Team

David Bader / Co-Founder

David A. Bader, PhD. is a Co-founder of Adapter where he serves as the Chief Knowledge Officer. He is a Distinguished Professor and founder of the Department of Data Science in the Ying Wu College of Computing, Director of the Institute for Data Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and cofounder of the Graph500 list for benchmarking “Big Data” computing platforms.

Previously the founding Professor and Chair of the School of Computational Sciences and Engineering at Georgia Tech.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and SIAM; a recipient of the IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award; and the 2022 Innovation Hall of Fame inductee of the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. The Computer History Museum recognizes Bader for developing the first Linux-based supercomputer which became the predominant architecture for all major supercomputers in the world.

David co-founded Adapter with the vision to revolutionize the data landscape. Recognizing that data is the new oil, we aimed not just to harness its power, but to flip the traditional model on its head. Instead of conforming to existing structures, we sought to empower individuals and organizations to adapt to the ever-changing demands of the digital era by providing them with the tools and insights they need to thrive.

Adam Ghetti / Co-Founder

Adam serves as Adapter's CEO and CTO alongside a remarkable team of passionate and capable doers. As an explorer, creator, and investor Adam has catalyzed several innovative ventures over the years resulting in novel solutions deployed at global scale across critical private and public sector entities. Previously founded Ionic Security (Acquired by TWLO), GM of Emerging Businesses (AI/IoT/+) @ Twilio, and remains active early stage investor.

20+ issued US patents spanning complex orchestration, reasoning systems, and advanced cryptographic capabilities. Advisory Board, Georgia Institute of Technology: College of Computing Founding Board, Institute for Information Security and Privacy at Georgia Tech.

Avid large format landscape and underwater photographer he spends much of his leisure time with his friends and family out in nature.

His envisionment of Adapter is rooted in a deep belief that there is no reason for us to live in a world in which those with the highest concentration of power are the only ones who can actually leverage the power of intelligent technology. Knowledge is true power and knowledge of self is the most empowering.

Aidan Crank / Engineering

Before joining Adapter, Aidan led a ML engineering effort for integrating Gen AI into a new enterprise data search and discovery service at AWS. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the intelligence industry, focusing on fundamental and applied research. He has co-authored peer reviewed research papers and been a recipient of a DoD research grant.

“I joined Adapter because I believe the potential for what used to be inaccessible technologies becoming seamlessly integrated into and improving people’s lives.”

Andrew McGehee / Engineering

Andrew is an Ex-Googler coming from Cloud AI. In his former role he collaborated with some of Google’s more ambitious AI clients to build and prove out research solutions in the GenAI, forecasting, and RL domains for practical multinational business applications.

Andrew joined Adapter because “Adapter is challenging the norm that personal data – and specifically the deep understanding of preferences and personalities through data – should solely empower business. Instead, Adapter asserts that one's data should first and foremost empower the individual human being.”

Anton Kostov / Engineering

Anton considers himself a techy and has expertise in machine learning systems. Before Adapter, he had a brief stint as an entrepreneur after eight years at Amazon working on core data engineering and systems. He joined Adapter because he wanted to explore the power of intersecting knowledge-graphs with large language models.

Arthur Kay / Engineering

Art is a software engineer and entrepreneur with more than 20-years of experience across various tech startups such as Kentik, IronNet Cybersecurity and Sencha. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago where he studied Music and Computer Science.

“Adapter is doing some incredible things, and I’m really excited by both the technical challenges we’re solving as well as the personal impact we are delivering to our users.”

Bill LeBlanc / Engineering

Bill has a distinguished track record of innovation, including early development of the Cisco PIX firewall and Local Director products. During more than 24 years in technology research and software development, Bill has authored more than 25 patents in areas that range from firewall technology, network scaling and distribution, to cybersecurity.

He has been a co-founder of multiple startups taking on the roles of CTO, Lead Architect and Lead Engineer. Bill has also served as Distinguished Engineer in the CTO Office of Aruba Networks, CTO at lonic Security, and most recently as Chief Product Architect for Beyond Identity.

Bill was driven to join Adapter by the opportunity to put our data to work to truly achieve our goals instead of being used to target us. The amazing Adapter team was a welcome bonus.

Chris Ioffreda / Product Design

Chris uses design to help teams develop clear and compelling visions of the future. He drives clarity in highly ambiguous and complex problem spaces by leveraging ideation, prototyping, and storytelling. His innovation experience includes X - the moonshot factory, Verily, Pebble, and Disney Research.

Chris joined Adapter because it has because it has the right leadership, talent, and vision to create a generation-defining product with users in control.

Dillon Ponzo / Engineering

Dillon has 5+ years of experience in building and operating software services at academic research labs, startups, and AWS. His expertise ranges from intelligent systems projects to globally available data governance services. He has a broad background that includes deploying secure machine learning (ML) models in multi-tenant systems, architecting and launching entire new services, and making open-source contributions for Infrastructure as Code (IaC) innovations to enhance the developer experience.

In his spare time he enjoys fishing and scuba diving and is an amateur pilot.

Dillon joined Adapter for the amazing team and the mission to invert the data paradigm, empowering users to harness their data for improving their lives and understanding themselves.

Dillon Thompson / Engineering

Before joining Adapter, Dillon worked at Virtru and was in charge of a high throughput, high availability security audit system. He designed and built ETL pipelines to manage large volumes of data in an efficient and robust manner while also designing and building APIs and frontend clients to enable easy access to that data.

Dillon joined Adapter because he believes in the power of data and its ability to unlock a better future for people when used to inform and make better decisions.

Inés Bustamante / Strategy + Ops

Inés is a strategist and a creative at heart. Prior to joining Adapter she worked at Morgan Stanley where she focused on technology and innovation strategy.

She joined Adapter because of the shared belief that we can reimagine how technology empowers individuals.

Irene Tena / Product Design

Before joining Adapter, Irene was the Head of the User Experience Design team at Shield AI, a defense-tech company. At Shield AI, she worked on building an AI pilot with the mission to protect service members and civilians. Working alongside service members, she saw the need for better user-centered experiences in the defense-tech space.

Jennifer Uhlmann / E.B.P

Jennifer comes from a background in psychology and healthcare. Most recently she was at GLG where she supported operations related to conferences and event management. She has a masters in psychology from CUNY City College of New York and studied Pre-Medicine at Boston University.

“I am impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience the team and am excited to work with truly amazing, inspired, thoughtful, intelligent, and hard working people.”

Jon VerSteeg / CFO

Jon has been a finance leader in a number of technology companies going back to the late 90’s, working alongside founders and exec teams bringing innovative solutions into big markets. Day zero through IPO and everything in-between across domestic and international markets. Having seen many teams and many missions, Adapter’s alignment of both inspired me to tag in!

Noah Graff / Advisor

Noah graduated with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering specializing in dynamic systems and controls at the University of Texas at Austin as part of NASCENT (NAnomanufacturing Systems CENTer). His research is focused on optimization of semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Remo Storni / Engineering

Remo has 15+ years of experience building data and ML products in both the b2b and b2c, most recently he was at Apple where he focused on cutting-edge computer vision, ML model execution profiling and optimization (memory, latency, disk footprint). Specializes in on-device machine learning inference, with a strong focus on memory and CPU-aware coding and optimization.

What draws Remo to Adapter is a blend of perfect timing and the concentration of exceptional talent. He is particularly inspired by the remarkable individuals who have rallied around this mission, fueled by a shared vision and optimism that propels the team forward, one incremental step at a time.

Robert Ball / Advisor

Robert has been at the intersection of privacy, data and law and policy for many years. Most recently at Ionic Security with Adam Ghetti but prior to that an early pre-IPO -> IPO executive at Akamai.

The potential of AI is matched by the risks it poses, which makes the Adapter mission all the more critical.

Will Staples / Advisor

Will writes movies, television, video games, VR, and books. His work in film includes the Mission Impossible franchise for Tom Cruise and Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, among many others. In television, he created The Right Stuff on Disney+ and has worked on Jack Ryan and Shooter. In games, he has worked on Call of Duty, Need for Speed, and Rainbow Six. His debut novel, Animals, was endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Will is devoted father, an avid rock climber, ardent explorer, an active elected member of the Magic Castle, and has working background in applied mathematics prior to his ascent in writing.

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.”

- Lao Tzu (6th century BCE)

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