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Founder & Partner @
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1 Investment in 1 Company
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New York
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http://ingk.com/d
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Smithsonian Laureate CTO CEO, Investor / Founder

Damion Hänkejh won IBM's Watson Developer challenge in competition with 3,000+ proposals from teams spanning 18 industries and 43 countries. He became the sixth worldwide given unfettered access to IBM's cognitive supercomputer, Watson. His FANG proposal is the first adaptive education service powered by cognitive computing; its earliest manifestation was a Watson powered plush toy prototype designed to hold a conversation with kids, parents & teachers.

Damion invented Internet customer service before IBM coined "eCommerce" & founded InstantService.com, the first and largest carrier-class telecom platform for live customer service (acquired by Oracle in a $1 billion roll-up, now Oracle Live Help).

Damion serves alongside Microsoft Bing inventor, Lorenzo Thione, as founder of Ingk -- resurrecting underleveraged, dormant IP from university/corporate R&D labs and VC firms.

Hänkejh was honored as a Smithsonian Laureate in 1999 for his work with fellow founder, Dr. Robert Lazzara, as CTO of Virtual OR (now Swedish Medical), a pioneer at the nexus of medicine & minimally invasive robotic surgery, setting the stage for the first fully accredited virtual operating rooms worldwide ( a permanent Smithsonian collection ).

Damion formerly volunteered in 1995 to create amfAR's first website and the HIV/AIDS Treatment Directory Database -- the first and only comprehensive online resource covering global treatment research and clinical trials at the time.

Damion also served in NYC as the turnaround CTO at mobile dev agency, Majestyk Apps, as principal inventor & Head of Innovation at Elemental Path (Cognitoys; Dino), and interim CEO/CTO of Alvin Valley, a luxury eCommerce company.

Founder / CTO, OnApproval -- fintech perfected for luxury eCommerce & brick (backed by AOL Ventures, ERGO and LeFrak)

Founder, Stealth AI project

Investor / advisor, US Veteran owned/operated Condition One Nutrition

Advisor, US Veteran owned/operated Koda Labs

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Jobs (13)

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Founder & CTO

Jun, 2015 - Current   (over 1 year)

Founder

2014 - Current   (over 2 years)

Founder

2012 - Current   (over 4 years)

Counsel to CTO

1995 - Current   (over 21 years)
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Intellectual Property / R&D
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Systems Architect / Consultant
Sep, 2014
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Interim CEO, Chief Technology Officer
2005
Unknown
CTO
2006
2016
Founder & Partner
Sep, 2013
Sep, 2014
CTO
Feb, 1998
Dec, 2001
Founder / CTO
1998
1999
Founder & CTO
1985
1989
R&D Engineer / Systems Analyst

Board & Advisor Roles (3)

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Investments (1)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jun, 2011$500k / SeedPersonal Investment

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