We deepen human experiences by partnering with the companies that shape our world

We aim to connect people to each other, and to amazing worldly experiences, in ways that haven’t been possible before. 

We operate as a B2B solutions provider within the travel, transport, and hospitality industries for the impact that it can bring toward this goal. These industries have a massive influence on our lives and our planet, accounting for more than 10% of global GDP and employing more people than any other industry. Beyond quantitative impact, exploring new places is a powerful way to deepen our understanding of history, nature, and culture (and it can be outrageously fun!)

We collaborate with the titans of travel, empowering them to keep pace with digital disruption. This helps our customers ensure their digital capabilities are at parity with the amazing physical experiences they are known for delivering. 

What sets our technology apart?

Mobi grew out of several labs at MIT in 2012. Over the past 10 years we have come to understand that great technology takes more than amazing code; it also requires art, design, enthusiasm for human psychology, and study of the existing forces in the world. Mobi brings together three key elements:

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Cutting edge technology

Mobi draws upon state of the art techniques including constraint programming, natural language processing, computer vision, and preference learning in order to execute sophisticated collaborative tasks. These tasks include routing, planning, forecasting, preference elicitation, and auto-scaling.

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Understanding of where AI fits in

Even amazing AI fails when its creators don’t understand its strengths and limitations. Knowing how our technology fits with human skills helps us create the best possible user experience to make and execute plans in the real world.

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Real world context

Providing great plans requires a deep understanding of place as well individual needs and preferences. We have created a “genome of place” that characterizes locations beyond simple filters to reveal how, when, and why they fit into plans.

As an algorithm engineer, my role at Mobi is to conquer complex challenges through careful design and implementation. I like to think my job is to say yes. Do you need plans that are far more efficient than what can be done by hand? We can do that. Do you need them to take into account a dozen esoteric and hard to explain constraint? We can handle that. Do you need all of this within thirty seconds, no matter how large or complicated the problem? No problem. We haven't yet said no to a challenge from a customer; that's why we succeed and that's why I love working here.

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Jacob Broida
Senior Algorithm Engineer at Mobi

As a member of the Data Science team, I am working on solving machine learning problems on both structured and unstructured data, with a major focus around Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning.

There is a perfect combination of challenge and excitement working at Mobi. The team moves really fast and always seeks the state-of-art solution to problems, with a balance of efficiency. I enjoy the level of challenge we face, and I’m highly motivated by the support that backs us up, as Mobi has an excellent teamwork environment and a culture of care.

Minjiao (Joyce) Wang
Data Scientist
at Mobi

Leadership Team

Our team brings together the best of academic research and industry expertise

Anna Jaffe
CEO
My goal with Mobi is to build technology that keeps humanity in the loop in our rising age of AI.
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Anna Jaffe
CEO

"My goal with Mobi is to build technology that keeps humanity in the loop in our rising age of AI.

Today we have the privilege of working with some of the highest impact hospitality and mobility companies on the planet: companies who are defining how we as a species travel and explore, building tools for them that blend quietly into the background while allowing the world to come to life at their customers’ fingertips. My job is to ensure we have the best team, product, and partners, and that we make every customer substantially more money than we charge them.”

 

Anna brings more than 12 years experience leading global organizations to solve complex, distributed challenges. She has led teams of more than 500, built an organization with teams on every continent except Antarctica, and been invited to keynote with the Woz, Bill Clinton, and Leonard Nimoy. Her work was featured in a full length documentary on the Discovery Channel, the New York Times, and FastCompany.


Peng Yu
CTO
Through the work we do with every solution we find, we have a direct impact on people's lives.
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Peng Yu
CTO

"Through the work we do with every solution we find, we have a direct impact on people's lives.

I am confident that our approach will help improve the quality of life of many people at home and while they travel. We are the team behind our customers to support the launch of new products or to significantly improve improve current offerings. We are also collaborators in tackling new business and technical challenges in their industry. This support is bi-directional in many cases and personally very fulfilling: often I found our customers providing valuable feedback for us to discover new problems, solutions, and inspire our path forward.”

 

Peng did his PhD at MIT in CSAIL, the computer science and artificial intelligence lab, through MERS focused on planning under uncertain conditions. This work took him into the deep sea with WHOI, into the air with Boeing, and into our cities with Toyota. As Mobi’s CTO, he has turned MAPS into a technology platform that in a fraction of a second can solve problems it would traditionally take supercomputers a week to solve.

Yingxiang Yang
Chief Research Officer
My goal is to return real ROI to customers by offering critical capabilities in the beginning of the relationship — and transformational capabilities later on.
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Yingxiang Yang
Chief Research Officer

"My goal is to return real ROI to customers by offering critical capabilities in the beginning of the relationship — and transformational capabilities later on."

Yingxiang joined Mobi after stints planning for Rio in Brazil, transportation in Austria and China, and doing demand prediction for parking with a start-up in San Francisco. At MIT, his work focused on processing digital trace data to understand the intent of individuals — who they were, what they were doing, where they were going, and what they might need. He is constantly pushing his knowledge of the state of the art as well as its limitations, and he keeps the entire team grounded in the reality of where technology can play a role and also where the human mind should dominate.


Porter Orr
CBO
My passion is to help organizations solve formidable problems with technical products that harness emerging technologies at their core.
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Porter Orr
CBO

"My passion is to help organizations solve formidable problems with technical products that harness emerging technologies at their core. My role at Mobi is to help our customers identify how Mobi’s next-gen solutions can solve their most challenging problems and provide significant competitive advantages.

I am honored to work with the talented team at Mobi, where I have the utmost confidence in their ability to deliver value for our customers. In my past positions, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of early-stage companies, many of whom have great tech and talented teams. Mobi represents the top-tier of these companies, as I have witnessed them routinely solve and deliver on the most challenging problems.”


Porter has spent years working with, and leading, enterprise product innovation teams, turning concepts into scaled products. With experience at The Walt Disney Company, the US Army, and Unum Group, Porter knows how to build and scale emerging tech products within the largest of multinational organizations. Porter also served for 10 years in the US Navy as an officer and pilot. He holds an MBA from MIT and a BS in Computer Science & Business from Pepperdine University. 

Wan Chi Lau
VP, Strategic Partnerships
Lots of startups want to tackle ‘big interesting problems,’ Mobi actually does. I’m at Mobi because of the quality of crew, the scale of the problem Mobi is tackling, and the freedom to go after the solutions… a hat-trick not easily found elsewhere.
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Wan Chi Lau
VP, Strategic Partnerships

"Lots of startups want to tackle ‘big interesting problems,’ Mobi actually does. I’m at Mobi because of the quality of crew, the scale of the problem Mobi is tackling, and the freedom to go after the solutions… a hat-trick not easily found elsewhere.

Having been in the center of the digital photography revolution at Avalon, Agfa, and Kodak, I experienced first hand the speed of change. Managing $100M annual deliverables between large pharma for a biotech showed me how to handle the demands of partnerships. Addressing the daily realities of a major airline partner responsible for 10% of the company’s revenue made me understand the importance of being an advocate for the partner inside our company and a representative of our company when working with the partner.

 

In short, I have experienced the patterns of partnerships, understand the pain points, and can propose paths forward. Mobi’s AI-based B2B personalization technologies are applicable in a broad range of markets. Finding the right partners is as important as enhancing their capabilities with Mobi technologies.”

 

Wan joined Mobi after earning his black belt in Aikido and managing ITA’s largest customer relationship leading into ITA’s 700M+ sale to Google. Calm, cool, and collected no matter the situation and tremendously experienced at blending high tech into big business processes, Wan is the person to call in any crisis.

Murtagh Hunt
VP, Operations
As the oldest of 6 children, I bring all my life experience to customer support including the frustration, empathy, sharing, communicating, compromise, and honesty.
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Murtagh Hunt
VP, Operations

"As the oldest of 6 children, I bring all my life experience to customer support including the frustration, empathy, sharing, communicating, compromise, and honesty."

Murtagh has over 15 years of senior leadership, building teams with technology startups. He built what became 24/7 support from the ground up at ITA Software, a flight search company for all the major airline carriers in the US and abroad. Google acquired ITA (now known as Google Flights) in 2011. He then ran their support worldwide. While at Google, Murtagh was also tapped by the acquisitions team for initial assessments, scoping, and integration to Google infrastructure for recently closed Google deals.

Mike Peterson
Director, People and Performance
Superior product needs an impeccably managed company in order to deliver its full potential.
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Mike Peterson
Director, People and Performance

"Superior product needs an impeccably managed company in order to deliver its full potential.

At Mobi, I oversee all operations, from creating and delivering on financial forecasts to hiring the most talented and capable team. In addition, I manage contracts and client relationships to ensure every interaction is built on a core of credibility, integrity, flexibility, reliability, and stability. My top priority is to build a company where our clients and consumers hold deep trust and respect for the rewards that our technology provides.”

 

Mike brings more than 18 years experience as president and COO of KBACE Technologies, which he grew from the ground up to 80M in revenue and more than 300 employees, delivering Oracle Cloud solutions to companies that included Panasonic, General Electric, CBS, Cisco, TJX, PPG, and Hertz.

Qilong Wang
VP, Engineering
I am passionate about leveraging technology to help people get around in a cleaner, safer and more efficient manner.
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Qilong Wang
VP, Engineering

"I am passionate about leveraging technology to help people get around in a cleaner, safer and more efficient manner.

I am responsible for the development and delivery of Mobi’s machine learning-based software suite that does complex routing, planning, and analytics for business, leisure and day-to-day use cases. At Mobi, I have the opportunity to lead the engineering team to drive growth for our business as well as for our customers.”

 

Qilong has 15 plus years of experience of leading globally distributed teams to implement high performance on-premises and cloud-based SaaS applications. He joins Mobi from SilverRail (acquired by Expedia), where he was a Director of Engineering and oversaw the implementation of the industry’s first global distribution system specializing in rail travel. Prior to this, Qilong held leadership positions at Dynatrace and Gomez (acquired by Compuware).

Brian Williams
Chief Scientist
My aim is to ensure we are always aware of the cutting edge and that any results we return are robust, resilient and responsive.
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Brian Williams
Chief Scientist

"My aim is to ensure we are always aware of the cutting edge and that any results we return are robust, resilient and responsive."

Brian joined Mobi’s team as chief scientist to ensure we are always aware of the cutting edge and that any results we return are robust, resilient, and responsive. When not working with Mobi, Brian is a tenured professor at MIT and leader of MIT’s Model-based and Embedded and Robotic Systems Groups. He has been applying the approaches we leverage at Mobi to deep sea exploration, search and rescue, the exploration of space, and autonomous vehicles for more than 20 years. He worked on NASA’s Deep Space One probe flight team, the first program to use fully autonomous, self-repairing explorer, and is on the advisory council at NASA’s JPL labs. He recently stepped down as president of the Executive Council of the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling.

Investors

Our investors bring industry expertise, venture connections, and experience scaling valuations from a hundred million to a billion dollars

Firefly venture partnersRPM VenturesEnterprise Holdings

“Travel is nearly 10 percent of the global economy, eager for digital transformation, and ripe for this new category of planning technology. We’re thrilled to back a female-founded company that is so rich in cultural diversity, technical talent, and growth potential.”

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Julie Maples
General Partner
FYRFLY Venture Partners