Mark Montgomery is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Kyield. He is originator of the theorem ‘yield management of knowledge’, and inventor of the now patented AI system that serves as the foundation for Kyield: ‘Modular System for Optimizing Knowledge Yield in the Digital Workplace’, issued August 23, 2011.
Mark began training in software development in 1996 and network engineering in 1997, becoming proficient in object-oriented programming and several languages, then progressed to more advanced analytics, search, and artificial intelligence. He designed, built, and operated a data center, knowledge systems (KS) lab, and multiple networks from scratch, operating 24x7x365 for several years at exceptionally high performance levels. Kyield was first concieved by Mark in his KS/AI lab in 1997 where he tested Google's search algorithm and argued for their investment.
Mr. Montgomery was formerly an entrepreneur-turned business consultant who founded an early-stage venture firm. Among many companies he was an early stage booster for include Microsoft, Starbucks, Skype, and Google (not as VC). He has worked with many leading scholars and universities, including as invited panelist in national tech transfer conferences, Stanford venture conferences, ASU entrepreneur association, and Thunderbird School of Global Management where he attended a 12 week international MBA program, received certification as a global business leader and served as business plan judge for multiple years.
Mark was a frequent visitor and invited guest at the Santa Fe Institute from 2009-2016. His articles have been published in books, journals, Wired, and Computerworld. Mark can be reached at markm at kyield dot com and can be followed at his Blog, Cognitive World, Twitter, LinkedIn, or YouTube.
Vice-Admiral James P. "Phil" Wisecup (Ret.) is a member of the Kyield board of directors.
Phil graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977. In 2008 he became the 52nd President of the US Naval War College and left active duty in 2013 as the Inspector General of the US Navy having successfully completed 36 years of active service and three operational commands at sea, including the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group. He was also Director of the White House situation room, served at NATO Headquarters during Kosovo operations, and in Seoul Korea as Commander of US Naval forces. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, as well as a variety of unit and personal awards, including the Cheonsu Medal from the President of the Republic of Korea for exceptional service. He was awarded the Vice Admiral James Stockdale award for inspirational leadership, which is a peer award.
Phil has Masters Degrees from the University of Strasbourg France, and University of Southern California. Phil recently completed three years as Director, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group, where he received the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award for leading innovative research on future deployment patterns, Navy talent management, human/machine teaming and artificial intelligence.
Phil is currently the Interim Vice Chancellor for Strategy and Strategic Engagement in the North Dakota University System in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Dr. Robert E. Neilson is special advisor to Kyield founder Mark Montgomery.
He was the Knowledge Management Advisor to the Army's Chief Knowledge Officer and Chief Information Officer. Formerly, he was the Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO), department chair and a professor at the Information Resources Management College (now iCollege), National Defense University. He has taught and lectured both in the U.S. and internationally including the Argentine War College, NATO Defense College, Italian Institute for Defense Studies, and in Asia and Australia. He has been a consultant with Computer Associates, DigitalNet, BAE, Brookings Institute, World Bank and federal agencies and has been a featured speaker at CIO and KM conferences domestically and internationally. Rob was named to the Federal 100 in 2010. He has been an adviser to Kyield on organizational issues, government operations, knowledge management and the role of the CKO.
His present interest is in conducting futuristic scenarios workshops for profit and non-profit organizations. Clients have ranged the gamut from established universities to food pantries. His futuristic scenarios have been featured in “The Futurist".
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