Kai Yen

Executive-in-Residence, Accelerate

Kai is an obsessive learner and builder with experience in small startups and large corporations. A serial entrepreneur, he discovers creative uses of technology and platforms to pilot ideas, test hypotheses, and solve customer pain. As a Mach49 Accelerate Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Accelerate, Kai builds and mentors teams that acquire early customers and iterate on prototypes as they sprint towards product market-fit. He helps teams build new skills and repeatable processes that make them self-sufficient product teams within their companies.

Before joining Mach49, Kai was the CTO and co-founder of three venture-backed startups: Radius (a mobile app for location discovery), Opus (a chat-based training platform), and Scoutbound (an AI-based automated email and ad-based outreach platform). He was a leader and hands-on engineer at each startup.

Prior to his startup journey, Kai built Purple Squirrel, a two-sided marketplace that evolved into machine learning-based sales automation tools. He also built a platform that used natural language processing and machine learning to teach English over WhatsApp. Kai was CTO/Managing Director, NYC for JWT INSIDE, a recruitment marketing agency, where he worked with clients such as Comcast, Macys, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to create world-class recruitment and employee communications programs.

Kai has a BS in Business Administration from UC Riverside. When he’s not working closely with clients, Kai enjoys running and cooking.

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