Pranav received his PhD from Stanford University in 2013, where he was advised by Ashish Goel. Teapot grew out of Pranav's research on using the social network to create trust in online interactions between users. Before Stanford, Pranav built software for personalization and online marketing at Amazon, which generates $100M+ in annual revenue for Amazon.
Ashish is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-leads the Social Algorithms lab. He is one of the world's leading experts on systems and algorithms for large-scale network analysis. He was a research fellow and technical advisor at Twitter from July 2009 to August 2014, where he architected Twitter's early personalization and monetization products.