Board of Directors
Gil Elbaz – Chairman
Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. In 1998, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which developed contextual advertising products including ASI’s AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired Applied Semantics and Gil stayed on as the Engineering Director for the Santa Monica office to continue to development of AdSense and other products. Prior to founding ASI, Gil worked in engineering roles at IBM, Sybase and SGI.
In 2007, Gil left Google to explore new ideas and passions and went on to found Factual, an open data aggregation platform. Factual launched its public beta in October 2009 in an effort to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and accessibility. In December 2010, Factual raised a $25m Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures to build upon its mission to make structured data broadly accessible to the development community.
Gil earned his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics. Active in a number of non-profits, he serves on the Boards of Trustees at the California Institute of Technology as well as the X Prize Foundation. Gil is also the founder and chairman of of the board of directors for the Common Crawl Foundation and is strongly committed ensuring a truly open web.
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Carl Malamud – Secretary and Treasurer
Carl Malamud is the President of Public.Resource.Org and has been on the Common Crawl Board of Directors since 2008. Malamud was the founder of the Internet Multicasting Service where he was responsible for creating the first Internet radio station, for putting the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR database on-line, and for creating the Internet 1996 World Exposition. Malamud is the author of eight books, was a visiting professor at the MIT Media Laboratory and was chairman of the Internet Software Consortium. He received the Berkman Award from Harvard and the Pioneer Award from the EFF.
Nova Spivack is a technology futurist and serial entrepreneur whose career has spanned more than 20 ventures, and 2 IPOs. He has been on the Common Crawl Board of Directors since 2008. He is one of the leading voices on the next-generation of search, semantic web technology, and social media. He works as a producer of emerging technology ventures including most recently, Klout, Bottlenose, Live Matrix, and The Daily Dot. In 1994, he co-founded one of the first Web startups, EarthWeb, which led to a record-breaking IPO in 1998 and a second IPO of Dice. He founded Lucid Ventures in 2001 and the semantic web venture Radar Networks which launched Twine.com. Spivack worked with Stanford Research International (SRI), to conceive and co-found their global business incubator, nVention, and participated in the DARPA CALO program, the most ambitious artificial intelligence project in US history. He has authored more than 30 pending and granted patents in the areas of search, semantics, and personalization and is considered a leading pioneer of next-generation web technology. Nova believes strongly in an open web, open standards, and supports numerous charitable causes around the world.