Consider us your data lab


Austin Labs was founded to address the fast growing need for high-quality data science across organizations. Very large enterprises set up private research labs to meet this need internally. Our founders noticed that for most organizations, lacking expertise in the area, creating a data science lab presents far too many challenges - attracting quality data scientists, finding funding to maintain the group at a full-time level, and validating the quality of work being performed in the lab. Instead of forming a science group internally from scratch, enterprises can now rapidly add data-driven intelligence to their processes through Austin Labs.


Sushil Verma, PhD
President and CTO

Over last twenty years, Sushil has invented multiple data-driven applications in the areas of demand management, pricing, supply-chain, healthcare and machine-learning. Prior to Austin Labs, he was the principal scientist at Enumerica, SignalDemand (now Pros), MarketWiz (now Allegis) and i2 technologies (now JDA Software). He holds multiple patents in data-driven applications. SignalDemand products won the  'Cool Vendor of the Year' award from Gartner Research in 2008. At i2, he was member of theSemiconductor Master Planning team whose flagship product won the Semiconductor International Editor's Choice in 1999. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Operations Research.


Dave Brown
Sr. VP of Sales

Dave has been a leader and innovator in the food industry for over fifteen years. He brings a vision to revolutionize the food industry through a data-driven approach to decision making. Prior to Austin Labs, Dave was the Senior Director of Business Management at Smithfield, the largest pork producer in the world.  At Smithfield and earlier at Farmland and John Morrell, he has been involved in virtually all aspects of business management functions in the food industry. He has led sales, managed products, and run scheduling and operations. While there, Dave oversaw building and adoption of modern software tools such as Product Availability System, Scheduling, and Inventory Management, which are still in use today.  Dave has a MS in Agronomy, & an MBA from Kansas State University.


Renato Akamine
General Manager, Brazil

With deep knowledge in revenue management, supply chain optimization and SaaS, Renato has spent the last decade running major business optimization projects in food, steel and retail industries. Before Austin Labs, he worked as a pricing manager at JBS, the world's largest meat supplier, becoming a pioneer in pricing in that industry. In addition, he also managed absorption of companies acquired during his tenure there - Doux Frangosul and Pilgrim's Pride. Previously, Renato led revenue management groups at Sadia SA. He graduated with emphasis in Trading at MacKenzie University. He has a MBA from FIA-USP.



Simon Drake

Simon has spent the last fifteen years designing and implementing data-driven revenue management models in the retail and manufacturing verticals. Prior to Austin Labs, he was the Director of Services at SignalDemand. His responsibilities included architecting analytical solutions to address customer's business challenges and guiding the customer from project kick-off to full adoption. Earlier, Simon Led a team of scientific consultants at KhiMetrics, a path-breaking price optimization company in the retail space, which was acquired by SAP. At Capgemini, he worked with several large retailers, designing their pricing and promotional processes. He graduated with B.S. in Theoretical Physics from York University, England.



Jerry Loethen
VP of Data Engineering

Jerry has been a data architect for twenty years solving challenging data storage, warehousing and processing problems at companies such as Anheuser-Busch/In-Bev, SeaWorld, Nestle-Purina, Charter Communications, Mastercard and SignalDemand (now PROS), using the entire gamut of SQL and NoSQL technologies. Immediately prior to joining Austin Labs Jerry managed international customers at PROS, both large- and medium-scaled, in the fields of revenue management. As a decidedly customer-centric services leader, he has successfully led large implementation teams in the fields of health care, payment technology, entertainment, supply chain and food production. Jerry graduated from the University of Missouri, Rolla with a B.S. in Computer Science.



Newton Neiva
Director of Growth and Business Strategy, Brazil

Newton brings 15 years of experience in pricing and revenue management in both the retail and food industry. He has participated in the design and implementation of pricing optimizations in some of the largest companies in Brazil. Before Austin Labs, he served at JBS Foods, supporting their successful turnaround process through pricing recovery. Previously at Sadia SA, Newton was also involved in revenue management of frozen food and margarine categories. At GPA, Brazil's largest retail company, he managed discounts and pricing research in the company's first adoption of pricing science. He graduated in business administration at FAAP. He has a post-graduate degree in Marketing Management from ESPM.




Tom Ward

Tom is a seasoned technology sales professional specializing in developing new data-driven applications markets and sales oganizations to penetrate them. He is currently a Vice President at Rootstock Software, a leading provider of cloud ERP solutions.  Prior to that, as Vice President of Sales, Tom built sales organizations at technology innovators such as SignalDemand (acquired by Pros) and  Instill Corporation (acquired by iTradeNetwork), selling revenue management, supply chain and trade-spend management solutions to major food manufacturers and foodservice operators. Previously, Mr. Ward was with a reseller of i2 Technologies, successfully selling supply chain optimization solutions to mid-sized manufacturing and retail companies. Mr. Ward holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.


Peter Beling

Peter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA), which he joined after receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Research from UC Berkeley. Peter’s expertise is in the area of decision making in complex systems, with emphasis on Bayesian scoring models, machine learning, and mathematical optimization. His research has found application in a variety of domains, including lender and consumer credit decision making, analysis of high frequency trading strategies, and man-machine decision systems. He is the founder of the Financial Engineering Research Group at UVA.

Open Positions

Senior Data Scientist

We're looking for a senior data scientist with five years of experience in manufacturing. Additional experience in retail and healthcare is preferred.



  • PhD in a quantitative discipline
  • Proficiency in one of the following: Matlab, R, SPSS
  • Near proficiency in one of the following: Python, Perl
  • Experienced in using at least one SQL and one NoSQL data storage ecosystems

Software Engineer

Austin Labs is looking to add a software engineer to the platform development team. If you get excited about building application platforms, love data, and adore working in a startup environment, talk to us. 



  • Strong CS fundamentals
  • Proficiency in Python
  • Proficiency in at least one rapid application development environment. Ruby on Rails preferred
  • Proficiency in at least one NoSQL ecosystem. Cassandra preferred.
  • Proficiency in linux-based development environment


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