Time Machine 2018: Charlie Burgoyne, Astrophysicist-Turned-Entrepreneur
Most startups don’t make a profit for two or three years. However, Charlie Burgoyne’s young company, Valkyrie Intelligence, turned a profit within its first year of operation. This is less surprising than it may seem, as Burgoyne’s brainchild fulfills an emerging need for organizations in multiple industries.
Valkyrie Intelligence is the fusion of applied science and strategy consulting. Valkyrie scientists use AI techniques to transform data into intelligence, solving complex problems for multi-industry clients like corporate executives and federal government officials. As Founder and CEO, Burgoyne brings his data science expertise together with his skills as a collaborator to spearhead this small but elite company of consultants.
Burgoyne’s experience is impressive, to say the least. He started his career as an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and then went on to serve as Associate Nuclear Physicist for National Security Technologies within the Department of Energy. Following this, he held upper-management positions in data science at companies such as Rosetta Stone, Mach 1, and frog.
With a foundation in astrophysics, Burgoyne earned his Master’s degree in theoretical physics. Burgoyne believes in unified theory, or that a framework of physics exists that explains and links together events that are seemingly unrelated. Joining the likes of Albert Einstein and Douglas Hofstadter, Burgoyne seeks answers to some of the universe’s most pressing questions. He believes if the right data is gathered, the right hypotheses formed, and the right model for experimentation designed, these answers can be found during his lifetime. This thinking is visible in Burgoyne’s work with physics and AI thus far, as he is continually pushing the boundaries of possibility.
Burgoyne has already proven himself an impressive, successful leader in astrophysics and data science. At Time Machine 2018, he’ll be sharing some of that expertise with attendees, explaining why progress in AI is dependent on our model of sentience.
As Time Machine 2018 approaches, we’re pleased to highlight some of the global executives, cultural innovators, and industry trailblazers who will be speaking at the conference.