John Frank is the Chief Executive Officer at Darwin Galactic.
Prior to his current role, John was a principal at Computable Insights and VP of Collaborative AI at Salesforce.
John founded MetaCarta, which pioneered map-based search with statistical natural language processing that helps people find everything written about any place. Nokia acquired MetaCarta in 2010. John also helped to co-found a new start-up, Diffeo, which was acquired by Salesforce in 2019. John’s work and leadership at Diffeo led to the The Newman Entrepreneurial Initiative award, that he shared with its co-founders and Hertz Fellows Max Kleiman-Weiner and Dan Roberts.
John received his Hertz Fellowship and decided to pursue a PhD at MIT studying “ordering on curved interfaces” with Professor Mehran Kardar. His research focused on understanding how curvature influences reactions and patterns on membranes He holds a bachelor’s in physics with distinction from Yale University, where he led Yale’s first solar car team to the top rookie seat of Sunyrace 97.
2014, Peter Strauss Award, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2013, The Newman Entrepreneurial Initiative Fund, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation