Where industry knowledge

meets AdvanCed data science and AI

Our software eliminates the need to hire a team of data scientists in house

Annually, millions of dollars are spent on information acquisition, processing and storage, which in most cases are never used.

Austin Data Labs was founded to meet this growing need for extracting value from the ever-increasing amount of high-quality data generated by your business.

We unlock hidden value in your supply chain, starting with the data you already have





Food and Bev




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Executive Team

Sushil Verma
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.

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.



Dave Brown
Dave Brown


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.

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.

Renato Akamine

General Manager, Br

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.

Newton Neiva
Newton Neiva

Growth and Strategy Director, Br

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.

Robert Martin
Robert Martin


Investment and business operations executive with proven experience in creating value for entrepreneurial, high-growth, venture-backed companies.

Expert in analytic research, financial modeling, corporate strategic planning and managing new product development. Experienced in commercializing new technology and leading teams.

Harvard MBA. M.Eng Industrial Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Dual USA and UK citizenship. 

Leslie Poston
Leslie Poston


A marketing executive operating at the intersection of mind, media, tech with a focus on AI, data science, psychology, and innovation.

Leslie’s experience includes McKinsey & Company, Hewlett Packard, Salesforce, and Noodle AI.

A published author and sought-after speaker, she has a BA, magna cum laude, in Organizational Psychology from UMass Amherst and is in grad school at Fielding Graduate University pursuing her combined Master’s and Ph.D. in Media Psychology.

Calso Batista
Celso Batista

Supply Chain Solutions, Br

Celso spent the last 10 years in different Supply Chain and Revenue Management positions around food industry.

At JBS and BRF, he led projects of applied operational research, sales plan collaboration, pricing forecast and demand forecast.

He graduated in Production Engineering at Mauá, he has a specialist degree in Meat Technology at Ital and a MBA from FGV.

Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson

Director of Engineering

Rick has been a software engineer and developer for more than 35 years. He has a keen eye toward designing customer-centric solutions and pulls from extensive experience across many industries.

For the last 18 years Rick has been focused primarily on web technologies. He is a strong leader and consistently drives successful project delivery by promoting egoless, collaborative, and empowered teamwork.

Rick studied computer science at Northeastern University in Boston. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he developed software to support air crews and global logistics.

Hamish Keston
Hamish Keston

Senior VP Business Development

Hamish has extensive dairy experience, having spent 17 years at Fonterra across a variety of roles. Most recently he was General Manager Optimization and Planning, leading a team of 20 who optimized manufacturing across 90 factories and 2.8 million MT of sales. This equated to over USD10B in revenue and included consumer, food service, and ingredients products.

Prior to this he held roles in Australia looking after 1/2 billion in export sales to China, Middle East, Japan, and South East Asia. Over the past ten years he was involved in establishing a commodity risk and trading function that has now expanded to 130 people.

Even Davidson
Evan Davidson

Principal Data Scientist

Evan has been working in the field of optimization data science for the past 15 years, prototyping, building, and implementing pricing and revenue management models in a variety of industries, including fashion and consumer goods retail, transportation, import and export logistics, and food production.  Prior to Austin Labs, he managed the Data Science team and was the Lead Data Scientist at Wiser Solutions, working to incorporate machine learning, forecasting, and optimization based e-commerce retail pricing into competitor-driven rules based pricing software.  Previous to that, he was a Senior Optimization Scientist at SignalDemand (now PROS).  Prior to receiving his doctorate, he worked at ProfitLogic (now part of Oracle Retail) as an Associate Scientist.  He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with B.S.’s in Mathematics and Management, and later from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research.

Diogo Rossatto
Diogo Rossatto

Senior Manager of Data Engineering

Over the last 17 years, Diogo has worked in systems development, data integration, and creating user end interfaces. His
expertise is in management and database optimization.

Before Austin Data Labs, he spent 13 years optimizing business processes around
Supply Chain, Exports, Logistics, Finance, Pricing and Sales areas at JBS,
defining complex solutions from analysis to implementation. His work was implemented in Brazil,
Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
He also lead projects in developing Mobile (IOS/Android) and Web applications,
consolidating a high volume of data from different platforms, and making it
available real time.

He graduated in Systems Information at UMC, with a specialization in Project
Management focused on Technology Information at Mackenzie University.

Sachin Reja
Sachin Reja
Senior Data Engineer

Sachin has over 15 years of application development and integration experience working for several well know CPG and automotive brands. He specializes in SAP with strong understanding of OTC, Manufacturing and Production Planning processes.

Sachin has over 12 years of consulting experience working at forefront of major business transformation projects. With deep understanding of what matters most for business and customers, he is always driven to deliver excellence.

He has strong program management background overseeing multi-million dollar initiative and ensuring success. Prior to Austin labs Sachin worked at Smithfield Foods where he is credited for several application implementations including demand planning and production scheduling.

Sachin has a Bachelor of Engineer degree in Computer Science from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University and enjoys working on AI technologies.


We're Hiring

Open Positions

Head of Sales - Brasil

We are looking for a Head of Sales with 5+ years of experience in Complex SAAS Sales in Brazil. Additional experience in the Food or Oil and Gas Industry is preferable.

• Robust Knowledge in Complex Sales
• Fluent English and Spanish
• Immense interpersonal skills
• Rhythm and intensity to deal with exponential growth

Pre-Sales Intern

We are looking for Interns to reinforce our Pre-Sales team. If you are able to communicate verbally, are enthusiastic about building relationships and are enchanted by the environment of startups and technology, contact us.

• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Ability to relate technical concepts to SAAS applications and users’ needs.
• Ability to work and learn independently and as part of a team.
• Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques to obtain Leads.
• Preferential Training Area in Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science or Marketing
• Fluent English