Sean is the CEO and Founder of Primer, a machine intelligence company headquartered in San Francisco. Before Primer, Sean had an illustrious career in academia and the public sector, including a stint in Iraq using algorithms to predict insurgent activity. He spent the last 10 years working with data, machine learning, and visualization. Attempting to understand complex global systems like conflict, financial markets, epidemics, and politics. Sean was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Quid, an augmented-intelligence company and now sits on the Board of Directors at petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company Anadarko. He is a TED Fellow and a member of the Knight Commission. He holds a PhD in physics from Oxford, where his research as a Rhodes Scholar focused on complex systems and the mathematical patterns underlying modern war.