Tomi Poutanen

Founder, Signal 1 AI Inc

Role: Fellow

Site: CDL-Toronto

Stream: Artificial Intelligence

Tomi is the cofounder of Layer 6 AI, which was recently acquired by TD Bank. He’s the cofounder and CTO of, an online service providing a unique platform for people to discuss and curate music and other cultural content. Prior to Milq, Tomi founded Optimized Search Algorithms, which was sold to Yahoo. While at Yahoo, Tomi was the founder of a search-engine related advertising business, Paid Inclusion, which grew to a $200M-per-year business. He also served as the head of Yahoo?s International search operations. He cofounded Data Compression Technologies in his university days, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996.