Carson Kahn

Goldman Sachs Top 100 Entrepreneur & Fmr. CEO, Volley

Named a Goldman Sachs Top 100 Entrepreneur, Carson Kahn most recently served as CEO (promoted from CTO) of Volley.com, a natural language processing startup of Google alumni backed by $10 million in seed capital from JPMorgan Chase, Zuckerberg Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners spinout Fathomo Capital, and executives from Goldman Sachs, Apple and Facebook.

Carson’s work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Reuters, Dow Jones, CIO, Forbes, EdSurge, VentureBeat, PatternML, NASDAQ, and elsewhere. He have also been tapped for expertise in AI, cybersecurity, and future of work by members of the Senate, Congressional Caucus on AI, and National Economic Council.

Formerly, on the heels of an externship at Google (via the ATLAS Institute), Carson served on the founding team at Vetica.com, which built and exited real-time collaboration platform Draftboard before spinning off Chalk.com, now a widely popular learning analytics platform.

Carson then cofounded and sold first-mover EdTech firm Keystone Learning Systems, one of the first to offer cloud-native learning management systems (LMS) with predictive analytics for the top 6% of private U.S. secondaries, before its exit to noted venture rollup Stirup Partners in 2013.

Carson serves as a Member of the Board of Advisors for Computer Science at the University of Colorado; the Leadership Circle of the Rockefeller Asia Society; the advisory board of two VC firms and the Stanford AI Index; and the Forbes Technology Council on AI & Cybersecurity; and advises a number of venture-backed startups in FinTech, AI, PaaS, CleanTech, and security.

When “offline”, Carson can frequently be found on the floor of a racquetball court, or moonlighting behind a jazz piano.