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Dr. Kenneth Haase [vitae] [homepage]
founded beingmeta to bring to market his academic work on knowledge description and natural language processing. Dr. Haase comes to beingmeta from his position as an associate professor at the MIT Media Laboratory. During his career, which included earning his PhD in computer science (under Professors Marvin Minsky and Thomas Kuhn) from MIT, Dr. Haase has consulted in IT, manufacturing, and finance sectors. Dr. Haase has lived and worked in Europe, gaining experience in the value of collaboration and cooperation across languages, cultures, and points of view. Most recently, Dr. Haase served as the acting director of Media Lab Europe, in Dublin, Ireland, where he was invited to strengthen and focus the lab's research activity. Dr. Haase has also had involvement with some XML standardization efforts and was particularly responsible for the addition of conceptual markup to the NITF (News Industry Text Format) wire standard.
David Tames
serves as beingmeta's metadata evangelist and product manager. Prior to joining beingmeta, David founded Innovation Catalyst Partners, a consulting firm helping clients bridge the chasm between new technology and the marketplace. Prior to Innovation Catalyst he was Design Lead at the Viant Innovation Center, developing prototypes and exploring the opportunities of network-enabled customer experiences for clients including Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Universal Music. David also served as Viant's liaison to the MIT Media Laboratory. Prior to Viant he worked at Cineric, a leading film post-production and restoration firm in New York. David has played many roles over the years: management consultant, director of marketing, experience designer, software developer, cinematographer, technology strategist, project manager, and hypermedia specialist. He has held these positions at companies ranging from startups to fortune 500 firms including Apple Computer. David holds a B.S. in Computer & Cognitive Sciences and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Florida and earned his M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.

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Stephen Lewin-Berlin
is on beingmeta's board of directors and plays an active role in directing the company's strategy. Steve is currently President and CEO of Cephos Corporation, a Boston-area startup that is commercializing brain imaging techniques for use in the legal community. With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Steve has held key roles in several successful startups. As founder and president of Vireo Software, he guided the company from inception until it was acquired by Compuware Corporation in 1998. Subsequently, Steve served as both Chief Operating Officer and VP of Engineering at Lumigent Technologies, a company providing database auditing tools for security and privacy compliance. Prior to his entrepreneurial work, Steve conducted research into operating systems and networks at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT. Steve received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Pattie Maes
serves on beingmeta's board of advisors, where she provides both scientific and technical direction to the company. Pattie Maes is an associate professor in MIT's Program in Media Arts and Sciences and has extensive entrepreneurial experience. Her company "Agents, Inc.," creator of the Firefly product, was acquired by Microsoft and she currently serves on the board of numerous ventures. Maes is the editor of three books, and is an editorial board member and reviewer for numerous professional journals and conferences. She has received several awards: Newsweek magazine named her one of the "100 Americans to watch for" in the year 2000; TIME Digital selected her as a member of the Cyber-Elite, the top 50 technological pioneers of the high-tech world; the World Economic Forum honored her with the title "Global Leader for Tomorrow"; Ars Electronica awarded her the 1995 World Wide Web category prize; and in 2000 she was recognized with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council.
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