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About us

At Captricity, our mission is to unlock the information that drives the world forward.  For everyone.

Kuang Chen

Kuang Chen, Founder

The idea for Captricity came from Kuang’s PhD dissertation. His research focused on data-centric approaches to increase the efficiency of low-resource organizations, so they can better serve their disadvantaged clients. While doing research in Tanzania and Uganda, he experienced firsthand the importance and difficulty of transforming data from paper forms to computable formats. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, a BS in Computer Science and a BA in the Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington.

Brian Busch

Brian Busch, Business Development

A Denver native, Brian is passionate about bringing new ideas and products to market.  While completing a MBA at UC Berkeley-Haas, he advised several new, fast-growing companies and developed their business models in diverse industries, including clean water, mobile education, and social networking in developing countries. Prior to Haas, Brian spent nearly four years with a microfinance fund manager based in San Jose, Costa Rica.  He developed and managed two risk management training programs targeting development finance institutions throughout the region.  Brian also holds a BS in Finance and a BA in Philosophy from Boston College.

Jolly Chen

Jolly Chen, VP, Head of Engineering

Jolly has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering
enterprise software. Prior to Captricity, he led an engineering team at Cloudera. He cofounded Gauntlet Systems which was acquired by Borland. He was an early developer and engineering manager at WebLogic which was acquired by BEA Systems. While a graduate student at UC Berkeley, he helped add the SQL parser to postgres and released the first versions of what would later be known as PostgreSQL. He earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from MIT.

Spencer Hoffman

Spencer Hoffman, Customer Engagement

A Psychology and Business graduate from the University of British Columbia, Spencer is your customer engagement liaison. Having excelled in sales and marketing in the past through both his education and work experience, he discovered that his passion lay in working with people to help solve their daily problems by finding them the best solutions. In between asking him about Captricity, feel free to ask him about his travels, his love for the outdoors, and the latest movies he's seen.

Hui Peng Hu

Hui Peng Hu, Tech

Hui Peng graduated from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before completing his degree, he helped Captricity with numerous projects related to machine learning and from there moved on to work at Amazon to solve big problems related to fraud detection. Now he is back to solving more machine learning and vision problems related to document recognition and capture. He is passionate about solving big, hard real-world problems using software and computers. In his spare times he likes to pretend that he enjoys reading, but in reality he just plays video games.

Nick Jalbert

Nick Jalbert, Tech

Nick hails from the East Coast. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, he researched bug tracking in open source software. As a graduate student in the Berkeley EECS department, he researched fixing bugs in other people's code. These days, he spends his time fixing (the many) bugs in his own code.

Paul Patterson

Paul Patterson, Head of Sales

Born and raised in the Silicon Valley, Paul has over 15 years of experience in software start-ups. In his career, Paul has helped manufacturers build to higher quality standards, CIOs deliver IT more efficiently, engineers design products faster, and retailers sell more products to more people. Most recently, Paul led a sales team at EchoSign, an electronic signature provider acquired by Adobe in 2011. Paul graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Business Administration.

Josh Paulsen

Josh Paulsen, Tech

Josh loves using technology to solve problems. While getting his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley he found it easier to solve problems with software than with hardware. When not writing code, he can be found reading, wishing it would rain more and, most recently, thinking about learning to play the piano.

Andrea Spillmann

Andrea Spillmann, Head of Customer Success

Andrea recently completed her Master's of Public Health at UC Berkeley, where she focused on the nexus(es) of IT, health, and development. Her previous work spans academic medicine, health startups/Health 2.0, and ICT for development. Andrea is especially excited to be joining Captricity after having worked on earlier versions of the project through Berkeley's School of Information.

Matthew Weil

Matthew Weil, Account Manager

Matthew is happy to be part of an amazing team here at Captricity. A Philadelphia native, Matthew has over a decade of unique working experience including serving in the United States Navy, producing for NBC News, and working for the Oakland Athletics. In his spare time Matthew enjoys watching baseball, traveling and meeting new people. In 2013, he combined his three favorite pastimes into one as he traveled throughout the entire country visiting 25 MLB stadiums in 25 days while meeting new people all along the way.

Yoriyasu Yano

Yoriyasu Yano, Tech Lead

Yori holds Bachelor's degrees from UC Berkeley in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. He developed his love for computers through his experience with robotics and AI in the First Robotics Competition during his high school years. While working half-time, he had the highest GPA in UC Berkeley's Computer Science department when he graduated.