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Jeevan Kalanithi        

CEO, Entrepreneur, New Device Designer

Jeevan is an entrepreneur and technologist specializing in user interfaces and consumer hardware products.

Prior to Sifteo, Jeevan co-founded a design and technology consulting business with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profits.

Jeevan and his work have been featured at TED, MoMA, the Discovery Channel and Wired.

Jeevan holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and an MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he was a National Science Foundation fellow.

Sifteo began when co-founders Dave Merrill and Jeevan Kalanithi teamed up as graduate students at the MIT Media Lab.

They wanted to rethink human-computer interaction by designing new, physical interfaces.

One afternoon they sat around a table in the lab's kitchen and imagined sorting through a pile of digital data as if it were a pile of LEGOs. The idea for Sifteo Cubes was born.

A few generations of prototypes later, Dave was invited to share their work by giving a presentation on the main stage at the TED conference in 2009 — the talk went viral and was rated in the “top 5 most engaging TED talks” of all time.

This public enthusiasm galvanized the pair to found Sifteo, Inc., and four months later Dave and Jeevan were at work in San Francisco building a company.

With a growing team of collaborators, Sifteo Cubes took shape to become a first-of-its-kind, truly hands-on game system.

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