Danielle Deibler, Co-Founder and CEO at Marvelous.ai has over 25 years in the Internet infrastructure, security, networking, interactive technology, machine learning and AI technologies. Her primary area of focus in the last 20 years has been building scalable real time interactive platforms. Deibler has held senior leadership positions in software development, engineering, business development and product management for KIXEYE, Adobe, DIGEX, and UltraDNS.
Deck 7: Could you start by telling us about your journey so far? How did the idea of Marvelous.ai come about?
DANIELLE DIEBLER: My journey in tech has spanned many industries. I started in the early ’90s at one of the first ISPs in the United States. That job was foundational for my leadership style. It was such a hodge-podge of smart and qualified people. And it was just people, the industry was so new that gender, race, religion, sexual orientation never were issues. It inspired me to want to build that type of an environment in future workplaces. I’ve worked in infrastructure, telecom, software engineering, video games, the financial services compliance space and probably a few other things I am forgetting right now.
Marvelous came about after the 2016 United States presidential election. Me and my co-founders Olya Gurevich and Christopher Walker really wanted to work on something that utilized our skills and had more of a social mission. We looked at the misinformation landscape and really saw a need for something that could provide real-time information instead of look-back studies around the misinformation space. We wanted to be able to provide transparency regarding the extent to which open societies are vulnerable to cognitive terrorism, in the form of disinformation, spin, polarization, and decreasing trust in public institutions.
D7: Having spent several years in the tech world, how has been your experience as a woman?
DD: I had a great first job in tech. A wonderful, inclusive, and sometimes crazy team of people that helped reinforce the confidence that my young single mother instilled in me. That great experience reinforced my love for technology and gave me the confidence to believe I could pretty much do anything. I’ve always been pretty extroverted, and I started my career on the Internet networking side of things. I saw my love of human connection in the inner workings of Internet tech. That foundational experience gave me the ability to adapt to a huge range of industries from networking to software development to games/content to what I am doing now with natural language processing and narrative detection in online media. Having said that my experiences have been varied and many of the more negative ones have been because of my socially assigned gender role. I’ve been sexually assaulted at work functions. As a CEO I’ve had a difficult time raising cash for some of the start-ups I have led. Sadly, I have probably had a lot of the same experience that other women have had, you get talked over in meetings, you need a man to buoy your recommendation for it to pass, you get one chance to screw up and a man in the same position gets three chances.