Meet the people who make the magic happen at Carpe Data.
CEO & President
Chief Operating Officer
As co-founder and CEO, Max leads Carpe Data in the development and execution of the business. Prior to Carpe Data, Max co-founded Social Intelligence, a social media background screening company. Prior to Social Intelligence, Max co-founded Steel Card, an enterprise software company, which focused on creating web-based applications for insurance companies. Steel Card was sold to ChoicePoint (NYSE:CPS), a company now owned by Lexis-Nexis, in a substantial all-cash transaction in August 2006. Prior to Steel Card, Max co-founded and served as the Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Operations of eCoverage, a SoftBank/RRE/E*TRADE-funded startup that became the nation’s first online auto insurance company. In November 2010, Insurance & Technology Magazine named Max as one of its Top 10 Innovators of the Decade, an award that recognizes accomplishments in the insurance technology industry over the past 10 years.
Geoff is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Carpe Data. Geoff is responsible for the overall operation of the company, including business development, customer delivery, compliance, and partner management. He has overseen the creation of innovative social data solutions, including security clearance products that support the National Security sector and Accelerated Underwriting products for Life Insurance carriers. Prior to Carpe Data and Social Intelligence, Geoff was a Director and original member of Steel Card, playing a key role in the company’s development and successful acquisition by ChoicePoint. As the VP of Operations for the Personal Lines Software Division of Insurity, a ChoicePoint company, Geoff was integral in making Steel Card the first ChoicePoint acquisition to exceed their expected revenue targets for the first three quarters post acquisition. Previously, Geoff was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, focused on business and technology strategy within the insurance and financial services industries. Geoff is a graduate of Indiana University – Kelley School of Business where he received a Bachelor of Science, Finance.
Jim Andrews is a co-founder of Carpe Data and the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for sales, managing the sales team, customer service, account management, and business development functions. Jim also engages closely with strategic accounts and partnerships to provide direction to the product team based on the needs of Carpe Data’s user community. Jim is a 12-year veteran of the insurance industry, spending time in both the software and data sectors while working at ChoicePoint and LexisNexis. While he did not have any ambition to be a part of the insurance world (he wanted to be a farmer), he is very happy to have spent his entire career so far in insurance, and be part of the industry’s transformation with Carpe Data. Jim is originally from Bremerton, WA, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University (‘05). He a very proud husband and father of two who enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family and friends.
VP, Security and Data Protection Officer
Chief Data Officer
Mike develops technological applications for Carpe Data. With more than 29 years of experience in the computer industry, he has had a hand in everything from developing critical applications for Boeing Computer Services, to performing multiple roles across diverse technologies for growing Internet start-up companies.
Greg Jones is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in advanced analytics and data mining. Prior to joining Carpe Data, Mr. Jones served as VP, Enterprise Data & Analytics at Equifax, where he led the creation of Equifax’s Enterprise Identity & Linking business and consumer insights platform, as well as the management of the firm’s North American Commercial Services data strategy. Mr. Jones also previously served as a Director at Juniper Bank, Director at Experian, and Marketing Manager at Chase Card Services.
An insurance data and technology product strategist and marketer with success in software solutions at the vendor, carrier, and data provider level, Bob was previously Vice President of Product Strategy at Insurity. Bob has spent his carrier in the insurance industry including at ChoicePoint, the LexisNexis Insurance Exchange the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and with an insurance agency. Bob holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
Adam Tashman, PhD
Director, Data Science
Jennifer St. James
Director, Events & Special Projects
Bryan is responsible for the financial strategy and planning that guides business execution, and ensures that everyone at Carpe Data understands the financial impact of their decisions. A seasoned Finance professional with over 20 years in FP&A, Strategy and Accounting, Bryan fostered business growth at Expertcity, Citrix, Orbital ATK, and Procore Technologies before joining Carpe Data in 2017. Bryan has an MBA from Pepperdine University, and is proud to be a UC Santa Barbara Gaucho. When he isn’t working on Carpe Data’s financial strategy, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons at soccer pitches all over Southern California.
Adam Tashman, PhD
Adam has over ten years of experience in quantitative finance and machine learning, where his work has spanned research, analytics, risk, portfolio management, model development, and model validation. He has worked at a broad range of firms including hedge funds, investment banks, and commercial banks. His roles include Head of Analytics at a startup financial technology company, and Vice President of Quantitative Research at Citigroup in their Global Managed Investments department. Adam holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia, an MA from Columbia University in Mathematical Finance, and an MS and PhD from Stony Brook University in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
Jennifer St. James
For almost 20 years, Jennifer St. James has been involved in the marketing and communications field, from graphic design and magazine publishing to corporate blogging and brand journalism. Before starting with Carpe Data in 2017, Jennifer was the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Prior to the Scholarship Foundation, Jennifer owned Either/Or Media for more than nine years, providing marketing services for SMEs, as well as working as a marketing specialist and brand journalist in the U.S. and the U.K. for over 12 years. Her clients included companies as small as local insurance agencies and as large as Epson America and the Viceroy Hotel Group. Jennifer earned her BA in English from the College of Creative Studies, a masters-style program at UC Santa Barbara, and an MA in Literature, Culture, and Modernity at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield.
Customer Service Representative
Senior Data Analyst
My area of expertise at Carpe Data is understanding the needs of the company and making sure everyone is happy. I majored in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. I like the variety of my job and how it helps our company stay focused on our financial goals. In my spare time, I love to bake desserts for friends, coworkers, and family!
I am an advocate for our customers with excellent communication and organizational skills, and I enjoy helping resolve issues while supporting our client’s needs. Something people don’t know about me is that I have traveled and visited more countries around the world than states in the U.S.
My area of expertise at Carpe Data is building out and analyzing risk characteristics for small businesses. I studied Physical Geography and Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara. I love getting a first-hand experience working with our multiple data sources and figuring out how to best utilize that information to assess risk. Fun fact about me: I was a lead painter for an outer space mural back in high school.
I assist in managing Carpe Data’s product and solution development initiatives. I hold a Master’s of Technology Management from UC Santa Barbara with a focus on decision sciences. I enjoy working with teams across the whole organization and being exposed to a wide array of challenges. I love finding and trying odd hobbies such as whittling, line dancing, and outrigger canoeing.
Junior Data Scientist
Client Solutions Manager
Client Solutions Specialist
I love the process and challenges of developing an idea into an impact-ready commercial product, here in our very own Carpe Data Lab. When I’m not working, I play percussion in a funk-jazz band.
My role allows me to help many of the internal and external facing departments of the company, which I love. Additionally, I enjoy being an integral part of the client implementation process and an advocate to provide the best service possible. An interesting fact about me that few people know is that I’m adopted and have met my birth mother.
My area of expertise is creating and analyzing risk characteristics for our commercial product. Prior to Carpe Data, I studied Statistics at UC Santa Barbara. I really enjoy being able to actually build out the product, which means I’m always learning something new and get to exercise my analytical skills to continuously make improvements. Also, I’ve seen around 100 artists in concert.
Senior Software Engineer
Director, Product Delivery
I am a computer scientist, with a solid foundation in the full lifecycle development of web applications. What I like most about my position is working with new technology in a fast-paced environment. I’m a proud father of four children that are filling my days with joy.
Ian leads a team of Product Delivery Engineers at Carpe Data, ensuring that the company’s clients receive the maximum value from their solutions. His knowledge of our process and products comes from Carpe Data’s predecessor company, Social Intelligence, where he spent five years as the the Director of Product Development. Prior to Social Intelligence, Ian was a contractor at Fortune 500 biotech companies implementing facility operations procedures. Ian received his BA in Business and Managing for Sustainability at California State University, Chico.
Cindy is a leader on the team responsible for identifying and setting the vision for Carpe Data’s exceptional products. She has a rich background in both Commercial Lines P&C and technology, mainly focused on product development for enterprise software and data solutions. Prior to Carpe Data, Cindy spent the majority of her career at companies such as Insurity, LexisNexis, and ChoicePoint. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
My educational focus was international business and communications. My area of expertise at Carpe Data is my flexibility and communication skills, and I enjoy that no two days of my job are the same. The wide variety of work that comes across my desk is astounding. I love being the Office Administrator because I enjoy the challenge of meeting deadlines and of working in a team environment. An interesting fact about me is that I was part of an underdog high school soccer team that won the 3A State Championships in Washington.
Junior Data Scientist
Research and Development Engineer
Quality Assurance Analyst
Senior Data Engineer
My job focuses on Python machine learning and data analysis. I studied Actuarial Science at UC Santa Barbara, with a focus on analyzing risk and determining insurance product price. Writing scripts calms my mind, and analyzing data is like trying to find hidden treasures in the jungle for me. I like to clean the data and try to use it to explain what our company and our products do. Moreover, my position in Carpe Data gives me a chance to test my work in the real world. I graduated from high school both in China and America, so I have two high school diplomas.
I enjoy being able to explore the nearly unlimited universe of online data and working with intelligent people to create unique products and solutions. An interesting fact about me is that I was born on 7-11 and weighed 7-11.
I am a QA Analyst at Carpe Data, so I test new features of our products and find bugs. I received my bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara in Economics and Communication. My favorite part of being a QA is its problem-solving nature, and I also enjoy being able to see all aspects of our products. In my spare time, I love cooking and baking, and currently my favorite thing to bake is homemade sourdough bread.
I have over 20 years of experience in traditional software engineering and quality assurance, while more recently working on data and machine learning projects. I love working at Carpe Data—the people are so motivated, the work is interesting and, since we keep pushing the envelope, I keep learning new things so there is never a dull moment. I love learning about languages too. I speak Spanish and can read French. Beyond that, it’s just fun to see how many different ways there are to communicate.
Product Delivery Engineer
Product Delivery Engineer
Data Quality Analyst
My area of expertise at Carpe is Data Analysis. My educational focus was mathematical sciences and I took upper division stats classes as well. What I like most about my position at Carpe Data is that each question that I have to answer requires a different approach and you have to be creative when creating different rules. My interesting fun fact is that I have been on the UC Santa Barbara club fencing team all four years and have gone to club nationals each year.
My area of expertise is social media. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Computer Engineering. I love the flexibility this job allows me to have. I also enjoy working with my co-workers. I enjoy sports, audio books, and movies. Come chat sometime!
I have a BA in Film & Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Media Psychology. Both have helped prepare me for working within the ever-changing world of digital media, from Amazon to Yelp and everything in between! No day is the same, which means I’m always learning and adapting. My free time is divided between being a kickboxing instructor, amateur Olympic weightlifter, and Bay Area sports fan, and my go-to Pandora station is Cardi B.
I work with big data analysis and algorithm creation. I studied Mathematics at UC Santa Barbara. I love creating new workflows and applying cutting-edge technologies to my analysis, and my position allows me to easily do so. What most people don’t know is that I grew up on a pistachio farm!
International Product Lead
Quality Assurance Engineer
Product Delivery Engineer
I have intimate knowledge of the product foundations of Carpe Data, having been part of the team that established the underlying technology. Most of my experience related to online identity resolution and development processes was generated organically through working at our predecessor company, Social Intelligence. I appreciate that Carpe Data affords its employees the opportunity to make a substantial and direct impact, which makes my role easier, as I can rely on the brilliant team around me to continue to move the technology forward at a rapid pace. Further, having a CEO with a strong technology background creates an environment conducive to innovating and valuing technological contributions. An interesting fact about me is that I was the starting quarterback for the University of Warwick football team during a college quarter abroad in Coventry, England.
I work on the product team leading the risk characteristic functionality of our commercial product. I studied Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara. One of the best things about working for Carpe Data is the people I work with! In my spare time, I’m a volunteer global Startup Weekend facilitator through Techstars.
My area of expertise is finding bugs and Selenium scripting, and my educational focus was in Physics. What I like best about working at Carpe Data is the opportunity I have to learn and grow. Something that many people don’t know about me: when I was on vacation in Japan, I was bullied by a herd of small deer, and lived to tell about it.
Product Delivery Team Lead
Over the last 5 years at Social Intelligence and then Carpe Data, I’ve developed and honed my skills in helping adapt our products to meet our customers’ needs while maintaining a high standard of quality. I double majored in English and Linguistics. As the Product Delivery Team Lead, I enjoy the challenge of balancing customer needs with our capabilities and working with everyone to continually improve our products. An interesting fact about me is that I’m part of a board game group that meets every week to play new releases and I’m also the Dungeon Master for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
I am a recently hired data analyst who studied Financial Mathematics and Statistics. I enjoy being a data analyst because I get to solve problems and learn about a wide variety of businesses. A fun, but slightly sad, fact about me is that my favorite animal growing up was cats until I found out I was allergic.