Kai Yen

Accelerate Executive-in-Residence

Kai is a tenacious learner and builder with experience at small startups, large corporations, and everything in between. A serial entrepreneur, he expertly employs creative uses of technologies and platforms to pilot ideas, test hypotheses, and solve customer pains. As Accelerate Executive-in-Residence, he mentors teams through acquiring early customers and iterating on prototypes, as they sprint towards product-market fit and develop self-sufficiency.

Before joining Mach49, Kai was Co-Founder and CTO of 3 venture-backed startups. He was not only a leader, but a hands-on engineer at Radius, a mobile app for location discovery; Opus, a chat-based training platform; and Scoutbound, an AI-based automated outreach platform.

He also built Purple Squirrel — a two-sided marketplace that evolved into machine learning-based sales automation tools — and designed a platform that used natural language processing and machine learning to teach English over WhatsApp. Earlier in his career, Kai served as CTO and Managing Director, New York for JWT INSIDE, where he worked with clients including Comcast, Macy’s, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to create world-class recruitment and employee communications programs. 

He holds a BS in business administration from the University of California, Riverside.

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