Evernote Names Anirban Kundu as CTO

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Evernote Names Anirban Kundu as CTO

Posted by Greg Chiemingo on 11 Jul 2016

Posted by Greg Chiemingo on 11 Jul 2016

Distinguished engineer to lead Evernote’s technology architecture in continued move to scale the business for growth

REDWOOD CITY, CA — Starting today, Anirban Kundu is the new Chief Technology Officer at Evernote. He joins CEO Chris O’Neill’s leadership team to help scale Evernote for continued growth beyond the current 200 million users and more than 5 billion notes and 5 billion attachments those users entrust to Evernote. Kundu is responsible for designing the back-end technology required to help Evernote continue to scale while allowing customers to intelligently consume their data, an opportunity that attracted him to the role.  

Anirban Kundu

“The best thing about Evernote is we already have a large number of users and a tremendous amount of data,” said Kundu. “The challenge is evolving the current infrastructure so that we’re better prepared to reliably scale for the growth of both our customers’ data and our service. Laying those foundations for that core service will not only allow us to grow but will also allow us to focus on building applications that enable our users to retrieve and consume their data in the right context, which is very exciting.”

Kundu brings many years of experience building and leading teams solving similar challenges. At Yahoo! he was responsible for designing and implementing the back-end system that allowed Yahoo! Mail to grow to handle more than 25 billion SMTP connections per day while delivering more than 4.5 billion messages a day. He was also responsible for implementing various core components of the anti-spam infrastructure, including its velocity and traffic-shaping systems while being one of the earliest to incorporate machine learning in the defense against spam.

At GoDaddy, he was responsible for creating the personalization infrastructure that assisted in making cross-sell and up-sell recommendations using machine learning, while setting up the data services infrastructure and leading the Data Sciences teams.  As the United States head of engineering at Shazam, he led the development and implementation of both the video recognition system as well as the core audio recognition system in addition to building out the engineering team.

“Anirban brings the perfect experience developing and operating backend architecture systems and building engineering teams to Evernote,” said Chris O’Neill, Evernote CEO.  “He’s a great fit for our leadership team and his vision for scaling our infrastructure will allow us to create a stronger Evernote that helps unlock the potential of our 200 million users’ ideas by providing just the right information at just the right time.”  

The addition of Kundu completes the new leadership built by O’Neill and puts Evernote in a position to quickly scale and grow the business. “At Evernote, our mission is to help our users unlock the potential of their ideas and with Anirban, we have the team in place to deliver on that mission,” said O’Neill.  

“The thing I love about Evernote is how differently people use it,” Kundu added.  “With 200 million users and 10 billion entities of data, we can use machine learning to make recommendations on what’s most relevant and meaningful to you, so if you’re going on a trip we can surface everything you need, everything you want to see, based on your choices as a user. It’s a very big job and a lot of work, and I couldn’t be more excited to start working on it.”

For more information, contact Greg Chiemingo, Senior Director of Communications. Email: gchiemingo@evernote.com

 

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  • Kruno

    “At GoDaddy, he was responsible for creating the personalization infrastructure that assisted in making cross-sell and up-sell recommendations using machine learning”. I am not sure why we do users should be excited about this. Are you telling us that you will annoy the users in a more efficient ways now? What’s the point of sharing this with users, who on other forums are furious about no new features and higher prices. Who are you trying to charm with this post exactly?

    • GG

      Because it’s a hint of new features.. “cross-sell and up-sell recommendations using machine learning” can clearly be implemented into Evernote in the way that he is saying himself: “we can use machine learning to make recommendations on what’s most relevant and meaningful to you, so if you’re going on a trip we can surface everything you need, everything you want to see, based on your choices as a user” The next step of Evernote is A.I. function which finds the information among your notes that you might have forgotten etc., and presents it in a way that it helps you decide what’s important.

      • Todd

        How about upselling me with a reasonable price for Evernote Plus?

  • Mike Kuplevatsky

    Welcome, Anirban, if you’re reading this! I’m in love with Evernote and with the company itself, so I’m sure the company is in great hands now, you being the CTO. The prices are great, the offerings of the company are nothing short of amazing and technology is innovative. Good luck!

  • BRisa

    Congratulations Anirban. A sign of innovation to us, users. I guess it’s time to go premium:)

  • Brent

    Before implementing fancy things like machine learning can you guys please address the performance issues!?? It’s getting worse and worse and nothing’s changed in the last few years!! I’m debating whether or not to continue.

  • Alberto

    “He joins CEO Chris O’Neill’s leadership team to help scale Evernote for continued growth beyond the current 200 million users”
    Yes, sure, specially with the last great idea: restrict the use on up to 2 devices! You are missing customers right now by thousands. Check your forums, and check your App Store reviews: 2 stars out of 5. Well done!! I remember how ended the last company who forgot to listen to customers, who changed their mind every 6 months, who thought we were just numbers: Springpad. You’re going the same route. Good luck with that!

    • prosen

      Alberto,
      Thank you for your comments. Are you aware that the offer is two devices PLUS the web client? I hope that helps. -Pam R

  • janner

    terrible, they changed the format can’t get any of our notes!

    • prosen

      Hi, there. I’m sorry you’re having some trouble. If you’ll send a tweet to @evernotehelps and describe your issue, they’ll help you there. -Pam R

  • Lee

    So immediately he’s tightening the screws on free usage by restricting devices?! Aargh!

  • Jeffrey

    It’s hard to take the news of Evernote’s new CTO seriously. I am just one of many frustrated Mac users who does not have a voice within Evernote. I finally canceled by Premium membership as did my Son.

    Since August 19, 2013, Mac users have been asking for, actually begging for Evernote to implement what is a trivial coding task which is a feature of any text processing application – Find / Replace!

    https://discussion.evernote.com/topic/52260-mac-find-and-replace/

    What Evernote fails to understand is that to remain relevant in today’s cloud-based market, it is essential to have broad cross-platform compatibility with a native client. And yes, this includes Linux! If Evernote put more of an emphasis on the quality and compatibility of their code base rather than their merchandising and collecting data, we would see better things coming out of Redwood City, CA.