In 2012, a group of unique people with a genuine love of gadgets (like drones), movies (like Star Wars) and television (like Blacklist) got together to form KSI. We wanted to create a company that could make video and sensor data from robots and drones cool. We wanted to make our software usable by geeks and non-geeks alike. If a product isn't a breakthrough, cool, and usable by someone who isn’t a geek, then it won't be made by KSI.
The people of KSI consist of programmers, engineers, computer and video experts, designers, mathematicians, dreamers, kite surfers (notice our logo?), musicians, marketing types and even normal people (gotta have a non-geek or two). We also share a common love of science fiction, movies and music. We are the ones who wait in line (with our kids) to see the 3 a.m. showing of the Dark Knight Rises at the Sony Metreon in San Francisco.
KSI isn’t our first dance. We are experienced entrepreneurs. Before we founded KSI, many of our programmers, engineers and designers spent the last 10-15 years creating ground-breaking video technology at other companies (some of which we founded). We created some pretty fun things (like digital asset management systems used for film and television production) and some really hard things (like drone video/data management and processing systems for the military). You've seen our inventions and hard work used by major television networks (ever watched Law and Order, X-Files or NYPD Blue?) and in major feature films (like Star Wars Episode I, II, and III), and if you were in the military and watched any drone video, chances are that was us too.
The people of KSI are unique, and fairly well-equipped in the brain power department, so there is never a lack of ideas, passion, or excitement. Our next big product is MissionKeeper, which promises unprecedented video search, analytics and story telling power, all in the cloud. What comes after that? Well, we could tell you, but then....well, you know the rest! The ability to release more products faster is very important to us because we are just as impatient as you when it comes to getting our hands on the latest, greatest inventions, so stay tuned.
Jason Barton has nearly two decades of experience developing cutting-edge digital workflow and secure asset management solutions for entertainment and defense applications. While working at Lucasfilm, Barton developed a revolutionary digital workflow and asset management system used in the production of Star Wars prequels, the first films ever shot with digital cameras. In 2001, Barton founded and led his first start-up, EchoStorm, which pioneered UAV video search and distribution solutions for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security, eventually selling the company to ITT Space Systems in December 2010.
Jon Gaster is a long-time entrepreneur. After working with the British Film Commission he founded Columbus Entertainment, which created the industry standard system for the management of TV production. Gaster sold Columbus Entertainment in 2001 and has since held several board positions and executed consulting assignments in the entertainment, defense, insurance and sustainability sectors. Prior to founding Columbus Entertainment, Gaster spent 10 years at IBM in sales and marketing. He was responsible for key relationships with some of Europe’s leading financial institutions. Gaster holds a degree from the London School of Economics.
Michael Heard is a graduate of Texas Christian University and CPA who joined Twentieth Century Fox in 1994. He quickly rose to become Vice President, Finance, managing $700MM in annual spend. In that role, Heard oversaw all of the studio’s talent deals with producers, directors, actors and writers and managed the studio's Broadway business. He built and supervised a core team of IT talent that re-engineered the models that forecasted movie and TV participation and profit calculations. Following that, Heard served as the physical production executive on Fantastic Four, X-Men 3, Eragon, Jumper, In Time, Darkest Hour and Glee – The 3D Concert Movie. He then left the studio and helped produce Season 1 of Marco Polo for Netflix as well as serving as the Finance Executive for Rovio on The Angry Birds Movie.
Yiek-lee Lim has over 20 years of working experience in international accounting firms, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Ernst & Young (EY). Yiek-lee is a professional accountant (Fellow of the Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA)) and was trained in accounting, corporate tax compliance and advisory work before she specialized in international tax planning and strategies. Prior to her appointment as CFO of KSI Data Sciences Inc., Yiek-lee was a director in EY who advised clients on cross-border tax planning for inbound and outbound investments, mergers and acquisitions, tax efficient financing structures and deal structuring, international tax efficient group restructuring, initial public offers and takeovers.
Cort Fritz has over 22 years of software architecture, engineering and management experience. Currently, Fritz works in Seattle as a Principle Program Manager on the Xbox team. Prior to Microsoft, Fritz was with the Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles where he was responsible for operations, program management, eDiscovery, data analysis and prototyping. Fritz has also been a strategy consultant to media companies worldwide, including Viacom, Walt Disney Studios, Showtime, Time Warner, Telecom Italia and Network 9 Australia. Previously, he served as Vice President of Data Systems for Launch.com, an online radio service acquired by Yahoo.