JESSE KRISS
Co-Founder & Partner


Data Visualization & User-Centered Design
 
Jesse is an expert on data visualization, web technology, and user interface design, and has been designing and implementing web-based interfaces and systems since 1997.

In 2005, he joined IBM Research as one of the initial members of Martin Wattenberg’s Visual Communication Lab (VCL) prototyping interactive information visualization systems. During his five-year tenure at the VCL, he served as lead developer for Many Eyes, a collaborative visualization tool that allows users to gather data, visualize it, and discuss their visualizations, as well as the Visualization Lab for The New York Times.

Since IBM, Jesse has worked as a independent consultant in the areas of web development, human-computer interaction, and information visualization for a range of clients, including Stanford University and Figure 53. He also helped reelect a president as a senior member of the Tech Team at Obama for America. From 2012 to 2016, Jesse served as Senior Design Lead in the Human Interfaces Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). He received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award for work he completed with six colleagues at JPL in 2014-2015 called OnSight which enables scientists to work virtually on Mars using HoloLens goggles. Jesse is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Netflix.


Climate Risk Research

Jesse served as Director of Technology for Vision Prize, a polling platform for capturing scientific meta-knowledge on climate risks and solutions, from 2010 through 2015. The research program — which informs our investment strategy and analytic tools — operates in collaboration with the UK’s Institute of Physics (IOP Publishing), and is affiliated with researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.


Education & Mentoring

Jesse has a B.A. in music from Carleton College, Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and serves as a graduate student advisor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.