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Leon Katsnelson

Leon Katsnelson is Director and CTO, Analytic Platform Emerging Technologies at IBM.

He is a serial Intrapreneur with a number of very successful projects to his credit. His responsibility is to push frontiers of technology to create next generation products in the area of Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Science. A technologist at heart, Leon focuses on value creation using technology rather than technology itself. He is a relentless pursuer of product and market fit and values these above all else. As a Definite Optimist (concept by Peter Thiel), Leon believes in envisioning the future, and, since vision without a plan is a hallucination, he likes to map out a path to achieving the goal. He is motivated by grand visions, hugely ambitious goals and barely possible challenges. The bigger the challenge the stronger the drive.

Leon prefers small purpose-driven teams and believes that building the right team is even more important than building the right product. He is honored to have assembled and lead what he considers to be the best team in the industry. Young, smart and united by a common purpose, Leon and his team have demonstrated their ability to overcome the toughest obstacles and go toe-to-toe with the best venture funded startups.

Leon also advises a number of promising startups which he enjoys as it helps him apply his experience towards helping the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Specialties: Database systems, Big Data, Data Science and Cloud Computing.

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