Ian Clarke is a Computer Scientist and Entrepreneur, with a track record of both technical and business innovation, and an outspoken thinker and activist on issues relating to freedom of speech, intellectual property law, and technology.
Ian is best known as the founder and coordinator of the Freenet Project; designed to allow true freedom of communication, Freenet was the first decentralized anonymous peer-to-peer network, and a precursor of the “distributed hashtable” data structure. Ian has also founded a number of innovative and diverse commercial ventures, including Revver, the first online video website to share revenue with video creators, Thoof, a collaboratively generated personalized news website, and SenseArray, a powerful machine learning engine.
As CTO of OneSpot, Ian recruited and managed a world-class team of software engineers and data scientists. Together with his team, Ian employed state-of-the-art machine learning, control theory, and other advanced techniques to architect a sophisticated and scalable realtime bidding engine, capable of processing tens of thousands of auctions per second. Here is a lecture in which Ian describes his work at OneSpot in detail. Ian switched from a full-time to an advisory role at OneSpot in July 2015.
Ian is now working on a new startup in the consumer financial technology space called Stacks, which uses machine learning to help people make smarter financial decisions.
Ian grew up in County Meath, Ireland, attended university in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has lived in Austin, Texas since 2007. He has also lived and worked in London, England, and Los Angeles, California. Ian has both Irish and US citizenship.
In his spare time Ian enjoys walking, swimming, playing the piano, building, flying, and occasionally crashing radio controlled helicopters, and working on various open source projects.