John has spent his career designing systems from a blank whiteboard, often finding new solutions in existing spaces to create breakthroughs in performance, scale, and reliability.
In 2009, John co-founded Pure Storage, a company that leveraged a technology transition from hard drives to flash storage to completely re-imagine cloud and data center storage. By coupling flash with purpose-built software, John helped deliver storage systems that operate at new levels of reliability and performance, handling some of today’s most mission-critical banking infrastructure and driving innovation in cancer research, genomics, AI, and beyond. Pure’s
game-changing reliability, performance, and simplicity enabled it to become one of the fastest-growing enterprise technologies of all time, going public (PSTG) in 2015.
John previously worked in the office of the CTO at Yahoo and was a founding engineer at Bix. He studied Computer Science and Systems Engineering at University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
His favorite car is an Aston Martin DB10.
Volkmar is an accomplished computer scientist who has a passion for leveraging artificial intelligence in secure, real-time computing systems, which he has applied to disciplines ranging from mobile computing to high-frequency trading to digital media.
Volkmar architected the L4 Pistachio microkernel, which protects the biometric data of billions of Apple and Android users around the globe.
As co-founder and CTO at Adello and architect at Teza Technologies, he created artificial intelligence systems for real-time applications in finance and digital media.
Volkmar began his career at IBM Watson Research and earned his PhD in Computer Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.
His favorite car is an Audi RS 6.
We're dedicated to bringing safety and freedom to consumer cars at scale.
Self-driving is widely recognized as one of the most complex, multi-disciplinary challenges in computer science. We have assembled a team with the technical talent and track record to combine high reliability with breakthrough artificial intelligence for the automotive industry, finally making safe self-driving possible for mainstream cars.
At Ghost we are inventing new ways to capture the world in motion. With our experiences developing high-resolution radar for aerospace and defense and optimizing cameras and image processing for the iPhone, we are pioneering new AI-driven perception models to reliably capture distance, velocity, and motion direction in real time.
“I am super excited about developing truly novel ways to perceive the world by combining high-resolution radar and HD camera data together.”
“We are architecting camera solutions for consumer-grade sensors that maximize the capabilities of artificial intelligence on the road.”
“Using state-of-the-art machine learning, computer vision and math, we are taking scene perception in self-driving beyond traditional object recognition to a deeper level.”
At Ghost, artificial intelligence is the engine that drives everything we do on the road, running hundreds of models every second across perception, driving decisions and car controls to get you where you’re going safely. Our team has proven experience implementing real-time artificial intelligence applications in the real world, ranging from high-frequency trading to real-time bidding platforms.
"While other work in artificial intelligence ends in theory or abstractions, at Ghost it’s really fulfilling to see the models we build actually driving a car in the real world."
“What's exciting is that we can use even the simplest models to solve the problems that seem the most complicated."
Nowhere is real-time reliability more important than in a car going 75 MPH. Drawing on expertise in real-time systems and runtime design from cloud and data center storage, our platform has been engineered to protect against hardware or software failure with multiple layers of resiliency and redundancy. Ghost is the first to bring a formally verified runtime to the car to ensure bug-free execution, a process typically reserved for safety-critical applications in commercial aviation, defense, and space exploration.
"Ghost puts safety and security above all else. By working here I hope to bring about a future where not self-driving is like driving without a seat belt – dangerous and rare.”
“I have observed a purity of development at Ghost that has transformed how I think about software. Our commitment to safety and correctness is illuminating and inspiring.”
Combining consumer scale and innovation with enterprise-grade reliability, our team develops hardware in-house from concept to production, ranging from cameras, sensors, and compute to the vehicle drive system.
“It’s exciting to design something in self-driving with a clear path to scale, using proven components that are ideally suited to make this transformative technology broadly available.”
“We are committed to mitigating every single point of failure associated with autonomous driving by developing redundant and robust hardware equipped with our own technology.”
“All of my previous work has been designing boring sheet metal boxes to go into data centers. It’s been so much fun applying that experience to the car and learning a ton in the process.”
Ghost is redefining the relationship between car and driver, pioneering a new paradigm for the in-vehicle experience. Drawing on our past experiences from designing personal devices to AI assistants, we are creating an experience that feels familiar, natural, and human.
“Making our driving interface as simple and obvious as possible has been the most complex but rewarding project I’ve ever worked on.”
“It’s really exciting to bring the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence to change the nature of driving. It enables us to get deeply in-sync with the user to the point where the product feels like an extension of yourself.”
At Ghost, safety is the foundation for everything we do. We are committed to engaging with policymakers and industry partners to share how our technology advances safety beyond the state of the art.
“Ghost technology is destined to be a game changer for motor vehicle safety, perhaps even challenging or surpassing the seat belt as the most important safety measure in motor vehicle history.”
The Ghost Autonomy Engine enables automakers and tier 1 suppliers to equip every car they ship with fully customizable, deeply integrated, attention-free self-driving. Our team is here to support OEMs through every stage of the product lifecycle and to ensure that partner feedback is incorporated upstream into our design and development process.
“We offer OEMs a flexible partnership where we bring our software and neural network expertise to supplement their deep automotive knowledge base.”
“Our partners help Ghost build a better product. We incorporate feedback into all elements of our design so that we can move faster together.”
At Ghost, we are not just building a product, but also a company. From recruiting, to facilities, to finance, our operations team is building Ghost to scale and to last.
“Starting at Ghost, people know they are joining a world-class team. But what surprises a lot of people – myself included – is how much fun they have on that team!”
“At Ghost there is room to grow in every direction. This has been a great place to start my career, with opportunities to develop a wide variety of skills across management, recruiting and marketing.”