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Deon Nicholas and Sami Ghoche      

Co-Founders of Forethought

Co-founded by Deon Nicholas and Sami Ghoche in 2017, Forethought is an enterprise search company that has built a question-answering retrieval AI agent called Agatha Answers. The tool embeds into existing employee workflows, supporting employee workflow rather than automating the work of real people.

Nicholas had a passion for computer science and problem solving that gave him access to opportunity and brought him to Silicon Valley. Deon attended the University of Waterloo, where he did a Bachelors in Mathematics (with Distinction), Honors Computer Science and Combinatorics/Optimization. Deon was a competitive programmer and two time finalist for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Competition. He interned at Facebook, Palantir, Dropbox, and then worked at Pure Storage. He is a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur.

Ghoche is originally from Lebanon. He came to the United States to attend Harvard University, where he studied Computer Science scoring a mere 3.99/4.00 GPA. He then did a Masters in Computer Science at Harvard as well and this time he didn’t miss a beat with a perfect 4.00/4.00. And wait, he actually did both his undergrad and masters concurrently and graduated with both at the same time in 4 years! And his thesis was on a new algorithm for clustering of text documents that is being used at Forethought now. Ghoche interned at and worked at LinkedIn before joining Forethought.

Both founders were featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for their work in Enterprise Technology.


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