Ali Yahya is a partner on the a16z crypto investment team. Before a16z, he was a software engineer and machine learning researcher at Google X and Google Brain, where he worked on learning algorithms for robotic manipulation and on Google’s open source machine learning library, TensorFlow.
Ali discovered the Bitcoin whitepaper in 2010 as a computer science undergraduate at Stanford University. He became fascinated by the implications and went down the rabbit hole. While at Stanford, Ali did research with Professors David Mazieres, Nick McKeown, and David Cheriton at the intersection of computer security, networking, and distributed systems.