About

Graft™ is a fully remote, venture-backed startup that is building the foundation for modern AI. We are a diverse team with strong backgrounds in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship.

Our Team

Adam Oliner, PhD
Founder / CEO

Adam has spent years leading production ML teams at Slack and Splunk, co-founded a successful data analytics company, and studied at MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley.

Maria Kazandjieva, PhD
Co-Founder

Maria was Director of Engineering at Netflix, where her team earned two Emmy awards for technical achievement. She earned a CS PhD from Stanford.

Eric Schkufza, PhD
Co-Founder

Eric was a Principal Scientist at Amazon, working on global-scale machine learning systems, and a Sr. Researcher at VMware. He earned a CS PhD from Stanford.

Mick Hakobyan
Co-Founder

Mick is a seasoned full-stack engineer with 25+ years of industry experience and distinguished tenures at Facebook, Netflix, and Microsoft.

Irina Calciu, PhD
Co-Founder

Irina was a Research Scientist at VMware, focused on distributed systems, concurrent algorithms & data structures. She earned a CS PhD from Brown.

Brian Calvert, PhD
Co-Founder

Brian was Technical Lead for the machine learning platform at Cruise Automation. He earned a PhD from UMD College Park in High Energy Particle Physics.

Heph Adams
Cloud Operations Engineer

Heph works to maximize performance and reliability using cloud-native solutions to quickly scale our infrastructure to meet customer demand.

Dan Woolridge
Machine Learning Scientist

Dan is a machine learning scientist specializing in natural language understanding, recommendations, and representation learning.

Deven Navani
Intern Extraordinaire

Deven is a full-stack engineer with previous internships at Observe, Meta, Microsoft, and Splunk. He earned degrees in EECS and Business Administration from UC Berkeley's M.E.T. program.

Our Investors