Michael Akilian
Former Co-Founder and CTOClara Labs

I’m a technologist based in San Francisco, interested in stimulating independent thinking and welfare-generating technological progress. Consequently, I’m also interested in intelligent systems, collective intelligence, organizations, and economics; hopefully this site gives you the gist.

San Francisco, CA
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I co-founded Clara Labs with Maran Nelson. We built one of the earliest well-loved conversational UX products, and lead inventive work on human-in-the-loop NLP systems. Twitter acquired the R&D team and licensed IP to work on content moderation, while the Clara brand, product and operations are now part of TopFunnel.

Before that, I was an early hardware engineer (11th employee) at Misfit Wearables, where I helped stand up an assembly and test factory in Korea and ship the Shine’s v1 firmware preceding its acquisition by Fossil Group. While an engineering student at UT Austin, I started HackTX, spent multiple summers interning at Apple, and worked part-time for Gilman Louie and Stewart Alsop’s venture fund for three years.

I am proud to have grown up in Texas, where I got started in computing by programming iOS games for the early app store.

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