Our Team

We build software that helps tackle the simple and complex real-world problems people face when working towards a common goal.

Exaptive was founded on the idea that innovation doesn’t have to wait for serendipity; innovation can be facilitated. When a tool, technique, or method developed to solve a specific problem gets co-opted in a completely different domain and completely different context to become an innovative solution, that’s exaptation. Bringing collaborators with a mix of shared and unique perspectives together is a formula for exaptation. We built the Cognitive City® platform to bring together people, data, and analysis tools to do just that.

We got started in 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A small team spent their first few years incubating the platform while generating revenue through services engagements. In 2014, we relocated headquarters to Oklahoma City and raised seed funding. Since then we have proudly grown our revenue, our team, and our impact several times over.

Dave King
Dave King - Founder & CEO

David King founded Exaptive in 2011 to facilitate hypothesis-generation and innovation using data. Frustrated that discovery was often hindered by software and that discovery often hinged on serendipity, Dave was driven to build a software ecosystem that facilitates unexpected, cross-disciplinary connections and yields more Aha! moments for data scientists, researchers, developers, statisticians, and everyone who needs to make better decisions from data.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Dave has spent 15 years working in software development – from system architecture and large-scale database design, to the psychology of user interfaces, to managing software development teams. During 12 years at SynQor, Inc., where he was chief software architect and IT director, he pioneered paperless manufacturing information systems and developed an industry-leading component-level tracking system that received accolades from customers including Cisco Systems, Intel, EMC, Compaq, and Nortel Networks.

Dave has presented about his approach to working with data at software development, Big Data, and life sciences conferences worldwide.

Terri Gilbert
Terri Gilbert, PhD - Director of Education and Discovery

Terri Gilbert has 15+ years experience in Scientific Communication, in particular using data and visualization tools to help people solve complex problems. Terri established the education programs at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and joined the team at Exaptive to help develop the Cognitive City Platform, create an education component for users, as well as train people to use this dynamic interface to solve their wicked problems.

Terri is a neuroscientist by training, and as such is passionate about and accountable for engaging users of the Exaptive Cognitive City platform by creating experiences that are emotionally linked to what people care about the most. She works remotely out of Seattle, WA but is a lover of travel so could be anywhere.