While building Apple’s internal ML data management platform (SIGMOD ‘19), co-founders Yucheng, Ajit, and Rajat noticed that every team experienced the same challenges when experimenting with large scale data.
Seeing the opportunity to have wider impact across multiple industries, they founded XetData in October 2021 to approach the problem from a new direction. Our vision is to enable delightful collaboration on code and data at any scale.
CEO & Co-Founder
Yucheng was a co-founder and the Chief Architect at Turi, a ML startup acquired by Apple in 2016. At Apple, he worked on different parts of the ML platform stack ranging from storage to inference. His native language is C++, but Rust is rapidly becoming his new favorite. In his spare time, he bikes long distances and trains for triathlons. As of 2022 he still does not have a driving license.
Ajit is a co-founder at XetData. His two decades of engineering experience included stints at Inktomi, Amazon (where he was part of the founding EC2 team in 2006), Facebook, and Apple. He has an entrepreneurial habit, having founded two other startups prior to XetData, one of which was acquired by BlueKai/Oracle. When not hacking, Ajit can be found savoring fine cocktails in Seattle bars and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest (hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter).
Rajat is a co-founder at XetData. Rajat has spent most of his 20 years in industry building large scale distributed systems at Microsoft, AWS, and Apple. He joined Yucheng at Turi as the first employee, and has been building systems for ML ever since. At Apple, Rajat started and led the data platform team, presenting the group’s work at SIGMOD `19. At XetData, he wants to code more, but instead spends most of his time talking with customers and building cool demos. Outside of work, you'll find him spending time with his two small children, watching sports (NBA, NFL) or bad movies, or planning his next novice woodworking project.
Joe is a sofware engineer who has spent the past 8 years building distributed systems. He started his career at Yahoo, working on teams like Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Finance. He then joined Apple to work on the data management components for their machine learning platform. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, learning to cook new recipes, and finding uses for his 3D printer.
Ann is a product person with experience across computer science, robotics, business, and user-centered design. After a decade at Boeing working on everything from autopilot simulation to flight deck concepts, she joined Turi as a senior product designer prior to leading product for Apple's internal ML compute platform. Ann enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, cooking and consuming delicious food, and enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Hoyt studied physics, statistics, and machine learning before joining Turi in 2013 as an early employee to work on scalable machine learning solutions aimed at non-ML developers. After Turi was acquired by Apple, he worked on core ML libraries at Apple, including CoreML and CreateML. His main interests include optimization, algorithms, ML, and scalable data processing. At XetData Hoyt is often writing low-level Rust code in our git extension and looking for ways to squeeze out more performance. Outside of technical work, Hoyt enjoys backpacking, hiking, mixology, coffee, and artistic metalworking.
Zach is a software engineer with broad experience across UI/UX, web, compilers, and data analysis and visualization. Prior to XetData, he worked at Apple on system frameworks and at Turi on visualization. He likes mechanical keyboards, fountain pens, and playing chess.
Brian is a software engineer who has been working in technology for over two decades. He's a technical polymath, having worked on all layers of the stack and in all sorts of roles from silicon design to support to visual design. Over the years, he's designed and built award winning software applications for companies big and small. He would have a Webby if dark museum money hadn't organized a last-minute, nefarious smear campaign against his app, but he's not bitter at all. In his spare time, he enjoys doing improv, swimming in the ocean, and making up convoluted stories about why he hasn't won a Webby yet.