I helped found, and am currently the CTO of, D-Wave. Because what D-Wave is trying to do is so cool, I get to talk about it at lots of interesting places, from the 2003 TED conference to Supercomputing 2008. Our approach to building quantum computers has been covered in The Economist, The New York Times, BC Business, The Province, The Globe and Mail, USA Today, HPCWire, MIT Technology Review and Business 2.0, and a Harvard Business School case study. I earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia with Philip Stamp, studying the effects of nuclear spins on decoherence in molecular magnets. Prior to UBC I went to school at McMaster University, where I did engineering physics with a solid state devices focus. Since D-Wave was founded in 1999, we’ve raised over $70M, including a round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)—the first ever investment by a US venture capital firm in quantum computing, and a substantial investment by Goldman Sachs. I currently hold more granted US quantum information patents than any other inventor.
Founder & CTO, D-Wave Systems Inc.