ASR sucks and it costs too much. So we rebuilt it.

We believe we can fundamentally change the way we live and work by unlocking insights trapped in our conversations. We are working to make voice intelligence available to all with faster, more accurate, more scalable speech recognition made possible by end-to-end deep learning.

Executive Team


Scott Stephenson


Scott Stephenson is a dark matter physicist turned Deep Learning entrepreneur. He earned a PhD in particle physics from University of Michigan where his research involved building a lab two miles underground to detect dark matter. Scott left his physics post-doc research position to found Deepgram.


Adam Sypniewski


Adam Sypniewski has designed artificial intelligence systems for autonomous vehicles and built next-gen technology for DARPA. He earned his PhD in experimental astrophysics from University of Michigan, where he used machine learning to understand dark energy.


Shadi Baqleh


Shadi brings over 20 years of go-to-market experience building and scaling Software- and Infrastructure-as-a-service organizations. He designed and led the customer engagement experience at a number of voice technology companies including BlueJeans (now part of Verizon), and Voicea (now part of Cisco).


Katie Byrne

VP of Marketing

Katie Byrne has led marketing for enterprise infrastructure, security and network automation technologies. She has a proven track record of amplifying brands, driving user adoption, and executing programs that deliver business outcomes.




Sam Zegas is life-long language aficionado, with years of study in linguistics and foreign languages. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Mehul Patel

Vice President of Products

Mehul brings over 20 years of Product Management and Development leadership. He has built Voice AI Platforms for developers and other innovative products at startups and large companies including VMware and Adobe. He holds an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.


Chris Dyer

Head of Sales

Chris was the first go-to-market hire at Deepgram bringing 10 years of GTM and Sales experience from brands such as TechValidate (acquired by SurveyMonkey, now to scale the Deepgram team and customer base to where it is today.


Jason Rubinstein

Head of Finance

Jason Rubinstein brings over 15 years of finance, strategy, and planning experience. Originally a nuclear submarine officer, he’s since led finance teams at Google and Marketo, and was most recently VP Finance at Yext. He holds a BS in Engineering from Bucknell and an MBA from Duke.


Jenny Draxl

Head of People

Jenny Draxl is an organizational effectiveness and HR leader with experience partnering with large, public companies and early stage startups. She is passionate about the alignment of people strategy with business objectives. She received her MBA from University of Michigan with a focus on organizational strategy.