About Us

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Goal

The Interest Graph Co.

our mission

{ Personalize the Internet }

When we founded Gravity the vision was simple – “Let’s Personalize the Internet.” The foundation of our personalization engine is a framework we call the Interest Graph, which is the set of things you care about and how much you care about them. We generate interest graphs and apply them for personalization throughout our growing network of sites and apps. Our goal is nothing less than creating magical personalized experiences for you across the entire web.

Amit Kapur

CEO

Jim Benedetto

CTO

Steve Pearman

CPO

Beach, City or Mountains?

Our Locations

Gravity HQ

2525 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

90405

Gravity NY

770 Broadway
New York, NY

10003

Gravity Design

1315 Oakridge Street
Fort Collins, CO

80525

Our Team

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Graviteers

Michael JordanProf EE & CS,Berkeley

Leading expert in AI, NLP & machine learning.

Michael is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His recent research has focused on Bayesian nonparametric analysis, probabilistic graphical models, spectral methods, kernel machines, signal processing, statistical genetics, computational biology, information retrieval and natural language processing. Michael was named to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 and the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been named a Neyman Lecturer and a Medallion Lecturer by Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is a Fellow of the IMS, IEEE, AAAI and ASA.
Dan JurafskyProf Linguistics, Stanford

Leading expert in computational linguistics.

Dan is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. Dan received a BA in Linguistics and a PhD in Computer Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, and is the co-author with Jim Martin of the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing". Recent research interests include the induction of meaning, machine translation and other issues in Chinese NLP, the role of probability in human word production, the application of natural language processing to social science topics including social psychology and the sociology of science, and the linguistics of food.
David AndreCEO Cerebellum Capital

Statistical machine learning guru.

David is a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO at Cerebellum Capital, where he is building black-box market prediction algorithms. Previously, David was Director of Research at BodyMedia, where he developed machine learning algorithms to draw conclusions about human physiology and activity. His team collected the world's largest physiological database. David continues to work on methods for automated program and agent design, including various forms of reinforcement learning. David holds both an AB and a BS from Stanford and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Berkeley, where he was awarded a Hertz Fellowship. David has co-founded several companies, including Blue Pumpkin Software and Just Passing Through.
Geoff YangInvestor

Partner, RedPoint Ventures

Geoff is a Founding Partner of Redpoint Ventures. Before Redpoint, Geoff was a General Partner with IVP. Geoff invests in consumer media and infrastructure. Some of his investments include Ask, Excite, MySpace, TiVo, and Juniper Networks. He currently serves on the board of Bluefin, BranchOut, Clicker (acquired by CBS), Formspring, Gaia Online, Gravity, Machinima, Oodle and Scribd, among other companies. Geoff holds a BSE from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford GSB. Geoff is currently on the advisory council for the Stanford GSB and was previously a Director of the National Venture Capital Association.
David HornikInvestor

Partner, August Capital

David is a Partner at August Capital. David invests in consumer internet and software companies. Previously, David was an attorney at Venture Law Group and Perkins Coie. Some of his investments include Aardvark (acquired by Google), Bill.com, eBates, Evite (acquired by Ticketmaster), LiveOps, PayCycle (acquired by Intuit), and Technorati. He serves on the board of Blippy, Gravity, Nomis, Rocket Lawyer, Splunk, StumbleUpon, and SAY Media. David holds an AB from Stanford, an M.Phil from Cambridge, and a JD from Harvard Law School. David is a lecturer at Stanford GSB and at Harvard Law School, the author of VentureBlog and VentureCast, and the founder and executive producer of The Lobby conference.
Mark SusterInvestor

Partner, GRP

Mark joined GRP Partners in 2007 after having worked with GRP for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Most recently Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com (NASDAQ: CRM) following its acquisition of Koral,where Mark was Founder and CEO. Mark founded Launchpad LA, a program designed to help mentor LA’s most promising first-time startup CEO’s. He runs the Southern California Venture Capital Alliance (VCA) and is on the board of advisors for the venture capital fund of the UCSD Rady School of Business. Mark sits on the Boards of RingRevenue, GumGum and Ad.ly. He was formerly on the boards of EMN8, Qualys, Koral and BuildOnline.
Michael JordanProf EE & CS,Berkeley
Dan JurafskyProf Linguistics, Stanford
David AndreCEO Cerebellum Capital
Geoff YangInvestor
David HornikInvestor
Mark SusterInvestor
Alex DuncanOperations
Alex DuncanOperations

Aaron HinikerEngineering
Aaron HinikerEngineering

Anthony JacksonSales
Anthony JacksonSales

Allison TaylorEngineering
Allison TaylorEngineering

Amit KapurCEO, Founder
Amit KapurCEO, Founder

Amit drives Gravity's strategy and execution.

Amit was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of MySpace, where he led operations, business development, and strategic partnerships. He was an early MySpace employee, where he oversaw the development and growth of MySpace Music and MySpace Mobile. While Amit was COO, MySpace rose to 125 million users and was profitable with nearly a billion dollars in revenue. Amit studied Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. He grew up in a small farm town in South Dakota with dreams of starting an innovative tech company.
Akash PatelEngineering
Akash PatelEngineering

Ashvin SampathFinance
Ashvin SampathFinance

Alberto SquassabiaEngineering
Alberto SquassabiaEngineering

Alex TothOperations
Alex TothOperations

Chris BissellChief Architect
Chris BissellChief Architect

Chris is responsible for Gravity's information architecture.

Chris is responsible for the architecture and design of our interest service, graphing algorithms, and ontology. He specializes in graph design, ontology building, and other core algorithms. Chris was the Chief Software Architect at MySpace. He introduced MySpace's first caching system and led teams addressing site scaling and performance. Before that, he was a founding member of GCells, a startup where he built a distributed, multi-user system for populating and visualizing living and working spaces in the browser.
Christa StelzmullerEngineering
Christa StelzmullerEngineering

Dave BuckProduct
Dave BuckProduct

Dan NikkelProduct
Dan NikkelProduct

Erik NelsonEngineering
Erik NelsonEngineering

Ezekiel VictorEngineering
Ezekiel VictorEngineering

George TeveldeEngineering
George TeveldeEngineering

Hayley TexidorSales
Hayley TexidorSales

Jarrett IronsOperations
Jarrett IronsOperations

Justin Engelman
Justin Engelman

Jim BenedettoCTO, Founder
Jim BenedettoCTO, Founder

Jim leads Gravity's research and engineering efforts.

Jim was formerly the SVP of Technology of MySpace, where he led technical operations and R&D. He was employee 12 at MySpace and the first technical architect. Jim was responsible for the initial architectural designs that allowed the site to scale from 100 thousand to over 125 million active users. Jim grew up in Ventura, CA, and studied business at USC. He's had a lifelong passion for CS teaching himself to program at age 5.
Jacque KhalilOperations
Jacque KhalilOperations

Justine KimSales
Justine KimSales

Jeff KudishevichAd Operations
Jeff KudishevichAd Operations

Jane LinMarketing
Jane LinMarketing

Jeffrey McVay
Jeffrey McVay

Josef PfeifferProduct
Josef PfeifferProduct

Jason Sylvester
Jason Sylvester

Karl RinderknechtCOO
Karl RinderknechtCOO

Karl leads Gravity's business operations.

Before Gravity, Karl was an investment banker at Pagemill Partners where he advised technology companies and startups in mergers and acquisitions and venture financings. Karl worked on M&A transactions with Ask, Microsoft, Cisco, CA, and Alcatel, among others. Karl has a BS from Stanford and an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, where he was a Mayfield Fellow.
Lindsay AstonSales
Lindsay AstonSales

Melissa GilletteSales
Melissa GilletteSales

Michael OlivierProduct
Michael OlivierProduct

Melanie StiekmanFinance
Melanie StiekmanFinance

Nicholas FrazeeSales
Nicholas FrazeeSales

Neepa ShahSales
Neepa ShahSales

Niki ShethSales
Niki ShethSales

Richard BuckinghamVP Engineering
Richard BuckinghamVP Engineering

Richard manages Gravity’s Engineering Team.

He joined Gravity from the Dreamworks Animation funded startup “Ptch” where he ran Ops, lead the Server Engineering Team and was Product Manager for the website. He was previously VP of Tech Ops at both HP Cloud Services and at MySpace where he managed large international teams and infrastructures. Richard graduated from Leeds University, UK with BSc Honors in Computer Science. He is also a former RAF Reserve pilot but now prefers car racing and poker.
Robert KingSales
Robert KingSales

Robert LeonVP of Sales
Robert LeonVP of Sales

Robert is responsible for Sales and Publisher Development.

Previously, he was an early member of Meebo, evangelizing a new consumer product to agencies and building out a sales team as the VP of the West. Before working in digital media, Robert worked in politics on the Howard Dean and John Kerry campaigns. He holds a degree in Government from Claremont McKenna College and is originally from Orange County, CA. He correspondingly likes road trips, movies and oranges.
Robbie ColemanEngineering
Robbie ColemanEngineering

Riccardo UliviSales
Riccardo UliviSales

Randy UngerEngineering
Randy UngerEngineering

Spencer BrownVP Product
Spencer BrownVP Product

Spencer manages Gravity's Product Management Team.

Spencer joins Gravity from Adknowledge where he ran Product Management. He was previously the VP of Product Management at the Rubicon Project and the Fox Audience Network where he was responsible for the Ad Serving, RTB, Targeting, and the customer facing analytics platforms. Spencer graduated UCSB with a BS in Aquatic Biology. In his personal time, Spencer enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, coaching soccer and surfing.
Steve PearmanCPO, Founder
Steve PearmanCPO, Founder

Steve oversees product development for Gravity.

Steve was formerly the SVP of Product Strategy for MySpace and the company's first PM. Many of Steve's early product ideas led to the explosive adoption of MySpace. Steve grew up in Fresno and escaped to study at Pepperdine. He lives in LA with his wife and two kids. He's had a lifelong passion for technology and science (especially magnetism – he keeps ferrofluid liquids in his kitchen to play with in his spare time).
Tom ChappellEngineering
Tom ChappellEngineering

Veronica FuogSales
Veronica FuogSales

Yasmin LuceroEngineering
Yasmin LuceroEngineering

Jobs

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Current Openings

We are changing the way people use the internet by delivering personalized experiences based on users' interests. That means tackling challenging engineering problems everyday and creating an entirely new market for authentic content-based advertisements. If big data, machine learning, and semantic analysis get you excited, if you enjoy solving problems that have never been solved, if you thrive in an open, collaborative, energy charged environment, then you share much in common with the Gravity team already. Also, our office is pretty sweet - it has an airplane wing hanging inside it.

We are actively seeking to fill positions in Santa Monica, CA (HQ), New York, NY, and Ft. Collins, CO:

Don’t see your role listed above? Not quite ready to formally apply for a new gig? Send us an email and introduce yourself. We’re always interested in getting to know talented folks, and promise to get in touch if the right role opens up for you.

Gravity is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We offer benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Equity Options
  • Health & dental insurance
  • Paid maternity / paternity leave
  • Flexible vacation and work hours
  • A brand new MacBook Pro or Air (you decide!)
  • Unlimited coffee, drinks, snacks, Cholula and Sriracha sauce
  • Daily surf sessions

Press

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Recent Articles

Press Info

  • Gravity's mission is to personalize the internet
  • At the core of Gravity is our Interest Graph technology
  • We help publishers and advertisers tap into consumer interests to deliver personalized content and ads

Quick History

  • 2009: Founded by Amit Kapur, Jim Benedetto and Steve Pearman
  • 2010: Unveiled plans to deliver a personalization platform
  • 2011: Began working with major publishers and advertisers on personalization
  • 2012: Opened New York City office
  • 2014: Acquired by Aol