At Forethought, our mission is to use AI technology to augment human abilities and make everyone “a genius at their job”. Meet the team that set the wheels in motion.

The Team

Deon Nicholas


Deon is the Founder of Forethought. Previously, Deon built products and infrastructure at Facebook, Palantir, Dropbox, and Pure Storage. He has ML publications and infrastructure patents, was a World Finalist at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, and was named to Forbes 30 under 30. Originally from Canada, Deon enjoys spending time with his wife and son, playing basketball, and reading as many books as he can get his hands on.

University of Waterloo, B.S.

Sami Ghoche


Sami leads engineering on Forethought’s world-class team, including machine learning research and engineering. Previously, Sami worked on the AI and ML team at LinkedIn improving the relevance of the newsfeed. He was named to Forbes 30 under 30. Sami is originally from Lebanon and is passionate about soccer.

Harvard University M.S., Harvard University B.S. summa cum laude

Colm Doyle

Chief Commercial Officer, Co-founder

Colm was originally an advisor until he was having too much fun working with the team and joined full-time as a co-founder. Colm leads Sales at Forethought and has 17+ years of experience in the area of Information Retrieval. He has worked at all levels of the industry with time spent at Autonomy, Blinkx, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Colm is originally from Ireland and adds much needed European sophistication to an otherwise motley crew.

Trinity College Dublin, B. Sc.

Hyde Patterson


Harvard University B.A.

Samy Hajal

Software Engineering

University of California Berkeley, B.S.

Vladimir Lyubinets

Software Engineering

University of Waterloo, B.S.