Steven Cohen

EVP & COO, Co-Founder

Steve co-founded Basis Technology in 1995 and oversees the firm’s business operations. With his engineering background, Steve seeks to move the dial on real-world problems by finding achievable waypoints between academic thinking and production-grade technology.

In the mid-90s, Steve recognized a common need among major search engines—Infoseek, Lycos, Google, Yahoo!—and led the company to develop its first text analytics products. With the success of these products, the company started building AI applications for mission-critical operations for national security. Steve is now working to bring the technology developed for the US Intelligence community back to the commercial sector for risk management and opportunity building applications.

Prior to Basis Technology, Steve was an engineering manager for Cognex Corporation in Tokyo and development manager for SMT device inspection. He also consulted on software internationalization engineering and developed software for embedded systems and electronic test equipment. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT and studied at Waseda University in Tokyo. He actively mentors startup companies at Mass Challenge and other incubators.

 


Advisory Board


Amit Bohensky

Amit is an Israeli business executive and angel investor who works primarily within the software industry. Previously a CEO for companies such as Matrix Global and Consist Systems and Technologies, he has founded technology startups such as Unicoders and Focal-Info, the latter of which was sold to Verint Systems in 2012. He is currently Founder & CEO at Zoomd.com.

Catherine Havasi

Dr. Catherine Havasi is a technology strategist, artificial intelligence researcher, and entrepreneur. In the late 90s, she co-founded the Common Sense Computing Initiative, or ConceptNet, the first crowd-sourced project for artificial intelligence and the largest open knowledge graph for language understanding. ConceptNet has played a role in thousands of AI projects and will be turning 20 next year. She is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Luminoso, which helps companies get value from customer service data. She was honored as one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in business. She is currently a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab where she works on computational creativity and previously directed the Digital Intuition group at the Media Lab. She did her PhD at Brandeis University with James Pustejovsky.

Benson Margulies

Benson spent 18 years at Basis Technology as the company’s first CTO. During his tenure, Benson provided technological leadership delivering text analytics products and services to a wide range of U.S. government, foreign government, and commercial customers. He led the design and implementation of the Rosette SDK and the Rosette API, offering morphological analysis, entity extraction, entity resolution, relationship extraction, sentiment analysis, and categorization across the widest range of languages available from a single vendor. Benson is an active contributor to several open source projects as a member of the Apache Software Foundation and the Project Management Committee of Apache Mahout and Apache CXF. He earned a computer science degree from MIT.

Bob Flores

Bob is a co-founder of Cognitio, a strategic consulting and engineering firm. Prior to this, Bob spent 31 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. While at CIA, Bob held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support, and the National Clandestine Service. Toward the end of his career, Bob spent three years as the CIA’s Chief Technology Officer where he was responsible for ensuring that the Agency’s technology investments matched the needs of its mission. In addition to his senior level leadership and management positions, Bob’s career included assignments in applications programming, training and education, contract and project management, and both line and staff management roles at various levels of the Agency.

Jeffrey Vogel

Jeff is Managing Director at Bulger Partners, co-heading the firm’s strategy consulting practice focused on advising CEOs and investors of tech companies on growth-oriented strategies. Jeff has spent over two decades as an executive, entrepreneur, investor and advisor with high tech companies. Prior to joining Bulger Partners, Jeff was Founder and Managing Director of Velocity Equity Partners, an early stage technology investment fund, where he sat on the boards of many growth-oriented software companies, including Asure Software (Ticker ASUR), BEZ Systems (acquired by CompuWare), WebDialogs (acquired by IBM), Nexaweb, and AccuRev.