About | Kasisto

Empowering Conversations

We’re on a mission to help companies attract, engage and transact with their customers through intelligent conversations, anytime, anywhere.

KAI, our conversational AI platform, powers bots and virtual assistants on messaging, mobile, web, and IoT devices. The world’s most innovative financial institutions license KAI to create intelligent conversations that fulfill requests, solve problems, and predict needs for their customers.

Executive Team

Zor Gorelov

CEO and Co-Founder

Bio

Zor has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He was the co-founder and CEO of SpeechCycle, a market leader in cloud-based contact center optimization solutions for the telco market. SpeechCycle was acquired by Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR). Before that, Zor founded and ran BuzzCompany.com, a provider of enterprise collaboration and messaging software, which was acquired by Multex.com (MLTX).

Sasha Caskey

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Bio

Sasha is a software engineer and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience inventing and transitioning breakthrough technology into applications and products. Before founding Kasisto, Sasha was a member of the IBM TJ Watson research team responsible for real time translation technology and conversational architecture for cars and mobile devices.

Dror Oren

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder

Bio

Dror has over 10 years of experience in software engineering, marketing and product management. Prior to Kasisto, Dror was an executive director in the SRI Ventures team at SRI International, where he focused on commercialization of technologies in information and computer sciences and helped spin out companies such as Tempo.ai, and Desti.

Ruth Brown

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Bio

Ruth has been building software start-ups for more than 30 years. She co-founded and was president of SpeechCycle, market leader in cloud-based contact center optimization solutions for the telco market, acquired by Synchronoss Technologies. Previously she was COO at BuzzCompany.com, provider of enterprise collaboration and messaging software, acquired by Multex.com, and was a founder of Software Corp. of America, provider of enterprise reporting and analysis software.

Kiran Narsu

Chief Revenue Officer

Bio

Kiran has more 20 years of experience working with global financial institutions – selling and deploying products and solutions built with leading-edge technology. He was SVP of Sales at Digital Reasoning, a cognitive computing company with AI-based products to manage risk and compliance. He also brings valuable experience from Pegasystems, and Oracle where he drove the growth for OFSAA, a cornerstone of Oracle’s financial services go-to-market strategy. His success at Oracle started as an early executive at i-flex, an Oracle acquisition, and creator of compliance, risk management, and financial performance analytical apps.

George Trad

VP Solutions

Bio

George started his career at Accenture and has many years of experience in developing digital transformation strategies and managing implementations of complex technology solutions for some of the top banks in the world including Bank of America, UBS, Sun Trust and others. Prior to joining Kasisto, he was at Emirates NBD where he was responsible for the development of the business case for Liv – UAE’s first mobile only digital bank. At Liv, George defined solution requirements, evaluated and selected strategic technology and fintech partners, shaped the product roadmap, and managed overall program delivery.

Our Investors

Kasisto is backed by and works with the most innovative banks in
North America and Asia, who believe in the power of Conversational AI.

Our Board

Zor Gorelov

Kasisto, CEO

Bio

Zor has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. He was the co-founder and CEO of SpeechCycle, a market leader in cloud-based contact center optimization solutions for the telco market. SpeechCycle was acquired by Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR). Before that, Zor founded and ran BuzzCompany.com, a provider of enterprise collaboration and messaging software, which was acquired by Multex.com (MLTX).

William S. Marks

SRI International, VP Information and Computing Sciences

Bio

Bill leads SRI’s 250 researchers in four laboratories creating new technology in virtual personal assistance, computer vision, machine learning, information security, and speech. In addition to leading-edge research, the group has a strong focus on commercializing technology, licensing technology to corporations and creating spin-off companies such as Siri, Tempo, Kasisto, Trap.it, and Desti. Prior to joining SRI, Bill headed the System Technology Group at National Semiconductor, focused on system-level design and implementation of the silicon-based systems of the future.

Jeff Seltzer

Pierce Yates Ventures, Managing Partner

Bio

Jeff has over 30 years of experience developing new businesses and products across the capital markets as well as advising entrepreneurs, corporations and government. He was a Managing Director and one of the founders of the Financial Products Group at Lehman Brothers and then moved to CIBC World Markets where he became Deputy Chairman of its U.S. investment bank. He then became Chief Operating Officer of Adirondack Trading Partners (the corporate founder of the International Securities Exchange). He is a board member of the New York Angels, the chairman of the Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation and, at the University of Pennsylvania, he is a member of the Board of Overseers of the University Libraries, the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business and the Advisory Board of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative.

Thomas Whiteaker

Propel Venture Partners, Partner

Bio

Tom is a financial services veteran with a combination of operational and venture investing experience across the entire industry spectrum. After business school at Thunderbird, he co-founded the international division for Accent Service, one of the largest American collection agencies, and built new business units in Mexico City, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. The work led him to the world of global payments and a career transition to Visa, where he spent eight years in Visa’s venture capital program, focusing on investments in ecommerce, security, and authentication. Tom left Visa as the interim head of ventures and started a new chapter in his career in the insurance industry when he joined The Hartford in 2008. At The Hartford, Tom reestablished Hartford Ventures as the leading corporate venture program in the insurance industry while also managing a diverse portfolio of investments through the financial crisis. 

Our Advisory Board

Steve Chambers

CEO at Jibo, Inc.

Bio

Steve is a highly experienced business executive who has excelled at the intersection of high-touch, high-experience consumer technologies for much of his career. Steve successfully brought numerous cutting edge products to the world that enable people to communicate, retrieve and share information, in ways not possible before.

Cristóbal Conde

Senior Financial Services Executive

Bio

Cristobal is an active investor in early-stage companies, and a senior member of the Partnership for NYC’s FinTech incubator for software companies. His current investments include True Office, where he serves as executive chairman, Calastone, where he serves as chairman, Centripetal Networks, where he is a board member, and Digital Reasoning, where he is a board member.

Sandeep Lal

Managing Director at DBS Bank

Bio

Sandeep heads the Digital Bank and Payments for the Consumer Bank at DBS. He worked with PayPal from 2000 to 2008 in the U.S. and was part of the team that took the company public. His responsibilities included International Business Head and Regional Head for Asia. Prior to that, he worked with Citibank for 17 years in Singapore, New York, Japan and India with the Technology and Operations organization in the Trading, Consumer & Corporate Business.

Tom McCabe

Managing Director at DBS Bank

Bio

Tom McCabe is the US Country Head for DBS bank, previously working in Asia for 18 years managing retail, corporate, and institutional businesses across Asia, U.S. and Europe.

Tom carries deep business experience in financial services and consumer goods, with specific expertise in market entry strategies for key Asian markets, including China and India.  In addition to his executive roles, Tom’s board experience includes roles as the Chairman of the Board of AXS Pte Ltd, (an Electronic Service Delivery Network), he served as a Non-Executive Director of Travelex Holdings Ltd, (a Global Foreign Exchange Payments Company), and a Non-Executive Director of Merchant Solutions Pte Ltd, (an International electronic commerce and payments company).  In 2006 he was invited to join the Global Advisory Board of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

David Lynch

CEO at CPT Global, Australia and Asia

Bio

In April 2016, David joined CPT Global having worked as one of the leading CIO’s in the region. Most recently, he led the digital transformation strategy and execution for DBS Bank in Hong Kong and Mainland China. David also established Hong Kong’s first dedicated fintech startup accelerator in 2015 in partnership and with technology giants, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung.

Ken Moore

EVP & Head of Mastercard Labs

Bio

Ken has 20+ years’ experience in International Financial Services across retail and corporate banking. Working for some of the world’s leading financial services companies Ken has lived and worked in over 15 countries and held executive leadership roles in Product Management, Technology Delivery, Strategy and Business Development.

In 2016 Ken joined Mastercard as EVP, Head of Mastercard Labs. In this role Ken is responsible for leading Mastercard’s R&D initiatives globally where he will look to further MasterCard’s leadership in innovation, monetize its innovation capabilities and leverage them to win core business and to drive new product development activities.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Ken was a Director at Citibank, where he established Citi’s First Innovation Lab and subsequently rolled this model out globally to create a network of collaborative innovation centres across Citibank.

Roberto Pieraccini

Director of Adv Conversational Technology at Jibo, Inc.

Bio

Roberto is a technology expert in the fields of speech recognition, natural language, dialog, and human-machine interaction. He worked as a researcher at CSELT (Torino, Italy), Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill, NJ), AT&T Shannon Laboratories (Florham Park, NJ), SpeechWorks International (now Nuance), and IBM T.J. Watson Research (Yorktown Heights, NY).

David Walker

Executive Director at DBS Bank

Bio

An Asian Regional Executive, David has spent close to 30 years in technology, as a specialist in the Banking and Finance sector with a passion for lifting the customer experience through innovation. He is knowledgeable and experienced in Banking Technology, Strategy, Enterprise Architecture, Delivery, Data Analytics, Transformation Programs, Innovation and Digital Banking.

Norman Winarsky

Past President at SRI International Ventures

Bio

Norman is Past President of SRI Ventures at SRI International. He was the originator and leader of SRI’s venture strategy and process, resulting in over 70 ventures worth over $20B, including companies such as Nuance, Intuitive Surgical, and Siri. Norman personally helped found over 30 ventures, and has been a board member or board advisor to many of these companies. He was co-founder and board member of Siri, which was spun out from SRI in January 2008, and acquired by Apple in April 2010.