This week is my first week as CEO of Mostly AI.

Michael is handing over the CEO role to me and will continue to shape the long-term vision of Mostly AI as Chief Strategy Officer. I’m incredibly excited and humbled as I step into Michael’s footsteps in order to continue growing Mostly AI together with him and the two co-founders Klaudius and Roland.

They founded Mostly AI 3 years ago and were among the first to fully grasp the enormous potential that lies in utilizing generative AI for creating privacy-preserving structured synthetic data. 3 years ago this was just that: a visionary idea, unclear if technically possible. Today we know how powerful this is and how well it works – and it works really well! I know from first-hand experience how difficult it is to start a company and I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am by what these three pioneers of synthetic data have built since joining forces. Taking this company to the next level is an enormous responsibility and I’m truly thankful for the trust the founders and investors are putting in me.

It was in the fall of 2017, 2.5 years ago, when I spoke with Michael at a data science meetup, where he shared what they were building at Mostly AI for the first time. My initial reaction – and forgive me for I was a layman then – was: what’s wrong with traditional ways to anonymize data? But it only took Michael a minute to convince me of the shortcomings of classical ways of anonymizing data in the era of big data and I was shocked once I understood the problem. What I remember very vividly was the instant fascination for Michael’s vision. He was able to depict a future world where insights from a multitude of data sources could be fully leveraged while protecting the privacy of individuals.

From left to right: Tobias Hann with Roland Boubela, Michael Platzer and Klaudius Kalcher – the three co-founders of Mostly AI

I met Klaudius and Roland in 2018 and as the conversations got deeper, my desire to become a part of Mostly AI grew steadily. In May 2019 I started working for Mostly AI, first as an external consultant and soon thereafter as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. The last year has really flown by and it’s impossible to adequately recap the many highlights and accomplishments we have had at Mostly AI without going beyond the scope of this post. Let me just share that on a personal level it has been deeply satisfying and impactful. In my career of almost 15 years, I’ve held many different positions and worked for a variety of fantastic organizations. I don’t need to think for a second to say that the year at Mostly AI has been the most thrilling and fulfilling professional year for me so far.

My previous roles were always centered around starting new or building and growing businesses. I’ve either done this as a consultant, intrapreneur, or many years ago with my own start-up. It’s great to see how all these experiences have now put me in a sweet spot to help take Mostly AI to the next level. We have a multitude of things we are working on including feature upgrades to our core product Mostly GENERATE and the launch of our SaaS offering which I’m particularly excited about. We can’t wait to share all of this with the world in the months and years ahead.

I look very much forward to working for many more years with the outstanding and growing team at Mostly AI, our clients, partners, and investors on shaping the synthetic data revolution together. While times right now are challenging for everyone, it’s amazing to see how well we cope with the situation as a team and company.

Let’s do this together! #gosynthetic

Tobi

PS: I also look forward to writing on this blog more frequently. Watch out for posts about the business side of synthetic data, our company, and all things scaling a deep-tech start-up.