Silicon Valley AI Venture ModuleQ Is Forming A Minneapolis Engineering Team


Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 12.07.09 PMPalo Alto artificial intelligence venture ModuleQ is branching out into Minneapolis this year, according to CEO & CTO David Brunner.

Ryan Curd lives here in Minnesota and was with Unisys in Roseville for over six years before he joined ModuleQ a month ago as their new Director of Engineering. Curd is now looking for his number two, a Principle Software Engineer, to begin growing locally one by one, with up to a half dozen hires over the course of this year.

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 12.36.53 PM“The cost of doing business in Silicon Valley is knowingly high,” Brunner says. “Minneapolis has great tech talent with less poaching, and we’re excited to plant our flag and grow there under Ryan’s leadership.”

After a three years of preliminary R&D, Brunner launched the company in 2014 and has raised approximately $2.5m since then to commercialize the product, starting with Microsoft.

ModuleQ’s value proposition is to increase the value of customer relationships by lifting the return on knowledge assets. Big businesses spend millions of dollars per year creating and curating things like case studies, competitive analysis, and research reports.

ModuleQ’s AI is designed to route these assets through the last mile and into the hands of the right person at the right time.

“We enhance customer relationships and help professionals win deals by matching assets with priorities.” He calls it an AI knowledge delivery solution and this proprietary “personal data fusion” was invented by Brunner based on his research at Stanford University.

He likens the method to how Amazon or Facebook mine real time consumer data to gain a better sense of what interests are and responds with contextualized offers based around users behavior and intention.  ModuleQ’s current delivery mechanism is a chat bot integrated with Microsoft Teams, a Slack competitor, and encompasses disparate data (emails, meetings and conversations) across the spectrum.

“We fully intend to expand our relationship with Microsoft and to embrace other intelligent platforms such as Slack or Facebook Messenger in the small and medium sized enterprise world,” Brunner explains of the product vision.  Curd anticipates that local growth would inevitably lead to a need for more dedicated office space to call home in the Twin Cities.