Mark Wong-VanHaren :: Software Engineer
Mark has 30 years experience in software development. He co-founded Excite.com, was CTO of ecommerce site Glyde, and served as VP R&D at Wordnik. Over the years, he's designed and built a wide range of tools and products, including: a special-purpose search engine, a columnar DBMS, a category-best iPhone app, and a templating language and compiler. At Groq, Mark works on our compiler as well as developer tools. He especially enjoys taking complex problems and mercilessly simplifying, usually using a functional programming language. Mark studied computational linguistics at Stanford and maintains a strong interest in natural and programming languages. Outside of work, Mark enjoys tandem biking and creating music with his family band.
Rebekah Leslie-Hurd :: Software Engineer, Compiler Team Lead
Rebekah is a computer scientist with a love of computer architecture and the software systems that make hardware work. Although her career has been devoted to these low-level systems, including designing hardware architecture extensions at Intel, Rebekah prefers to approach these areas through the lens of higher level abstractions and modern computer science techniques: coding in functional programming languages and making use of strong static types. As the head of the compiler team, Rebekah’s focus is on leveraging Groq hardware to achieve best-in-class performance for machine learning workloads. When she isn’t working, you’ll find Rebekah riding her bike, traveling the world, and raising two small humans.
Max Baker :: Distinguished Engineer
Max has over 20 years experience in leading design of semiconductors and software, with over 20 tapeouts under his belt. He has worked for a variety of companies from startups to Fortune 500: including Xilinx, Rambus Cryptography Research, and Tabula. Previous projects have included lead roles in the design of radiation-hardened FPGAs and hardware debug of time-division multiplexed datapaths. Max bootstrapped and ran an IP business unit across multiple geographies creating side-channel protected cryptographic cores for ASICs, leading roadmap creation, team development, and technical direction. Max earned a masters in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Outside of work you will find him on the ski slopes, or driving around in circles at one of the local racetracks.