About Us

Grok: to understand profoundly and intuitively

­— Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

Groq

Groq was founded in 2016 and our name was officially trademarked in the same year.

If you’ve heard the rumor our inception started pool-side, you heard correctly! All those years ago, we were the first to go by Groq (more on that here) and were born with the vision of making AI accessible for all.

Groq is based in Mountain View, CA with Groqsters (what we call our teammates) worldwide. While we have brick-and-mortar locations, we’re everywhere from San Diego to Austin to New York City,  with concentrations of Groqsters in Silicon Valley, Toronto, Liberty Lake, and London.

To make the best technology, we hire the best people. At Groq, we’re proud of our talent density – the concentration of exceptional individuals who come together as a team to collaborate, solve problems, and innovate together. If you’re interested in joining us, check out our open positions.

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GroqCard™ accelerators are available through Bittware. Learn more here.

IQT matches strategic investment with game changing technology to enhance and advance national security for the U.S. and its allies.

Groq is a featured inference provider for poe.com, hosting Llama 2 70B and Mixtral 8x7b running on the LPU™ Inference Engine.

Cirrascale is a premier cloud services provider of deep learning infrastructure solutions for Natural Language Processing and other deep learning workflows. 

Vapi is a platform to build, test and deploy voicebots in minutes rather than months. Groq is one of the inference providers powering Vapi and its real-time voice assistance.  

Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®. Working with reseller partners, Carahsoft provides industry leading IT products, services, and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

Groq offers a number of paths to partnership including:

  • IHVs: Independent Hardware Vendors for collaboration in providing servers and racks tailored to various specifications and customer requirements
  • ISVs: Independent Software Vendors can access the Groq platform via our API. Groq is ideal for ISVs providing NLP and NLU-based solutions. For ISVs building SaaS and/or PaaS solutions, hardware procurement is available.
  • CSPs: Cloud Service Providers looking to provide inference as a service, or host AI applications such as translation, sentiment analysis, code generation, content generation, chatbot applications, and contact center solutions can benefit from our 10x better latency advantage.
  • VARs: We partner with industry-leading distributors and value-added resellers to offer our AI solutions to end customers, leveraging their existing billing and relationship management capabilities.
  • Consulting: We bring on consulting partners to deliver tailor-made solutions to end customers. Consulting partners have procurement vehicles and relationships with enterprises and Public Sector entities, providing strategic, operational, and IT consulting. You can join us to build innovative solutions for our customers on top of the Groq inference engine.

Please fill out the following form if you are interested in becoming a Groq partner or learning more about our Partner Network.

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Jonathan Ross

CEO, Founder

Jonathan Ross is the CEO and founder of Groq Inc. Groq is the creator of the world’s first Language Processing Unit (LPU), providing exceptional speed performance for AI workloads running on their LPU™ Inference Engine.

Prior to founding Groq, Jonathan began what became Google’s Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) as a 20% project where he designed and implemented the core elements of the first-generation TPU chip. Jonathan next joined Google X’s Rapid Eval Team, the initial stage of the famed “Moonshots factory”, where he devised and incubated new Bets (Units) for Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Adam Tachner

CLO & VP of Corporate Development

For nearly 20 years, Adam Tachner has provided high-growth semiconductor companies with the cross-functional business leadership they need to thrive in competitive markets. As head of the legal and compliance functions at Atheros Communications (acquired 2011 by Qualcomm for $3.6B), Adam supported the company’s rapid growth from a pre-revenue innovator to a market-leading IPO and a $1B annual revenue run rate. Later, he helped integrate Atheros into Qualcomm’s global operations. Most recently, Adam held both VP Corporate Development and General Counsel roles at Google’s Access division, and earlier at fabless MEMS leader InvenSense, now the sensor division of TDK.
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Estelle Hong

Head, Planning & Execution (PLEX)

Estelle is a jack-of-all-trades by day, and a National Guardsman by night, bringing more than a decade of leadership experience from the Army and Intel Corporation. Estelle graduated from West Point with an Engineering Management degree and was commissioned as an Engineer Officer. Later, she received her MBA at Cornell University and joined Intel’s Accelerated Leadership Program, driving results in business HR, retail analytics, and the memory business. Estelle’s passion for driving disruptive technology and working with incredibly smart people aligns nicely in her opportunity to help scale Groq become an iconic company. Outside of work, she likes to snowboard, travel, play guitar, or hang out with her friends in San Francisco.
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Aileen Black

President, Government & Public Sector

Aileen Black is a highly respected IT industry executive and general manager with a dynamic record of driving exponential growth results in public sector organizations. Her unique pedigree includes developing industry-changing technology and service businesses from the ground up, with proven experience in running large enterprise-class business units in excess of 600 million. Black has held executive positions at Google, VMware, EMC, and Oracle. With more than 30 years of experience building, managing, and motivating top-notch technology sales and professional services organizations, she has proven success with a deep understanding of the cloud, artificial intelligence, enterprise open source, big data, government contracting, sales, strategic alliances, marketing and the political landscape across the public sector market in addition to extensive media and public speaking across all forms of media including radio and television.
Mark Heaps

VP of Brand & Creative

Mark Heaps is the VP of Brand & Creative at Groq, where he leads a diverse team focused on innovative AI solutions with demo applications enabled by Groq LPU™ systems. Mark is a longtime technology evangelist who has worked with Adobe, Google, Apple and others on various projects ranging from digital imaging to AI systems used in some of the most popular applications today. He is passionate about democratizing AI in service of advancing human societies and loves exploring how the next generation of technology end-users will interact with LLMs. Mark believes that every human is destined to become a future prompt-designer.
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Allison Hopkins

Chief People Officer

Allison Hopkins has 35 years of experience as an HR business leader, advisor & investor working with start-ups, pre-IPO and Fortune 500 companies.  Her choices have mostly led her to  companies that were attempting to change an industry and/or in hyper-growth mode.  

The most notable organizations she was a part of are E*Trade, Netflix, Palo Alto Networks and thredUP.  While being the Chief People Officer at thredUP she was also the COO for 2 years and led operations which included HR, distribution centers, customer service, logistics & industrial engineering.  She was also part of the team that took thredUP public.  

Prior to thredUP she was the SVP of HR at Palo Alto Networks and also assisted in taking them public.  She served as Vice President of Talent at Netflix, and Head of Human Resources at E*TRADE.  During her tenure all three companies experienced hyper global growth (Ranging from 180-10,000 people, $250M-$7B in revenue).  She was also the Founder and CEO of Core Elements, Inc., which provided human resources and internal communication consulting to global tech companies.  Core Elements was nominated 6 years in a row as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Silicon Valley.  

She was nominated & elected to Leadership California and was awarded the YWCA’s prestigious Manager of the Year award. She has had numerous published articles and speaking engagements on the impact of human resources, communication and culture in business. 

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Sheryl Savage

General Counsel

Sheryl joined Groq with the intention to transform how customers interact with in-house legal departments. With over 19 years of legal experience, she has worked in a wide range of fields, from Fortune 100 technology companies to newly acquired renewable energy firms. While her training and experience was influenced by larger, traditional in-house legal departments, Sheryl believes the legal team should be everything but traditional.  Instead of approaching the law as slow-moving, immutable and resistant to change, Sheryl embraces technology and innovation so Groq can do what it does best – defy gravity. 

Outside of the office, Sheryl is a member of the Women’s General Counsel Network, a mentor and advocate for women lawyers, novice rock climber, avid cyclist, and hiker.

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Jim Miller

VP, Hardware Engineering

Jim Miller is the Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Groq, responsible for leading the silicon and systems engineering teams. He has spent his career delivering some of the most complex and impactful semiconductors and platforms. He began his career at Intel with early engineering and management roles on the i486 and Pentium, and led all of the Pentium II engineering.  After Intel, he served as VP of Engineering at VOIP pioneer, Silicon Spice, led all of Cadence’s EDA product development, drove methodology convergence at AMD, led the engineering efforts for Broadcom’s, and then Qualcomm’s, ARM server SOCs, platforms, and software. Most recently, he was at Amazon responsible for the hardware development, delivery, and support for AWS’ compute platforms. Jim graduated from Stanford University with both a BSEE and MSEE, and Santa Clara University with an MBA. 

John Barrus
John Barrus

VP of Product

Barrus recently rejoined Groq after launching the Amazon Cardinal warehouse robot. An accomplished, high-tech leader, Barrus uses his deep technical background to drive the creation of new commercial products, including chips and handheld devices, room-size robotic workcells, and cloud accelerator infrastructure. Prior to joining Groq, Barrus led the launch of Google Cloud GPUs and TPUs, products that contribute significantly to Google’s $9B IaaS revenue. Educated at M.I.T., Barrus was the Director of the Ricoh Innovations Silicon Valley lab, has published 25 technical papers and journal articles, and has more than 80 issued U.S. patents. He is the founder of several startups and new business divisions.
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Sunny Madra

GM, GroqCloud™

Sunny Madra, an experienced entrepreneur, has a track record of successful exits for the startups he founded. These exits include the sales of Autonomic to Ford Xtreme Labs to Pivotal, and most recently Definitive Intelligence to Groq. Currently, Sunny is leading GroqCloud.

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Andy Rappaport

Board Member

Andy Rappaport is Managing Partner of Skyline Public Works, Chief Investment Officer of SPW Investments, and Treasurer of the Rappaport Family Foundation. He has spent more than 35 years founding, investing in, and guiding scores of transformative start-up companies. From 1996 until starting his retirement in 2012, Andy was an active partner at August Capital, a leading technology venture capital firm, which he helped grow from $100M to more than $2B under management. Prior to joining August, Andy ran The Technology Research Group, a Boston-based global strategy consulting firm he founded in 1984. Andy is a noted authority on the business and economic implications of changing technologies and has written and spoken extensively on the topic. Technology companies Andy co-founded, led investments in, and/or served as a board member of including Actel, Atheros Communications, Luxtera, MMC Networks, Silicon Architects, Olema Oncology, Silicon Image, and Transmeta. Andy and his wife Deborah are active philanthropists, focusing primarily on causes of equity and social justice. They are the founders of the Minnesota Street Project (www.minnesotastreetproject.com), a 120,000 square foot multi-building arts campus in San Francisco founded to provide an affordable, vibrant hub for the visual arts in an otherwise unaffordable city. Andy is also an active musician, and video and sound artist. He and Deborah split their time between San Francisco and Martha’s Vineyard.
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Dr. Ford Tamer

Board Member

Dr. Ford Tamer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Inphi for nine years until its recent $10B+ merger with Marvell. Under Dr. Tamer’s stewardship, Inphi became the trusted market leader for electro-optics solutions for cloud and telecom operators, increasing revenue from these customers more than 20 times during his tenure, to an annual run rate of about $750 million.

Prior to Inphi, Dr. Tamer served as CEO of Telegent Systems. Before this, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom’s Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew five-fold to $1.2 billion in revenue within five years, making that business the uncontested leader in infrastructure silicon solutions. He also served as co-founder and CEO of Agere Inc., which pioneered Network Processors (now at Intel as the Ixia product line). After Agere was acquired by Lucent Microelectronics, Dr. Tamer became Vice President at Agere Systems, a spin-off from Lucent. Earlier in his career, Dr. Tamer co-founded, operated, and assisted in the growth of system management software, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy businesses. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Marvell, Teradyne, and Sentons. Dr. Tamer holds a MS and Ph.D. from MIT.

Youngme Moon

Board Member

Youngme Moon is the Donald K. Douglas Professor of Business at Harvard Business School, where her research sits at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and marketing. A renowned branding and marketing strategist, she is the author of the bestselling book, Different, and has sold more than two million case studies on companies sprawling the digital economy. She has spent more than a decade advising, investing in, and guiding fledgling companies with disruptive potential. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mastercard, Unilever, Warby Parker, Sweetgreen, Shoop, Basic.Space, and others. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, and her B.A. from Yale. Prior to joining HBS, she was on the faculty of MIT.

Don Simard
Don Simard

Mr. Simard brings an innovative skill set in technology provider relations and commercialization of technology transfer products within the cybersecurity realm that directly relates to NIST requirements. His expertise was gained over 30 years while working in NSA IAD, where he dedicated himself to continue to improve the security of cyberspace. With a keen ability to support cybersescurity efforts early in their concept phases through development and implementation, combined with strong technical direction capabilities, he is well equipped to provide guidance on achieving a balance between mission and assurance needs to increase the potential for operational use. He will be instrumental in achieving the goals presented by Task Order #2, Building Block Development and Demonstration.

Teresa Smetzer
Teresa Smetzer

Ms. Teresa L. Smetzer’s career has spanned both the public and private sectors, focused on accelerating the identification and adoption of industry leading digital technologies with the goal of modernizing, advancing, and transforming national security missions. She served over 20 years at the CIA as a technical analyst, senior manager, and most recently as the Director of Digital Futures in the Directorate of Digital Innovation. She previously founded and led Jasmah Consulting until its acquisition by LMI. Earlier in her career, Ms. Smetzer served on the White House Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. She is also the former VP of National Security Programs for Salesforce.

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Jacqueline Tame

Jacqueline is the inaugural Director of Government Affairs at PsiQuantum – a company building the world’s first useful fault tolerant, error corrected quantum computer. Previously, Jacqueline was the VP, Innovation at Landus – a multi-billion-dollar agricultural coop in Iowa. Before joining Landus, Jacqueline served as the Acting Deputy Director and inaugural Chief Performance Officer of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC).

Jacqueline began her career at the Central Intelligence Agency, leading a team of futures analysts to inform strategic acquisition and investment planning. She then transitioned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Finally, Jacqueline served at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), first as a Counterterrorism Mission Manager, then as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director. In 2015, while attending the Naval War College, Jacqueline was the only civilian selected to serve for a year as a Director Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group. She returned to DIA as Chief of Customer Engagement, where she focused on DIA’s support to the Combatant Commands.

Following a decade of service in the executive branch, Jacqueline joined the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where she served as the DIA monitor. In late 2018, Jacqueline returned to the executive branch to lead the implementation of several of the defense intelligence reforms she had identified and recommended as a Hill staffer. As the Senior Advisor for Strategic Assessment and Integration for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, one of here biggest contributions was designing, securing funding for, and overseeing the development of GAMECHANGER – DoD’s first, AI-enabled policy/legal analytics platform to automate the discovery and mapping of DoD authorities, roles, missions, responsibilities, and component interdependencies, decreasing DoD policy and legal query times and analyses from months to seconds. 

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in classical vocal performance and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College’s College of Naval Warfare. She is passionate about growing and promoting women leaders, having founded Command After Next – a small group dedicated to the mentorship, professional development, education, and championship of women in national security. She serves as an Advisory Board member with Modern Intelligence, Clarifai, R4 Technologies, and the Common Mission Project, a venture advisor for Starburst Ventures, and a senior advisor to the Chief Digital and AI Officer at DoD, Globally, Avascent, and Schmidt Futures. A hot yoga enthusiast who legitimately can be found reading policy and Congressional Research Service reports at night before bed, Jacqueline lives with her husband Jonathan, daughter Charlotte, and rescue pups, Dax and Penny in Arlington, VA.

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Pete Tseronis

Pete Tseronis worked inside the U.S. Federal Government for 25 years, kicking-off his career at the Pentagon and finishing as a Senior Executive Service member. Pete served four Presidential Administrations, three Cabinet Agencies, the Executive Office of the President, and was appointed Chief Technology Officer at two cabinet-level agencies, the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Education.

An accomplished entrepreneur, business executive, and technology strategist with 30+ years leading public, private, and non-profit entities, Pete maintains several Strategic Advisory Board roles, an appointment to the Internet of Things Advisory Board, and is the Utility Supercluster Chairperson. He also founded Dots and Bridges® to serve as a unique nexus for “Connecting Dots and Building Bridges.” 

Pete received his B.A. in Communications from Villanova University and earned his M.S. in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Most importantly, Pete is blessed with an incredible wife (Betsy) and four amazing children (Jacob, Joshua, Gabrielle, and Zachary), in addition to an Australian Labradoodle (Phineas Maximus Tseronis).

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Milo Medin

Medin has been part of the Internet development community for almost 40 years. He recently left Google where he was the vice president of access services. During his time there, he worked on a number of projects to improve access to the Internet, building both fiber and wireless networks, and in shaping spectrum policy and products.

Medin holds several patents in the field of network access technology, and sat on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Committee, and Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. From 2016 to 2022, he served on the Defense Innovation Board, which is chartered to provide recommendations to the Secretary of Defense to drive more innovation and agility in how the department achieves its mission.

Karen Evans
Karen Evans

Karen S. Evans is the Managing Director for the Cyber Readiness Institute, which empowers small and medium-sized organizations with free resources to improve cybersecurity. As a three-time Presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed executive, Evans has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity, national security, technology innovation, service delivery, and supply chain risk management.

She served as the first Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response at the US Department of Energy, and has supported numerous agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture and Executive Office of the President at the Office of Management and Budget.

Evans also established the US Cyber Challenge, a private-sector nonprofit that partners with universities to train hundreds of cyber experts, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Cybersecurity Center and Advisory Boards.

Igor Arsovski

Chief Architect & Fellow

Igor joins Groq as a fellow and is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementation, expert. Previously at Google, Igor was responsible for the SoC technology strategy for Google Cloud, leading the custom physical design effort for the TPU. Prior to Google, Igor was CTO of the IBM/GF/Marvell ASIC Business Unit, responsible for setting ASIC strategy for a 900+ person team, and personally optimizing 500+ of today’s best-known enterprise networking and machine learning ASICs.

Igor is an IBM Master Inventor with over 100 patents, 30 IEEE papers and presentations at premier system (AI HW Summit, Linley Conference, ML and AI Dev Com) and circuit (ISSCC, VLSI, CICC, ECTC) conferences, and currently serves on the VLSI Technology Program Committee.

Satnam Singh
Satnam Singh

Groq Fellow

Satnam Singh has worked at the intersection of programming languages and hardware design with a focus on improving developer productivity and expressive power as well as formal correctness. He has applied functional programming languages to the development of domain specific languages, both for the design and implementation of special purpose hardware accelerators and for the programs that run on these accelerators.

Satnam started his career as an academic at the University of Glasgow researching software tools and applications for FPGA-based accelerators. At Xilinx Satnam developed the Haskell-based functional domain specific language Lava for layout aware high performance circuits, as well as techniques for the formal verification of hardware. At Microsoft Satnam widened the scope of high level hardware synthesis tools to include .NET languages like C# and F# as well as improving tooling for the parallel execution of functional programs. At Google Satnam worked on various aspects of devops including Kubernetes as well as on a chip for machine learning developed using functional programming language technology. At Facebook Satnam worked on the bytecode optimization of Android applications.

Satnam is a Senior Member of the ACM and the IEEE; serves on IFIP working groups WG2.8 and WG2.11; and was previously an elected executive committee member of ACM SIGPLAN.

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Tony Watson

Chief Information Security Officer

Paul (Tony) Watson is the Chief Information Security Officer at Groq, bringing extensive experience from previous security roles at Google, Rockwell, Verisign, CapitalOne, Iridium, and the U.S. Air Force. With 30 years experience in the field, Paul has a robust skill set that includes information security, network security, systems security, infrastructure security, software engineering, building for scale, and more.

Paul joined Groq from Google after 17 years driving network and systems security improvements, fending off nation-State attacks, designing and developing patented cross-platform network security infrastructure, as well as building and leading high-performing security teams.

Outside of work, Paul enjoys recreational flying, downhill skiing, scuba diving, and mentoring the next generation of cybersecurity and entrepreneurial professionals.