CEO in Residence


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We're constantly looking for great CEOs/EIRs to co-found companies with us! Like any startups, this is an extremely hands-on role, best suited for someone willing to roll up sleeves and put in long hours—for many months or years. But alas, at the end of the day, there isn't a better job on Earth than building the next big startup. And there isn't a better partner than the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence!
CEO-in-Residence Key Activities
  • Raise outside capital.
  • Select and validate go-to-market customers.
  • Clarify and validate value proposition and key features.
  • Define marketplace differentiation.
  • Devise and validate go-to-market strategy.
  • Close early sales.
  • Manage company operations.
  • Cultivate a winning culture.
  • Attract, retain and develop world-class talent.
  • Serve as chief external spokesperson.
  • Manage stakeholders including the board and investors.
Key Qualifications
  • Ideally, 5+ years starting companies and leading them to scale or purchase.
  • Ideally, proven track record raising and negotiating venture funding.
  • If no direct startup experience, at least 7+ years of building successful products to launch and exponential growth from the ground up. 
  • P&L management experience, with practice in turning businesses profitable. 
  • Experience managing a Board of Directors and corporate stakeholders.
  • Ability to lay out a clear and compelling vision 
  • A track record of successfully executing against a vision.
  • Ability to attract, recruit, and retain top talent.
  • Ability to be tremendously adaptable and devise a path forward in situations with limited clarity.
  • Unquestionable integrity with a bias towards action.
  • Ability to make decisions and manage people based on evidence and data, not opinions. 
Program Benefits
  • High-quality CTOs and other technical talent, ready to build product and go to market with you as your cofounder
  • Technical advisors and a deep library of AI advancements that your startup can use
  • Privileged access to VCs all over the West Coast
  • Privileged access to pilot customers and contacts in the vast Vulcan network 
  • Help with technical recruiting, incorporation, patent strategy, and GTM strategy
  • Healthcare, seed funding, and beautiful office space
  • A supportive community of 140+ AI PhDs, researchers, engineers, and fellow entrepreneurs
  • and so much more!

About AI2

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is a non-profit research institute in Seattle founded by Paul Allen and headed by Professor Oren Etzioni. The core mission of AI2 is to contribute to humanity through high-impact research in artificial intelligence.

Why AI2

In addition to AI2’s core mission, we also aim to contribute to humanity through our treatment of each member of the AI2 Team. Some highlights are:

  • We are a learning organization – because everything AI2 does is ground-breaking, we are learning every day. Similarly, through weekly AI2 Academy lectures, a wide variety of world-class AI experts as guest speakers, and our commitment to your personal on-going education, AI2 is place where you will have opportunities to continue learning alongside your coworkers.
  • We value diversity - We seek to hire, support, and promote people from all genders, ethnicities, and all levels of experience regardless of age. We particularly encourage applications from women, non-binary individuals, people of color, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities of any kind.
  • We value inclusion - We understand the value that people's individual experiences and perspectives can bring to an organization, and we are building a culture in which all voices are heard, respected and considered.
  • We emphasize a healthy work/life balance – we believe our team members are happiest and most productive when their work/life balance is optimized. While we value powerful research results which drive our mission forward, we also value dinner with family, weekend time, and vacation time. We offer generous paid vacation and sick leave as well as family leave.
  • We are collaborative and transparent – we consider ourselves a team, all moving with a common purpose. We are quick to cheer our successes, and even quicker to share and jointly problem solve our failures.
  • We are in Seattle – and our office is on the water! We have mountains, we have lakes, we have four seasons, we bike to work, we have a vibrant theater scene, and we have so much else. We even have kayaks for you to paddle right outside our front door. We welcome interest from applicants from outside of the United States.
  • We are friendly – chances are you will like every one of the 70+ (and growing) people who work here. We do.

AI2 is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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