Our Story

Our Mission

At PullString, we strive to help people talk effortlessly with the technology that surrounds us. 

Working at the intersection of creative expression and artificial intelligence, we provide companies with the leading solution for building and deploying highly engaging voice applications.

Our solution, PullString Converse, has powered millions of conversations and successfully supported the largest, branded experiences in the market.

Our History

PullString was founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives to realize the dream of higher fidelity computer conversation.

PullString has offered the most powerful technology, tools, and techniques in market for designing, prototyping, and publishing voice apps and conversational experiences.

Our cloud-based software has been used by organizations including Mattel, Samsung, Activision, and many others to create award-winning conversational experiences. 

PullString is based in San Francisco, CA, and is backed by leading firms including Greylock Partners, Charles River Ventures, Khosla Ventures, True Ventures, and First Round Capital.

 

Leadership Team

Renee Adams

Renée Adams

Renée is co-founder and Head of Operations for PullString. Renée's background centers mainly around Program Management where she's worked on a variety of projects for all aspects of business. At Apple Computer, where Renée spent four years, she worked on projects for IS&T, Americas Operations and Logistics, and Retail Development. After leaving Apple, Renée joined Pixar Animation Studios where she spent nearly eight years as part of the Studio Tools software team. While there, Renée headed up the Project Management team on the next generation software effort as well as managed the department budget and hiring. Renée completed her MBA with a focus in Organizational Behavior and Change Management at night while working for Pixar. When she’s not working at PullString, you can find Renée hanging out with her family or shopping for shoes.

Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael Fitzpatrick

Michael is President and Chief Operating Officer at PullString, where he leads transformational efforts in moving the company’s award winning software and creative services capabilities towards cloud-based products and service offerings. Michael is passionate about building and empowering teams at PullString to drive product innovation and enable global businesses to achieve their dreams in computer conversation. Prior to PullString, Michael was CEO and Co-Founder of ConnectSolutions, and a product executive at Adobe, Macromedia, Siebel Systems, and Vignette. If he was not working at PullString, Michael would be a backup guitarist for the Allman Brothers.

Mike Houlahan

Mike Houlahan

As Head of Channels, Mike works with leading platform and technology companies seeking to engage with their customers at scale through computer conversation on messaging platforms. He was most recently General Manager at RIDEMAKERZ, a specialty retailer and toy company. And previously, Mike was head of global product marketing for the gaming, reading, and toy groups at LeapFrog where he helped develop and launch award-winning, interactive products such as the LeapPad, Tag Junior, and My Pal Scout. Mike began his professional career at Bain & Company, where he worked for 10 years in the Boston and San Francisco offices. He has a CS degree from Yale University and holds an MBA from Harvard.

Oren Jacob

Oren Jacob

Before co-founding PullString as CEO, Oren was an Entrepreneur in Residence at August Capital. A filmmaker and technologist, he spent more than 20 years at Pixar, most recently as Chief Technical Officer and Director of the Studio Tools group. His feature film credits include Toy Story and Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, and Supervising Technical Director for Finding Nemo. Oren also helped found Pixar University and taught animation at the Academy of Art College for seven years. Oren currently teaches "Lean Launchpad" courses with Steve Blank at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and for the NSF. He has been a speaker on panels at SXSW, Sundance, and ToyFair. Oren plans to drop all of this in a heartbeat to become a pro snowboarder the minute that first sponsor shows up.

Thomas Kanar

Thomas Kanar

Tom is a CPA by background and is serving in the capacity as Chief Financial Officer. He has worked in a similar role over the last fifteen years with a number of venture and private equity backed companies including a number of Saas companies. Tom works collaboratively with the employees, management team and investors to utilize historical and forward – looking data to set business strategy and drive business results. He is accustomed to navigating the choppy waters often associated with young growing businesses and has successfully assisted many companies with devising course corrections and adjustments to respond to changing business conditions for improved performance.

Patrick Ku

Patrick Ku

As Head of Solutions, Patrick works with all PullString customers to make their computer conversation dreams a concrete reality. Starting as a software engineer on the PullString platform, Patrick is excited to bring technical product knowledge and apply it to specific customer needs throughout the sales and onboarding process. Before PullString, Patrick spent nine years at DreamWorks Animation as a Technical Director bridging the gap between art and technology. He earned his Computer Science degree with a 3D Animation minor from the University of Southern California. A whisky enthusiast, Patrick accepts payment in the form of scotch.

Guillaume Privat

Guillaume Privat

Guillaume is Vice President Product at PullString, where he leads product strategy and design. His mission is to combine art and science to create the simplest experience to design, prototype and publish voice applications. Before joining PullString, he held various product executive positions in Adobe’s Digital Media and Digital Marketing business units, Macromedia, Siebel Systems, and Grameen. When not working at PullString, Guillaume produces Olive Oil from a grove in the South of France.

Martin Reddy

Martin Reddy

Martin is co-founder and CTO at PullString, where he leads the company's engineering efforts. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, authored half a dozen patents, and written two books, including "API Design for C++." Martin spent five years in the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI International and then six years at Pixar where he led the development of the studio's internal filmmaking software for films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and WALL-E. Martin was founder and CEO of Code Reddy Inc. where he managed various projects including improvements to the Second Life client for Linden Lab. Martin is a Senior Member of the IEEE and was also the hair model for Mr. Incredible.

Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Daniel is Head of Customer Success. Since joining PullString in 2014, Daniel has held a number of roles spanning analytics, product, demand generation, and business development. Before working at PullString, he was a senior member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked on a number of domestic and international programs. Daniel holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, with minors in Management and Entrepreneurship.

We're Hiring!

The culture of PullString is vibrant and diverse. Engineers and scientists work on AI, NLP and the expansion of our software. The team has been collaborating for more than 5 years to pioneer a new era of computer conversation, and the company culture that has emerged is one of constant enthusiasm, creativity, insight and momentum.

Working in the conversation field, it’s been important to us to assemble an office full of thoughtful and respectful communicators. Our culture is one of transparency, trust and support. We enjoy each other's company, work hard to remove each other's roadblocks, and give credit where credit is due.  Join us!

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