Information Technology and Services
Steve Shwartz's Overview
- Investor at SPS Ventures LLC
- Cofounder at Device42
- Founder at Esperant Technology / Software AG
- CTO and Co-Founder at Intelligent Business Systems
- Vice President, Software Development at Cognitive Systems
- Yale University
- The Johns Hopkins University
- New College of Florida
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Steve Shwartz's Summary
Dr. Shwartz started his career as a research faculty member in the Yale University Computer Science Dept Artificial Intelligence program and was a co-founder of two companies in the artificial intelligence area.
He then created Esperant, one of the leading business intelligence tools of the 1990’s. Esperant was translated into numerous languages and sold in 80 countries worldwide.
He was one of the early investors in Tangoe which was one of top 5 IPO's of 2011, served on the Board for 6 years, and was CTO for the 3 years around the public offering.
During the dotcom boom, he served as an Interim CTO for 4 startups on a consulting basis, helping those companies develop technology via outsourcing and then building in-house teams.
In 2001, he was brought into Transcentive, a stock option software company, to do a technology turnaround on a consulting basis and soon after became CTO. Transcentive was then sold to Computershare, a $2B technology-based financial services company based in Australia. Dr. Shwartz joined Computershare after the acquisition, ran the Transcentive Division for a few years, and traveled the globe for 5 years serving as the Global CTO of Computershare overseeing technology for about 90 development teams based around the world.
Dr. Shwartz is also the author of a book on natural language processing, has spoken at dozens of industry and academic conferences, has published numerous trade and academic articles, and has received two patents.
Steve Shwartz's Experience
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
October 2012 – Present (8 months) New Haven, CT
device42 is a data center information management product that offers a low-cost alternative to the expensive products in the space, is easy to use, and offers more modern technology (e.g. HTML5 with SVG on the UI side and RESTful APIs that can be used by data center personnel who aren't programmers). The software tracks IT assets with visual representations of rooms, racks, cabling, IP addresses, and application and hardware inter-dependencies.
Chief Technology Officer
Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Telecommunications industry
2009 – September 2012 (3 years)
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; ASX:CPU; Financial Services industry
2001 – 2009 (8 years)
Computershare is a $1.5B financial services company that is the global leader in stock transfer and employee plans services. Assumed Global CTO role after Computershare acquired Transcentive in 2004.
Privately Held; Myself Only; Information Technology and Services industry
1999 – January 2009 (10 years)
Interim CTO services, technology evaluations and audits, technology due diligence, and technology turnaround services.
Esperant Technology / Software AG
1993 – 1998 (5 years)
Developed Esperant, a patented query and reporting tool that enables business professionals to retrieve enterprise-wide corporate data in a client/server and/or internet environment. It's key diffentiators are a natural language menu interface, a SQL generator that creates optimized SQL for 27 different database engines, and a SQL Expert that prevents users from creating syntactically correct SQL queries that produce wrong answers.
The Esperant product was named Product of the Year by two major national industry publications in 1995.
Esperant was translated into numerous languages including a number of Asian languages and has been sold in 80 countries.
Steve Shwartz's Organizations
Connecticut CTO Club
NY CTO Club
Angel Investor ForumBoard Member
Steve Shwartz's Patents
Steve Shwartz's Publications
Book: Applied Natural Language Processing
Selected Book Chapters
Foreword. R. Keller, Expert System Technology: Development & Application. NJ: Yourdon Press. 1987.
The role of knowledge engineering in natural language systems, with R. Schank, in S.A. Andriole (ed.), Commercial AI Systems, New Jersey, Petrocelli. 1985.
Querying computer databases, with W. Lehnert. In A. Grasser and J. Black (eds.), Theories of Question Answering, 1985.
Natural language processing in the commercial world, in W. Reitman (ed.), Artificial Intelligence Applications for Business, New Jersey: Ablex, 1984.
A computer simulation approach to studying visual imagery, with S. Kosslyn. In J. Mehler, E.C.T. Walker, and M. Garrett (Eds.), Perspectives on Mental Representations. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. 1982.
Empirical constraints on theories of mental imagery, with S. Kosslyn. In A. Baddeley and J. Long (eds.), Attention and Performance IX, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, NJ, 1981.
Visual images as spatial representations in active memory, with S. Kosslyn. In E. Hanson and D. Riseman (eds.), Computer Vision Systems, Academic Press, 1978.
Avoiding the $995 mistake that can ruin your data warehouse initiative. American Programmer. Vol. 8, No 5. May 1995.
End users must understand database design. Computer Technology Review. August, 1990.
Accessing information from relational databases. Journal of Manufacturing. vol 1 (3). 1989.
On the demystification of mental imagery, with S. Kosslyn, S. Pinker, and G. Smith. The Behavioral and Brain Science, 2, 535-581, 1979.
The how, what, and why of mental imagery, with S. Kosslyn, S. Pinker, and G. Smith. The Behavioral and Brain Science, 2, 570-581, 1979.
Tachistoscope simulation package. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 10(6), 773-778, 1978.
Comparative evaluation of computer-based tachistoscopes, with B. Green. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 10(6), 789 - 795, 1978.
Computer-based tachistoscopes: Introduction, with B. Green. Behavior Research Methods and Instrumentation, 10(6), 754-755, 1978.
State and process limitations in information processing: an additive factors analysis, with J. Pomerantz and H. Egeth. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 3(3), 402 - 410, 1977.
A simulation of visual imagery, with S. Kosslyn. Cognitive Science, 4(3), 265 - 296, 1977.
Capacity limitations in human information processing. Memory & Cognition, 4(6), 763 - 768, 1976.
Prototype abstraction and the classification of new instances as a function of the number of instances defining the prototype, with D. Homa, J. Cross, D. Cornell, and D. Goldman. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 101(1), 116-122, 1973.
Three-dimensional rotation revisited: Picture plane rotation is really faster than depth rotation. Cognitive Science Technical Report #10, Yale University, Jan., 1981.
The search for pronominal referents. Cognitive Science Technical Report #9, Yale University, Jan., 1981.
Selected Conference Proceedings
Critical requirements for end user data access. Proceedings of the DB/Expo Conference, San Francisco, CA, April, 1996.
Getting the SQL right. Proceedings of the DB/Expo Conference, New York, NY, December, 1995.
Avoiding the $995 mistake that can ruin your data warehousing initiative. Proceedings of the DCI Data Warehouse Conference, Washington, D.C., September, 1994.
Integrating expert systems and natural language to achieve competitive advantage. Proceedings of the Conference on Advanced Technologies to Reengineer the Insurance Process, New York, May, 1992.
Integrating natural language with expert systems for information retrieval. Proceedings of the Conference on Expert Systems in the Insurance Industry, Boston, MA, May, 1991.
The natural language debate. Proceedings of the DB/Expo Conference, San Francisco, CA, March, 1991.
End user access to relational databases. Proceedings of the Database World Conference, Boston, MA, December, 1990.
Coming to grips with AI. Proceedings of the DB/Expo Conference, San Francisco, CA, March, 1990.
The problem of querying relational databases. Proceedings of the Database World Conference, Boston, MA, December, 1989.
Evaluating natural language systems: Tools vs. Application. Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computer Technology Conference, Long Beach, CA, May, 1985.
EASYTALK: A natural language application. Proceedings of the Conference on Applied AI and Expert Systems, Stockholm, Sweden, Nov., 1984
Problems with domain-independent natural-language database access systems. Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Toronto, Canada, June, 1982.
Natural language database access. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Prague, Czechosolovakia, 1982.
The recognition of complex disoriented objects. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Cognitive Science Conference, Berkeley, CA, 1981.
Steve Shwartz's Volunteer Experience & Causes
Marrakech IncJanuary 2002 – present (11 years 5 months)
Marrakech, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides residential, educational, and job placement services to people facing economic challenges and that serves more than 1500 children and adults with developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities through housing, employment, and community integration services.
Downtown Evening Soup KitchenJanuary 1993 – September 2002 (9 years 9 months)
Steve Shwartz's Education
Post-Doctoral Research, Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence
The Johns Hopkins University
New College of Florida
Steve Shwartz's Skills & Expertise
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