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CipherMode $6.7M Funding + CipherCore Release Announcement

Mission Statement

We strive to build a modern, easy-to-use secure computation platform for digital ecosystems that preserves privacy and enables data sharing.

Vision

We are a team of technologists and privacy-advocates who believe that access to data - the right data at the right time by the right programs - is possible using advanced encryption that protects the data at all times while enabling arbitrary computation and maximum utilization.

Meet the Team

Sadegh Riazi
Co-Founder & CEO

Dr. Sadegh Riazi is a technology enthusiast, currently co-founder and CEO of CipherMode Labs. He received his Ph.D. in secure computation from UC San Diego where he was awarded the best Ph.D. thesis award. Sadegh founded Project HEAX at Microsoft Research (a new computing platform for Homomorphic Encryption). Prior to that, he studied Electrical Engineering and designed a new system for Brain-Computer Interfaces. Sadegh is a fellow of the Institute for Global Entrepreneur and has received multiple prestigious awards including Richard Newton Young Fellow Award, Jacobs Graduate Student Award, and Silver Medal in International Student Olympiad.

Ilya Razenshteyn
Co-Founder & CTO

Dr. Ilya Razenshteyn is a co-founder and CTO of CipherMode Labs. Ilya received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT with an award-winning thesis working on algorithms and theoretical computer science. Since then, he spent a few years at Microsoft Research as a Senior Researcher at the Machine Learning and Optimization group. In the previous life, Ilya was very active in the programming competitions community, winning gold medals at IOI (international olympiad for high school students) and ICPC (world championship for college students).

Fari Assaderaghi
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Advisor

Fari Assaderaghi is co-founder and Chief Technical Advisor of CipherMode Labs. He’s also Executive Vice President of Engineering at SiTime, a NASDAQ-listed company. Dr. Assaderaghi recieved his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Fari has held senior leadership positions at both start-up and large technology companies, including VP of Advanced Technology at TDK-InvenSense and CTO, IoT, and Security at NXP. He is on IEEE’s North America and Europe Executive Committee, and SRC’s Executive Committee. Throughout his career, Fari’s passion has been to identify disruptive technologies and pave their way into broad market adoption. Dr. Assaderaghi has given numerous invited talks and contributed to more than 100 technical papers, including the best paper at 2016 ISSCC. He has 76 issued patents.

Jesse Sedler
Vice President Business Development

Prior to joining CipherMode Labs, Jesse was a Senior Product Manager on the IBM Security Data Security team responsible for encryption, key management, data discovery and classification, and database activity monitoring solutions. His previous work includes stints as an analyst and research specialist at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), international trade lobbyist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds a BA in history from Emory University and an MBA from Duke University.

Michael Darnaud
VP of Sales

Michael Darnaud is a Sales and Business Development professional, helping nonprofits and for-profit companies with strategy and revenue growth. Michael is a Mentor at Plug and Play, the largest incubator in the United States, where he advises founders of startups in FinTech and CyberSecurity in strategy, sales and business development. Michael also runs his own consulting practice, LookIt, Inc. and has performed many engagements, delivering millions in profitable revenue, selling services to Government and the Banking and FinTech sectors. Three years ago, Michael led LeMichael Darnaudnding/Relationship Management efforts for a platform company that provides loans to nonprofits. There, he built a pipeline of about $100Million and provided loans and deposits to a variety of SMBs, working closely with a couple of banks he had partnered with. Prior to this role, Michael worked as a Senior Consultant at PwC, where he managed the Strategic Alliance with Jive Software and advised Fortune 1000 companies on Social Collaboration. He has a BA in Economics from the Sorbonne, an MBA in Finance from INSEAD and an Engineering Degree in Telecommunications. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Jodi and has two grown-up children.

Ilya Kornakov
Software Architect

Ilya has been working in software engineering for the past 11 years, 10 of them at Google. For the last 5 years he has been leading a team in Google Search ranking, giving exposure to modern Machine Learning and data science in addition to software engineering. During university life, Ilya was an active member of the competitive programming community (winning gold medal at ICPC finals, achieving high results at many of the other competitions).

Ilia IIiashenko
Research Engineer

Ilia is a cryptographer and a research engineer at CipherMode Labs. He has been working for 7 years on secure computation protocols including homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation. Ilia published multiple research papers presented at major cryptographic conferences such as Eurocrypt, CHES, and ACM CCS. In 2018 and 2019, Ilia was an intern at Microsoft Research working on the SEAL library. Prior to joining CipherMode Labs, he obtained his Ph.D. in 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Frederik Vercauteren and Prof. Bart Preneel and then worked 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at imec-COSIC, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Nitish Uplavikar
Research Engineer

Nitish Uplavikar is passionate about Data Privacy and the latest advancements therein. Currently, he is a Research Engineer at CipherMode Labs. Nitish was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Missouri, Columbia for the research done within Privacy-Preserving Data Analytics, using Applied Cryptography, and as advised by professor Dr. Wei Jiang. Previously, he attended Missouri S&T at Rolla. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Pune, followed by some related work experience. Nitish has represented the graduate student community in Rolla, at the Council of Graduate Students, to advocate their cause.

Javad Seyed Talebi
Research Engineer

Dr. Javad Seyed Talebi is a research engineer at Ciphermode Labs. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from UC Irvine. He spent six years developing secure and trustworthy computer systems and published multiple research papers based on them in major systems and security conferences such as USENIX Security and MobiSys. Javad also worked on improving the security and privacy of voice assistants while doing an internship at Microsoft Research in 2018. Prior to that he obtained an MSc in digital system design and designed multiple high-performance computing hardware for image processing. Javad has received the UCI 5-years fellowship award, a One-time scholarship award in recognition of exceptional promise by faculty, and a Gold medal in the National Student Olympiad.

Ian Rosenbery
Senior Software Developer

Ian Rosenbery is a software engineer at CipherMode Labs. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University and then worked at Amazon for 7 years before joining CipherMode Labs. At Amazon, Ian completed 2 internships during his college years and then worked in several organizations such as the AWS (Work Suite), Retail Website (Consumer Electronics Tech), and F3 (Distribution Center Tech).

Anna Khanova
Software engineer

Anna Khanova is a software engineer at CipherMode Labs. She has been working at Google for more than two years on the natural language understanding projects: Google Assistant and Cloud Conversational AI. During the Bachelor degree at the Ural Federal University, Anna participated in various ICPC competitive programming competitions.

Mengfei He
Head of Operations

Mengfei He heads up operations at CipherMode. Mengfei is a seasoned operator and has been instrumental in building various successful startups. Mengfei holds a BA in Economics from University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from Santa Clara University. Outside of work, Mengfei loves to enjoy California’s seasonal produce and spend time with senior rescue dogs.

Govind Ramnarayan
Research Engineer

Govind received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT in 2020 advised by Prof. Elchanan Mossel, with a thesis covering topics in theoretical computer science and mathematical models of social phenomena. Previously, he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UC Berkeley, where he volunteered as a tutor with Eta Kappa Nu. After his Ph.D., he spent two years working on the Runtime team at Neural Magic Inc., where he optimized sparse neural network inference on x86 CPUs. In his free time, he enjoys going on walks and trying new restaurants.

Our Advisors

Ellen Rubin
Bryan Parno
Yehuda Lindell
Mike Leeds
Adam Towvim

Our Investors

Our Accolades

Angel Investors

Michael
Callahan
Raphael
Danilo
Jeff
Dean
Sergey
Gorbunov
Adam
Gross
Ben
Lorica
Paul
Morville
Kat
Orekhova
Andy
Palmer
Ameet
Patel
Karthik
Ramakrishnan
Paul
Riegle
Jit
Saxena
Barry
Sowerwine
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