John Whaley SM '99, MEng '99
Founder & CEO
- Unify ID
Other Affiliations : PhD - Stanford
UnifyID was founded in 2015 by John Whaley (MIT MEng, Stanford PhD). UnifyID is the first implicit authentication platform for our mobile lifestyles that requires zero conscious user action. Using unique behavioral factors like the way you walk, type, and move, we can achieve accuracy comparable to a fingerprint. Visit www.unify.id to learn more and check out our current job openings.
Why did you decide to volunteer with the MITCNC?
I’ve been attending events for the last few years and have got a lot out of it, both personally and professionally. I saw an opportunity to help to better leverage data and technology to better connect members with each other and with activities and opportunities that are most relevant to them. Here in Northern California we have the largest MIT community outside of Cambridge, and we have a huge potential to have a big impact.
Tell us a bit about your role with the MITCNC. What are your responsibilities in this position?
We want to use data and technology to increase the strength of our tribe and our community. We work behind the scenes on programs, events, and communications to make them more valuable and relevant to Northern California alumni.
What exciting things can we expect to see from your area of focus in the coming months? (e.g., social events, speakers, etc.)
Improvements on our online presence (website, email correspondence, social networks), improved payment/checkout process, more streamlined event handling and followup, and better targeting of relevant opportunities to our members.
Describe one of your most memorable MIT moments.
Going back to MIT 7 years after graduation and interviewing for a faculty position with some of the Professors who taught my intro classes (6.001, 6.002, 6.004). During one interview, one Professor took a dusty binder off the shelf and looked up my grade in his class.