This is the personal website of William Tunstall-Pedoe.
I’m a British entrepreneur focused on world-changing products powered with Artificial Intelligence and other deep technology. I’m based in Cambridge, England but am frequently in London, Toronto and both coasts of the US. (LinkedIn)
My biggest recent achievement was founding the company Evi (formerly True Knowledge) in 2005. After seven years running the business as a venture capital backed start-up, Amazon acquired us in 2012 and the technology, platform and team became an integral part of Alexa. For more than three years I had a senior product role in the team that defined, built and launched Alexa and the very successful Amazon Echo product.
After a decade since founding the company and with everything I hoped to achieve delivered successfully, I made the difficult decision to leave Amazon in February 2016.
I now spend a lot of time helping and investing in other startups (e.g. I am a full member of Cambridge Angels and a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab in Toronto – see my angellist profile.) I am also thinking gently about what I want to do next – which will likely be founding another AI-based startup.
Some of my previous unusual projects include being the only person to succeed in programming a computer to solve cryptic crossword clues (more details). I was also the developer of the Anagram Genius software which applies artificial intelligence techniques to the task of finding relevant, amusing anagrams of any subject. Dan Brown used it to create the anagrams that were integral to the plot of the Da Vinci Code book and movie (my name appears in the acknowledgements of all 80 million copies sold). (More details)