Jan Jannink worked at Toshiba R&D modeling network switches and at IBM research designing UI for database query browsers, before earning a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2001. Since 1998 he also has been involved in engineering at several notable internet startups including napster and imeem, which he founded in 2003. Most recently, he has been mentoring companies at StartX, sourcing first time entrepreneurs before they receive outside funding, and founding companies such as VoiceBase, Inc., a Big Voice startup first funded by the Band of Angels. Passionate about communication and problem solving, Jan speaks five languages more or less fluently, and collects and solves Rubik's cubes. Jan was fictionalized in the Barry Eisler novel "Requiem for an Assassin", and is a repeat master's world champion in synchronized diving.