News


June 15, 2018: Qokka and two other Silicon Valley blockchain companies hosted a series of educational events in Asia. We're excited to demystify the hype and show people how blockchain can empower their lives. Here is the event flyer, and a one-page summary for our talk (English, Chinese [中文]).

We hosted events in Singapore (May 21), Hong Kong (May 23), Shenzhen (May 26, with TEDx JNU), Hangzhou (May 27), Shanghai (May 29), Beijing - CBD [中文介绍] (May 30), Beijing - Alpha Startups (May 31, hosted by Alpha Startups and Harvard Angel Club), Beijing - Google Office (June 1, hosted by Google Beijing), and Beijing - Tsinghua University (June 2).

Check our photos on Google Photos!



May 6, 2018: Xoogler Demo Day - Qokka and a few other companies founded by ex-Googlers have presented to over 100 entrepreneurs and angel investors at Google office in San Francisco.

The Xoogler Demo Day was organized by Xoogler.co community, supported by Google’s Developers Launchpad and Google Play. See reports from Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and official Xoogler blogs at Medium and LinkedIn for details.



April 15, 2018: CMU Summit - Qokka and a few other blockchain companies (including Trade Terminal, Quarkchain, ArcBlock, CyberMiles, and more) discussed the present and future of blockchain on a blockchain panel hosted by Distinguished Professor Lenore Blum. See our blog for details.

Qokka is also a part of the panel discussing AI Trends hosted by Professor Blum, along with distinguished guests from Petuum, Uber, and Grishin Robotics. More details are available in our blog

We caputured some photos in our Google Photo Album


March 9, 2018: Two venture funds and an angel investor have recently joined the family of early supporters and investors of Qokka. We are very excited to welcome Alpha Startups, and Origin Capital, in addition to an unnamed angel investor to be part of our community. We are very thankful to Alpha Startups who led this series of investment, and their continuing, extensive support to our mission. We now have a total of 5 investors. We want to thank them all for their guidance and generous support throughout the year.


Feb 4, 2018: New version of Sudo Review is launched! It's our product-review exploration product, powered by latest versions of Qokka's core machine learning engines and visualizations. Check it out at http://sudoreview.com/


Intro: What is Qokka?

See our latest presentation (also available in Chinese [中文]). It has pointers to a list technical papers we published in the past, and a draft whitepaper in progress.

Qokka is a company focusing on the fundamental technologies of machine learning and natural language processing, researching and developing innovative systems, algorithms, and optimizations, to make these technologies fast, reliable, and practical. Not only we create new technologies, we also build products with them for mass adoption, so we can empower people with these technologies and improve their everyday life.

Qokka's first product is an information summarization platform for Amazon product reviews, launched in Feb 2018, available at http://sudoreview.com.

Now, Qokka is refining these technologies further, to build an automated information hub for cryptocurrencies and blockchain, aiming to provide individuals with a fast, transparent, reliable, intelligent, and real-time channel to explore large volume of information, and discover high-quality crypto projects. AI and blockchain are built by the people, for the people. It should not be the case that only the rich players get provided with high quality, timely information in such a space with explosive growth. Everyone should have open, equal opportunities.

Qokka empowers average users through AI, by making blockchain and crypto information more transparent and readily available. Qokka utilizes AI technologies such as natural language processing, topic models, and large scale machine learning, to learn and summarize information for each of thousands of cryptos from the entire Internet, including news, discussions, blogs, whitepapers, chats, social networks, and more, ultimately providing individuals and average users a fast, simple, and more efficient way to explore information.




Products


Qokka.com: Automated Info Hub for Cryptos

Coming soon. Sign up for beta here.




Sudo Review: Amazon Review Summaries

Available now. Get review topics, summaries, sentiments for about 8 million products and 80 million reviews. Launched in August 2017, updated in Feb 2018.



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Core Team

Aaron Li

Founder, CEO

Aaron is the founder of Qokka. He was an engineer in machine learning at the Google Research (on core ML systems), NICTA (Australia's national lab, now part of CSIRO), and a lead engineer in the founding team at Scaled Inference, an AI startup founded by early Google veterans, backed by Vinod Khosla, David Wallerstein, and Michael Jordan.

At Scaled Inference, he co-designed and co-implemented amp.ai, the first autonomous optimization platform. He progressed from an inference engineer, to a leader heading the research and engineering of AI and ML in the company. He co-developed learning, inference, optimization, evaluation, and analysis of a new paradigm of high-dimensional mixture model families, which are as powerful as deep learning but require far less data, are more expressive, explainable, and mathematically sound. He joined as the #7 member in the company, contributed substantial amount of code to all parts of the platform (~100k lines in total), conducted 300+ interviews, and recruited multiple star engineers, scientists, and PhDs from top programs as part of his team and the company, including every person in the current technical leadership team (as of 2017-2018).

At Google's core research group Strategic Technologies, he designed and implemented world's first fast, large-scale general topic modelling (an extension to his KDD 2014 paper) on Google's proprietary parameter server large-scale machine learning infrastructure (which itself was built by the team based on his NIPS 2013 paper), which in production settings, would improve efficiency and performance by 10x, and save an amount of electricity more than the normal output of a nuclear power plant.

At NICTA, he designed and implemented world's first GPU topic modelling (based on his thesis and proprietary code) and comparative visualization of topic models, which he integrated into NICTA's product "OpinionWatch", a project sponsored by Australia Department of Defence. He represented the team and presented the research and the new product at Parliament House during Techfest 2013, a special event hosted by Prime Minister of Australia.

He won multiple nationally and internationally recognized awards, including the prestigious ACM SIGKDD 2014 Best Research Paper Award on machine learning and topic modeling while completing his M.S. in Language Technologies (Computer Science) at the Carnegie Mellon University, an area he has been working on since before he finished his B.S. at Australian National University with quadruple majors in Computer Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. He started programming since the age of 7.

A Beijing native, New Zealand citizen, and former resident of Australia, Aaron immigrated to United States and was granted ""Extraordinary Ability green card (EB-1A)" (a.k.a. Einstein Green Card) in the US to create fundamental, disruptive technologies for humans. He started mining Bitcoin since 2011 (recent talks, slides, interviews, and blogs).


Investors

Alpha Startups Fund

Lead Angel Investor

Alpha Startups Fund is founded by Richard Xu, the former CMO of Qihoo 360, and a three-time founder and entrepreneur who co-founded ChinaCache and led the company's NASDAQ IPO, and Alex Jiang, an early investor who has incubated 60+ Internet companies in four years and co-managing partner of the most successful incubator in China (Sinovation Ventures). In 2017, Alpha Startups Fund was rated as one of the 20 most popular angel investors in China by top tech news publishers 36kr.


The Origin Capital

Angel Investor

Origin Capital is an investment entity focused on blockchain enabled technologies. Based in Singapore and Silicon Valley, the firm has invested in 30 blockchain companies since late 2016, and participates in both equity and tokensale events. Having built strong relationships with entrepreneurs, top investors, and ecosystem leaders, Origin Capital helps startups forge strategic partnerships and brings industry-specific resources to it's portfolio companies.


Alan Cheung

First Angel Investor


Alan is one of the earliest investors and supporters of Qokka.

Alan is the Executive Director at Dascom Holdings, a private technology holdings company with presence in more than 33 countries and headquarter in Hong Kong, and serving more than 4.6 million enterprise and government clients across the globe, with subsidiaries across business sectors such as Business Printing Solutions, Personal Healthcare Solutions, LED Lighting Solutions, Intranet Security, E-Learning, System Integration, Telecommunications, and Commercial Real Estate. Formerly, Alan was the Co-founder and Executive Director of Viva Mobile, a company providing communication and media services to the public via platform based mobile applications, with over 230 millions users and more than 35 million monthly active users as of 2016. Before that, Alan co-founded and worked at multiple digital media companies.


Qokka's Friends

Angel Investors



Some founder's personal friends became early investor and supporters of Qokka solely based on a crude prototype (sudoreview.com) and Qokka's vision. Although some of them want to remain anonymous, here we want to thank them for their trust and contributions.