Our Vision

To design a future, driven by your imagination, fueled by AI.

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“How can I become a more effective Data Scientist?”

Ople was founded by Pedro Alves in 2017. After having worked as a data scientist in multiple industries, with companies large and small, Pedro saw the reality of AI: big promises, but rarely big deliveries. He was frustrated because he knew getting an ROAI (Return On AI) was not only possible, but should be the norm; not the exception.  Pedro believed if large numbers of people across entire organizations could do AI, the return on that AI would be not only substantial, but also commonplace. Out of this idea, Ople was born. Ople’s software platform puts the knowledge and expertise of the world’s leading data scientists at the fingertips of analysts and SMEs. With this automated platform, every division within a company can have employees that both understand their business and are AI capable.

Pedro Alves
Founder & CEO

Our Purpose

Ople’s purpose is to help AI deliver on its promises. The promise of being the new electricity. Electricity touches almost every aspect of our lives, including almost every company. For most, electricity is easily accessible, affordable and abundant. Sadly, currently, AI is not any of those three things. By creating a simple automated software that allows non-data scientists to do AI, Ople is making AI easily accessible to all industries and companies that might not have much luck hiring as many data scientists as they desire. Simultaneously, this will drive the cost of an AI investment within an organization significantly lower. Only when the accessibility and affordability of AI are where they need to be, will every department within every company be powered by AI; thus transmuting this rare commodity into abundance. AI that is easy, cheap and ubiquitous will improve every aspect of human life; it will have become electricity, powered by Ople.

Meet Our Team

We have an exceptional team with proven track records in technical and business leadership with world-class data scientists,
recognized experts in deep learning, and a diverse background across startups and household-name companies.

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John Sheaffer

Head of Sales Engineering

John is Ople’s Vice President of Technical Sales. He is responsible for the technical aspects of customer acquisition and sales. He has spent the past 19 years helping customers learn and deploy the latest data and analytics innovations. John began his technology career working for Oracle as a product expert for the Oracle Database, Oracle RAC, and Oracle Exadata. After Oracle, he joined innovative data & analytics startups in sales engineering leadership roles, including ParAccel (acquired by Actian, and used by Amazon Redshift), Platfora (acquired by Workday), Treasure Data (acquired by Arm), and Clustrix (acquired by MariaDB). Before entering the technology industry, John served as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) for the United States Space Command (USSPACECOM). He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology and Avionics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Amanda Thomas

VP of Marketing

Amanda joins the leadership team at Ople to accelerate growth, drive marketing strategy and provide a customer centric, approachable AI Experience. Through humanizing and simplifying the complexity of robust data platforms, we have the ability to make a huge impact in the world through Training Data and AI. Amanda brings extensive experience as a revenue growth accelerator, proven through three successful acquisitions within the data space. Including Virsto (Acquired by VMware), Metanautix (Acquired by Microsoft), and Liaison Technologies (Acquired by OpenText). Prior to leading high performance marketing teams, Amanda spent time within Enterprise Software Sales, as well as working as a Pastry Chef and Sommelier. Equal parts high octane and namaste, her passions include motorcycles, impact coaching, and bringing AI to everyone.

Gilberto Titericz

Lead Data Scientist

Gilberto is the Lead Data Scientist at Ople, researching and developing artificial intelligence products for everyone. Prior to Ople, he worked at Airbnb, Petrobras and Siemens. He is well known for his extensive track record in winning machine learning competitions. Gilberto held the #1 position on Kaggle for more than two years, and holds a master’s degree in electrical Engineering from UTFPR, Brazil.

Pavel Bourdykine

VP of Engineering

Pavel began at Ople as a Lead Software Engineer, providing technical guidance and working with the team to help develop a robust high-performing solution for Ople’s ML Platform. After helping enhance and stabilize the platform with technical contributions, he’s taken on the role of VP of Engineering to grow the team, and lead the engineering efforts at Ople. Pavel brings a strong organizational aspect to Ople’s team, helping to create a cohesive, agile and productive engineering unit. Handling external engineering engagements and providing technical expertise, he works to actively remove impediments and inefficiencies in the engineering process, allowing the team to develop a quality software product.

Prior to Ople, he worked as a technical lead at Philips Healthcare, developing solutions across several tech stacks for Philips HSDP (HealthSuite Digital Platform), and as a software engineer at UnitedHealth Group, also working in the Healthcare IT space.

Pavel holds a Master’s degree in computer science with a focus on programming languages and distributed system development.

Francois Lopitaux

Chief Product Officer

Francois is Ople’s Chief Product Officer. He is responsible for the product strategy, roadmap and design. Making AI and machine learning accessible to everyone is what drives him. He believes the benefits of technology need to be ubiquitous and accessible to all. Before Ople, he was VP of Product at Salesforce where he spent more than 10 years working first to launch the second Salesforce business, Service Cloud, and then to work on the democratization of machine learning and analytics with Einstein Analytics’ product. Before that, he had the pleasure of traveling the world to meet customers for a startup called InStranet. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bordeaux in France.

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Petr is Ople’s Chief Technology Officer, and has been with the company since its beginning. Petr is responsible for technical vision, research and development efforts, and helping to guide the company through its most critical architectural and implementation decisions. Petr has helped build both the engineering team, and Ople’s products from scratch. Prior to Ople, Petr worked at Sentient as a Senior Software Engineer, which is where he met Pedro. He was responsible for building Sentient’s ML platform, as well as several computer vision products. Petr holds a PhD in Physics.

Mike Azevedo

COO & Head of Sales

Mike is Ople’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Sales, Marketing, Finance and Operations. Prior to joining Ople, Mike was the CEO of Clustrix, and previously held sales and operational leadership roles at a variety of technology startups and large organizations. As an experienced executive leader, he has a proven track record for bringing new and disruptive technologies to market using data and insights to drive growth through strategy, product, sales and marketing, and organizational design.

Pedro Alves

CEO & Founder

Pedro is Ople’s CEO and founder. He believes Ople will help change the way data science is done today. He is passionate about all aspects of data science, and loves being involved with projects, people, and the community through lectures, panels, mentorship and advisory boards.

Prior to starting Ople, Pedro worked in both academia and industry, across various fields. In academia, he researched data science and machine learning’s applicabilities to the field of genomics. In industry, he worked to find ways AI could bring real value to a multitude of industries, such as insurance and retail. Whether in academia or industry, he was constantly creating and improving on machine learning techniques.

Pedro’s vision is to help companies get a return on their AI investments by using Ople. Eventually his goal is to turn AI into something that is easy, affordable and ubiquitous. He believes he has figured out how to recreate the learning abilities and creativity of data scientists like himself, in Ople’s software, and that this is key to revolutionizing how companies use AI.