In this talk Alex will share why he chose to found a machine learning company with Clojure, what worked, what didn’t, and how they scaled their technology team from 3 people to over 40. Alex will explain where they use Clojure, and where they don’t, and why. How Clojure’s strengths and weaknesses change with your team size. Which assumptions he made about Clojure when founding the company that changed over time, and which turned out to be correct.
Alex is the Co-founder and CTO of Kira Systems and leads the technology, design, and research groups. He holds Ph.D and M.Math degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Physics and Computer Science. His past research in the field of bioinformatics focused on finding similarities between DNA sequences, and he helped assemble the first complete draft of human chromosome 7. He has also worked in the areas of proof systems and database query compilation.