TellusLabs Company Overview
Who are we?
TellusLabs is a 14 person company based in Davis Square, Somerville. We’re using satellites and machine learning to build a dynamic map of the world’s natural resources.
Why and how are we doing this?
The Planet Earth is an amazing, living thing. Its environment is a dynamic set of systems that provide abundant resources. Human civilization exists because of our ability to understand these systems and harvest their fruit. At TellusLabs, we’re building a map of the planet’s resources that is just as dynamic as the planet itself. We’re creating technology that not only monitors changes, but anticipates them.
To succeed as scientists and entrepreneurs, we need to make really good choices in the tools we use, the problems we want to solve, and the people we collaborate with.
Jobs at TellusLabs
David Potere, PhD
David co-founded Boston Consulting Group’s global data science practice. At TellusLabs, David is combining his love of satellite remote sensing with nearly a decade of practical experience addressing the geospatial and data-driven questions of the Fortune 500. Prior to BCG, David served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy. He received an AB from Harvard College, an MA in satellite remote sensing from Boston University, and a PhD in geo-demography from Princeton.
Mark Friedl, PhD
Mark is an internationally recognized remote sensing scientist. He is the former chair of the Geography and Environment and Earth Sciences departments at Boston University, and a science team member on several NASA, USGS, and ESA remote sensing instrument teams. He has 20+ years experience developing algorithms for the land remote sensing community and delivering global-scale science products.
Head of Product
Greg joins TellusLabs with significant experience building and managing award-winning products across industries and functions. As a product manager for Meridian, BCG’s proprietary spatial analytics platform, Greg supported products and case teams answering location-based questions for Fortune 500 companies around the globe. Previously, Greg worked at a leading electronic medical records company, where he created a consulting service and a product designed to help physicians leverage clinical outcomes in negotiations with insurance companies. Greg holds a B.S. in Management from Tulane University.
Head of Engineering
Ophir has over 15 years of experience managing teams of various sizes at different company stages. Prior to joining TellusLabs, Ophir co-founded his own startup, ITCulate, which developed a unique approach to monitoring and analyzing large, scalable cloud applications. Before that, Ophir was part of the initial team of Onaro, a company later bought by NetApp. Growing in the organization, Ophir eventually led engineering operations for his division, and significantly contributed to the growth of the business. Ophir holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel.
Nick Malizia, PhD
Head of Data Science
Nick has 12+ years of experience working in the field of spatial data science. Formerly a lead data scientist with the Boston Consulting Group, Nick focused on bringing advanced analytical methods to clients in a variety of practices & sectors including retail, banking, healthcare, telecommunications, industrial goods, energy, transportation & logistics. His interests lie at the nexus of spatial analysis, machine learning and operations research. Nick holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University, an M.A. and a B.A. in Geography from Clark University.
General Manager, Business Development
At TellusLabs, our goal is to provide insights from satellite imagery that will help solve the biggest problems surrounding food supply. Our goals are ambitious, and the work isn’t always easy. However, we are committed to maintaining a close-knit environment and working together to get the job done. Look forward to #ramenfridays, ice cream outings, and fun team-building events. Our office also features lots of snacks, cold brew, and craft beer.
At TellusLabs, no two days are the same: there are always new questions to answer, features to create, and challenges to solve! Get excited to go outside of your comfort zone and apply your skills to a complex and incredible mission.
If you are curious, creative, and passionate about finding real solutions for food supply, TellusLabs is the place for you.
“It’s a really small team, so you get to know everyone. There are no work politics, because everyone knows everyone really well. I definitely feel like the team dynamics are different from regular industries, where you have a larger team but might not work as closely.”
“What we do here isn’t easy. Being around smart, talented, and kind people makes the impossible a lot more possible.”
“Launching things into space is the pinnacle of human achievement, and too many people take that for granted. The fact that we get to see snapshots of our amazing planet every day is astonishing.”
“Building a living map of the world’s food supply is a fascinating challenge, and it’s an exciting problem to tackle.”
“Everyone, especially Ophir but also all the other engineers, are really willing to help teach me stuff. Ophir is working hard to give me projects that are just a little bit too hard for me, but not way too hard, and I feel like that is really unique when I compare my experience to other junior software engineers.”