We’re a diverse team — in expertise, gender, and life experience — and we’re collaborating to help organizations find the high-value signal hidden in the noisy world of human-generated text data.

Dr. Gary King

Chairman & Co-Founder

Weatherhead University Professor -- Harvard University’s most distinguished faculty position -- and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science; also co-founder of Learning Catalytics, Perusall, and Crimson Hexagon.

Rebecca Fair

CEO & Co-Founder

Creative private and public sector leader, strategic thinker and effective communicator. Passionate about building great teams to solve hard problems.

Dr. Patrick Lam

Lead Data Scientist 
& Co-Founder

Passionate about breaking down the barriers between data and real-world insights through effective communication.

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Jonah Safar

Engineering Services Mgr.

Coalescing years of experience to help support my coworkers reach new heights.

Shannon Hynds

Quality Assurance Lead

Questioning is my vocation. Learning is my passion. Doing both on a journey alongside my extraordinarily talented and accomplished Thresher teammates is its own reward.

Anastasia Mark

Technical Lead of Analytics

I integrate technology into the analytical process to bring the best of machines and humans together into polished products.

Andy Buckreis

Full-stack Engineer

Engineering solutions to enable users to answer the questions that they care about.

Brian Bumpas

Subject Matter Expert

Combining a background in mathematics with on-the-ground experience in both China and Taiwan, I am passionate about Thresher’s mission to inform decisions through data.


Thresher was born from a team of data scientists from Harvard, a 15-year veteran of the software and security engineering space, and a former intelligence officer who understood the need of experts conducting high stakes analysis. This understanding has enabled us to become an award-winning, successful startup built on machine learning and natural language processing solutions backed by world-class and patent-pending data science methodologies.

Why the shark? The Thresher shark is sharp, agile, and lean and is known for its exceptionally long tail. In fact, it has one of the longest in the animal kingdom and uses it to hunt. Because we strive to be sharp, agile, lean, and because approximately 70% of searches are conducted using "long tail keywords", we felt a kinship to our Thresher shark friends. (A long tail keyword is a keyword phrase with at least three words designed to target a very specific search.  In fact, on a daily basis 15% of all Google searches have never been seen before.)

The Thresher team is proud to have participated in multiple selective programs designed to identify emerging businesses with value. We are grateful for the help and mentorship these organizations have provided.

"The speed of problem identification and solution implementation, the constant engagement with new and challenging questions, and—most of all—the camaraderie of our team, set Thresher apart."

Dr. Evann Smith, Senior Data Scientist

Queries built by our users have generated data sets that change the answers to their questions.