Zeesha Currimbhoy leads the Augmented Intelligence (AI) team at Evernote. The AI team is responsible for improving the Evernote experience by evolving the app’s ability to anticipate what will help people work better. We asked Zeesha some questions about Evernote’s vision for how AI will reshape the way the world works.
What is augmented intelligence at Evernote and why is it so relevant today?
At Evernote, we believe the best software experience combines the strategic thinking and creativity of the human mind with the massive computational power of machines.
The more you use Evernote, the better it should understand how you work, think, and live.
It should be able to amplify your innate mental abilities with just the right amount of machine intelligence to make you more productive, smarter, and more in control of your life.
Over the last decade, our access to information has shifted from scarcity to overload. We also now have smaller, faster processors powering devices like smartwatches that can show rich contextual information. This shift opens up the landscape for relevant, dynamic experiences that solve the information needs of our users.
Tell us about Context and how it supports Evernote users’ work.
Context is about helping you do your best work by surfacing high-quality, relevant content to assist you in making smarter decisions. By adding this depth of information to your notes when you need it the most, Context enhances your work with new information you might not have otherwise known about.
And all this happens just as a function of working in Evernote. The information we surface comes from several places: your own prior work within Evernote, related work from colleagues, and highly relevant external content in the form of news and people that will make you more well-informed about the subject.
Do you have a vision for creating a better Evernote experience?
Not so long ago, having a laptop or a smartphone was a luxury. Today, people often have multiple devices, including wearables. If you think of the Evernote experience, there is rich content being created and consumed on all of our devices, but in very different manners.
The way you use Evernote on your laptop is not indicative of how you would use it on your watch. But users don’t need to understand the differences between platforms. We want Evernote to be able to understand how you interact with different devices, the content you create, your interests, and the context for your work, and from that be able to present the most optimal experience for you at that given time.
How does Evernote factor its users’ privacy into these types of feature innovations?
All of our Context features are based entirely on sophisticated algorithms developed in-house. No user data leaves the boundaries of our service, so users’ content is always secure.
What has your experience been as a woman in tech?
For me personally it has been great! To me there is nothing more rewarding than building stuff that changes or touches the lives of millions, and doing it while always being surrounded by highly ambitious and motivated individuals. To be completely honest though, it does get a little lonely not having as many women in the field.
What do you like best about working for Evernote?
Hands down it’s the culture and the people! I have never worked at an organization with such a level of openness. The culture at Evernote fosters a lot of great ideas and respect for one another. The people are a pleasure to work with—very smart, driven, and most important, super passionate about the product and making a difference.