CEO and Founder
Leslie Spring founded Cognitive Code in 2007 and is the inventor and architect of Cognitive Code’s SILVIA Platform. Prior to founding Cognitive Code, Leslie worked for companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney, and Sony to head up software development teams building graphics systems, 3D game engines, and custom software developer tools. For his work at Sony, Leslie has several patents in content management systems and media services architectures. More recently Leslie has patents issued and pending for his groundbreaking work in conversational intelligence at Cognitive Code. Leslie is responsible for driving Cognitive Code’s vision of the SILVIA conversational AI technology into the present and future of computing applications.
President and Co-Founder
Mimi has been with the company since its inception in 2007 and is involved with business development and other strategic relationships. Previously, she worked as a broadcaster for various media entities, including CBS, NBC, Viacom., Clear Channel, Cumulus, Bonneville, and Metromedia in programming, news as an anchor/ journalist and as a radio talk show host. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors in the 1980’s for AFTRA in San Francisco. Mimi graduated with a BA in History from Princeton University and a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Chief Administrative Officer and Co-Founder
As Chief Administrative Officer, John brings more than 30 years of financial and strategic experience to Cognitive Code. He concentrates his efforts on the day-to-day operations, continued operational improvements, and strategic growth of this organization. His entrepreneurial background is ideal in helping to improve efficiency in company initiatives. He also brings deep experience in Consumer Electronics having spearheaded initiatives in sales and marketing within the supply chain. John attended Princeton University with a major in economics.
Principal Investor & Chief Marketing Officer
Dan O’Shea is a Principal Investor and Chief Marketing Officer at Cognitive Code. A serial entrepreneur, Dan has long been involved in the development and growth of several successful privately held companies. Beginning in 2002 and up until this present day, he has overseen the launch of a multitude of e-commerce properties spanning a broad spectrum of Internet and technology-related businesses. He has a proven track record of creating and growing businesses in disruptive markets, including Channel Mark Ventures. A venture capital investment company that also provides entrepreneurs with access to deep expertise and insights in digital innovation, business development, market intelligence, executive and technical talent, marketing and brand building.
Chief Product Officer
Alex Mayberry joined Cognitive Code in 2015. As Chief Product Officer, Alex is responsible for developing overall product strategy and leading the evolution of the SILVIA technology towards the company’s vision. Alex is a proven executive and leader in go-to-market planning and execution, product design development within the technology and video gaming industry. Prior to joining Cognitive Code, Alex spent nearly a decade at Blizzard Entertainment, where he was Senior Producer on three World of Warcraft expansions – The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm, as well as Lead Producer of the Diablo 3 franchise. Before joining Blizzard, he was the Executive Producer of the America’s Army project, and the Creative Director of the MOVES Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Alex was also employed as a Creative Director for Electronic Arts, where he worked on James Bond: The World is not Enough, and Kalisto USA where he helped develop new intellectual properties. Most recently, he served as the Executive Producer of Star Citizen for Cloud Imperium Games. In his twenty years in the video game industry, the products that Alex has worked on have been experienced by more than 150 million people world-wide, with sales totaling in the billions of dollars.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Brian Garr is responsible for Cognitive Code’s global revenue, sales, enterprise and overall business development. Prior to joining Cognitive Code, Brian was co-founder and CEO of LinguaSys, an AI company sold to Aspect Software in 2015. Brian was CTO of Globalink (an MT company) from 1995-1998 when Globalink was sold to L&H. Brian then went to IBM and started the MT business segment for IBM’s Software Group. He also managed IBM’s Speech Recognition Group. Brian has been an advocate and frequent speaker on MT and Speech Reco all over the world. In 1998 he was awarded the Smithsonian Institutes’ “Heroes in Technology” award for his work in Machine Translation. Brian was also a contributing author to the recently published Where Humans Meet Machines: Innovative Solutions for Knotty Natural-Language Problems, edited by Amy Neustein and Judith A. Markowitz (Jun 30, 2013).
With more than 30 years as a leading practicing attorney, Sal is responsible for Cognitive Code’s legal, intellectual property, corporate governance and regulatory activities across the company’s expanding operations. He has extensive experience assisting technology, Internet, and sports and entertainment industry clients with complex licensing issues, general contract issues, and corporate work. Additionally, DiFazio’s diverse legal background also includes having become a certified agent of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL) where he has represented some of the most highly recognized names in sports in the negotiations of their contract and licensing deals.