Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
My name is Ganna. I am the founder and CEO of Claraphone, traveler, explorer and chief of mischief.
What are you working on?
At Claraphone we are building an automated, real-time accent-editing technology for phone calls and teleconferencing.
How did you get into your current field?
I am a serial immigrant. I lived in four countries and worked in six. I was fortunate to work in an international environment since the beginning of my carrere. I noticed that accents can cause a lot of friction in virtual and remote teams. So many things get "lost" in translation! I decided to solve this problem once and for all with the technology
What is Claraphone's mission?
Our goal is to help 1.7 English-speakers around the world understand each other better and enable more international collaboration.
What challenges and successes has Claraphone encountered along the way?
Our core technology is greenfield - it means no one builds anything like our product yet. It is hard to build something out of nothing based on the idea alone with no resources. I have been fortunate to find a skilled technical co-founder and later our lead engineer. We made great progress on the product. Now I am focusing lot's of effort on raising our first round of financing. The fundraising has been particularly challenging during Covid pandemic. I hope to be able to report success in that soon enough.
What are your goals?
To build an amazing product that helps people be understood better. Build fair and diverse global company and community.
Do you have a mentor?
I am a believer in mentorship. Of course I have a mentor. I had a couple of them throughout my career. Right mentor can help a great deal.
Do you mentor anyone?
I am a San Francisco Lead for WomanInAI: international do-tank working toward gender equality in AI. I support and mentor our summer interns.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field?
Be agile and go where the opportunities are. Learn new skills as you go - it is so important. Aim as high as you can imagine. Persevere when things are getting tough(!)
What's the best and worst advice you have received?
I got so many of both: the good and the bad. One bad advice that comes to mind was: "if you want a happy family life, you have to deprioritize work and put your partner first". I don't think I need to elaborate further...
The good one was" Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement. Learning process has a value no matter what's the outcome of your effort ". So true...
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I love radio and follow most of the programs/journalist by NPR.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
I recently started a Twitter account @GTymko: it's brand new but I intend to keep posting.