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We love new technology and discovering new opportunities to do something that matters—something meaningful for the world. Creating thoughtful applications that can be appreciated equally for its clever engineering and its outstanding beauty is deeply ingrained in our DNA.

Our Team

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Nymi is developed by the team at Bionym Inc., a leader in cutting edge biometric recognition systems. Bionym is funded by Nigel Stokes, Dennis Bennie, Relay Ventures, Lee Lau, Greg Wolfond (Kili Corp), Dan Debow, Erik Lithopoulos, Nick Koudas, Nilesh Bansal, and Ajay Agrawal.

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Karl Martin - Founder, CEO

I like to create things. From rigging up spring-loaded pull toys as a toddler, to building circuits and robots in school. Most recently it’s been developing biometric and cryptographic systems as part of Bionym. My ultimate goal is to build things that people never thought possible. I have a B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science, and M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, all from the University of Toronto. My passion to create extends to photography, which I post to www.ethervizion.com.

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Andrew D’Souza - President

I became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 by starting my neighbourhood’s first paper-delivery / lawn-mowing / dog-walking / tutoring service. I studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo before catching the startup bug and moving to Silicon Valley. The Nymi has the potential to change lives, and I’m excited to create the next transformative company right here in Toronto. When I’m not building the Bionym business, I’m an amateur improv actor and travel-addict. I’ve also recently gotten into hang-gliding and scuba diving.

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Angela Bourne - Marketing Director

My passion is creating extraordinary experiences. Originally from coastal Maine, I received my B.A. in English and Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University. I am inspired by the incredible potential for the Nymi to not only create one-of-a-kind experiences in every industry, but also to enable people to connect with each other in new and exciting ways. I love that the Nymi will make the world feel a little friendlier, and no matter where we are, make us feel like we are home.

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Abhishek Ranjan - Biometrics Scientist

My passion in life is helping others through technology. I believe that can be done by making computers smarter, and technology more widely available. For me, Nymi represents this next step. I am a Biometric applications scientist with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. When I’m not working on Nymi, I’m practicing my Muay-Thai or dancing Tango. You can visit my personal website at www.aranjan.com.

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Gregor Simeonov - Hardware Engineer

I’m an entrepreneur at heart. After receiving my Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, I co-founded the green energy start-up ARDA Power. Although I applied to be an astronaut for the CSA, my passion for electronics and technology led me to the Nymi. While interested in all things ECE, I love tinkering with FPGAs, micro-controllers and hacking old video game systems.

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Kurt Bartlett - Marketing & Public Relations Manager

I believe that the strongest way to communicate is to create a story. After I received my Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, I immediately dove into a world of writing, public relations and marketing. Something about our modern approach to communications has always intrigued me, so I’m always trying to stay one step ahead. I joined Bionym because I am passionate about the kind of technology that can change the world.

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Chuan Ye - Software Engineer

Biometric technology has always kept me enthralled, so I am excited to be contributing to the next generation of biometrics with the Nymi. I graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Toronto and have since worked on a project that allows users to control technology through brainwaves  I always love a good movie or video game, and I am on a perpetual hunt for the best food in town.

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Stephen Oung - Systems Engineer

Designing technology that can improve the quality of life in others is my life goal, so I am thrilled to be working on the Nymi. I graduated from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto, and hold a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering from Germany. While I’m thrilled by everything between software and mechanical engineering, I like to stay active through sports and photography. Check out some of my photography work here.

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Jessica Stokes - Marketing and Project Management

I have always had a passion for building relationships that influence positive change, so it’s been an incredible experience to work with the dedicated and creative group behind the Nymi. Since earning my Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto, I have worked in higher education, banking and non-profits. I dream big and excel in team environments. Strategy and project management play to my gregarious and driven nature. Life outside the workplace consists of running, baking, and keeping it real.

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Kris Misquitta - Mechatronics Engineer

While currently a Mechatronics Engineering student at University of Waterloo, I’ve joined Bionym to lend my software and hardware design skills to the Nymi. I’m hoping that by expanding my biomechanical design experience, I’ll be able to one day construct my own innovative tech-toy. When I’m not immersed in engineering, I find, listen to, and create music.

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Yevgeniy Vahlis - Chief Cryptographer

Before I decided to join Bionym to advance the cryptography work on the Nymi, I was a senior researcher at AT&T Labs in New York City. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and went on to Columbia University as a postdoctoral fellow. My passion for cryptography and security architecture aligned perfectly with what the Nymi is looking to accomplish in the field of security and privacy. When I’m not creating protocols for the Nymi, I enjoy staying active through hiking, rock climbing and biking.

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Nikita Tarakanov - Developer Community Manager

I believe that technology should focus on what really matters, whether that’s building relationships, making dreams a reality, or taking a power nap! Having graduated from the Computer Engineering program from the University of Toronto, I went onto the Next 36 program to improve my relationship management skills. The Nymi as both an idea, and as a startup immediately enthralled me. When I’m not working, I’m either on my guitar, camping or practicing martial arts.

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Jonathan Scobbie - Software Engineer

Technology, computers and problem solving has always interested me. The things we can accomplish with technology are almost like magic, so as a software engineer I often feel like a wizard. I graduated with a B.A.Sc degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, and began putting my skills to the test. I’m excited about all of the great, new challenges and opportunities that working with the Nymi will present.

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David Myers - Graphic Designer

As a visual person, everywhere I go I see the potential of better design. With a diverse education and background in graphic design and illustration, I’ve always sought to make complex ideas accessible through clean, beautiful design. My excitement to work with impactful technology and to become part of a ‘Deus Ex’ reality brought me to Bionym as their graphic designer.

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Daniel Eisner - Mobile Developer

The first time I programmed a computer was in grade 10. I was hooked instantaneously. For my thesis in my final year of Engineering Science at U of T, I worked on a program that would analyze music and compose songs in a similar style. After graduating, I worked as a compiler developer for IBM. A year later I started working for myself as an iOS developer. But making great things is hard, and you need a great team to do it. That’s what brought me to Bionym. When I’m not developing, I compose, play, and listen to all sorts of music.

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We're Hiring

Bionym is a dynamic, energetic and dedicated startup that is always looking to push the boundaries of innovation through our technology. We are growing, and growing fast so we are always looking for talented, hardworking team members who love what they do.

If you are interested in joining Bionym we would encourage you to check out our job availabilities.

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Office: 82 Peter Street. Floor 5. Toronto, ON, Canada.
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