Simplify.ai was founded by Quoc Pham and Igor Mandryka, who together have more than 40 years of software engineering experience. Quoc has worked in scientific software engineering for over twenty years, with the last twelve in senior leadership roles. Igor is a software engineer with 20 years of experience working with OCR technologies, big data processing and reporting, web and desktop app development.
Simplify.ai is incubated in Pasadena, California at Idealab (http://idealab.com). Founded in 1996 by Bill Gross, Idealab is the first and longest continuously operating startup incubator in the world.
Prior to Simplify.ai, Quoc and Igor worked together at eSolar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESolar), where Quoc built and led the team that created the software system controlling tens of thousands of sun-tracking mirrors to accurately reflect sunlight from hundreds of meters away to a target a few meters in size for producing solar thermal power. This software system, called Spectra, has well over a million lines of code, and the software team over time included many engineers and scientists with advanced degrees (4 doctorates, 6 masters), along with software engineers trained at Berkeley, Yale, Stanford, Caltech, and other quality universities. We used computer vision and various other mathematical techniques to fully automate and control these mirrors 24×7 so that a solar field of tens of thousands of mirrors resembles a simple coal or gas boiler to the power plant operators.
Most recently, eSolar provided the solar field to desalinate seawater, heat greenhouses, and generate electricity for the Sundrop Farms Port Augusta project in Australia. This project was completed on-time, on-budget, and produced the promised amount of power right after plant commissioning: