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).


Marcel Santilli


Passionate CMO with a proven track record of creating exceptional digital experience, driving revenue growth, and elevating brand awareness for both large enterprise (IBM and HPE) and hyper-growth startups (Scale AI, HashiCorp, ServiceTitan, and UpKeep).




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

VP 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.


Doug Loyer

VP of Engineering

Doug brings more than 20 years of experience building technology teams and products. Doug cofounded Fractional Media, a mobile ad technology company and led the technology team to an acquisition by Machine Zone in 2015 and from $0 to over $100M/year. Doug also served as Director of Engineering at Criteo and VP of Engineering at Chartboost, a mobile ad technology company acquired by Zynga in 2021.


Natalie Rutgers

VP of Product Growth

Natalie Rutgers was the first product hire at Deepgram. Her background in product, design, and brand storytelling has helped to scale Deepgram’s product and team to where it is today. She holds a BS in Media, Culture, and Communication, summa cum laude, and a Minor in Digital Design from New York University.


Chris Dyer

VP 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.


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.


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.