David Karandish, Founder & CEO, Ai Software
David Karandish is the Cofounder and Chairman of Equity.com and Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Ai Software. Equity.com is an incubator focused on investing in, building and growing high performing, technology enabled businesses. Ai Software is an enterprise artificial intelligence company focused on making all company intelligence accessible in the simplest possible way (think Siri for the workplace). Ai Software is the first for-profit business incubated out of Equity.com. In addition to Ai Software, Equity led the Series A round in Varsity Tutors (an on-demand, realtime learning platform in the ed tech space) and helped incubate Create a Loop (non profit computer science education meets the digital divide). David is on the Board of Directors of both companies. Prior to starting Equity, David was the CEO of Answers Corporation. David and Chris Sims started the parent company of Answers in 2006 and sold the company to a private equity firm in 2014 for north of $900m. Prior to Answers, David was the CEO of Expo Group, an online resource in the consumer financial services industry. He also has served as a consultant at MonsterCommerce a subsidiary of Network Solutions, where he built it's paid advertising management system. While in college, David embarked on several personal projects, including the invention of AIM Talk, a text-to-voice program for AOL's Instant Messenger. In addition, he was the youngest contestant on NBC's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart television show. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a second major in entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Gateway chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. David lives in St. Louis with his wife, Erin and four kids. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing ukulele.