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About

Driving Essential Intelligence Through AI & Machine Learning

Kensho is the AI and Innovation Hub for S&P Global. We develop cutting-edge technologies that transform businesses.

By pairing the latest advances in machine learning with the unparalleled breadth and depth of data at S&P Global, Kensho gives customers comprehensive, timely, actionable insights for making decisions with conviction.

Kensho is headquartered in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has offices in New York City and Washington, DC. Take a virtual tour of our beautiful Cambridge office!

Kensho was acquired by S&P Global in 2018, and continues to operate independently, retaining its distinct brand, culture and technology stack.

What We Do

Kensho leverages S&P’s world-class data to build state-of-the-art machine learning applications both internally for S&P Global and externally for our clients. We work primarily with natural language data, including complex documents and speech, and build machine learning models that add layers of structure to unstructured and semi-structured data.

These foundational AI services improve the breadth and speed of data collection, the depth of data enrichment, and the ease and relevance of data discovery, solving some of the most difficult challenges facing businesses today.

Kensho’s solutions transform unstructured data into meaningful and actionable business insights.

Learn more about Kensho’s cutting-edge technology solutions!

Our Values

At Kensho we insist on action bias and minimizing unhelpful hierarchy and unnecessary process. We collaborate to understand our teammates’ diverse perspectives to solve hard problems together. We dedicate work time and resources to explore new ideas and to learn new things. We produce technology that is scalable, robust, and useful. We communicate openly, honestly, efficiently, and with kindness for one another. Our five core values are:

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Go Team
We put the team before ourselves. We aren’t selfish. We disagree but commit.
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Empowerment
We prefer a flat hierarchy and don’t pay much attention to titles. We encourage intelligent risk-taking; we like action, and we don’t waste time.
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Inclusion
We encourage differences. We respect and seek out backgrounds and opinions that are different from our own.
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Open Communication
We default to openness and happily acknowledge and embrace failures so we can learn from them.
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Pursuit of Excellence
We never sacrifice our high bar and optimize under the assumption that quality work hours from the best people are the scarcest resource.
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Who We Are

Kenshins are a diverse, team-oriented and committed group of engineers, machine learning experts, project and product managers and others who come together to accomplish ambitious things. We love to learn, and we are passionate about using the most innovative and cutting-edge technologies to empower our customers to get the most out of their data.

Are you a curious team player ready to work on some of the world’s toughest data challenges? We’re always looking to welcome new Kenshins to our growing team! We have open positions in Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City and Washington, DC.

Leadership Team

Bhavesh Dayalji, CEO

Bhavesh has been with Kensho since the early days and held a variety of positions before being named CEO. Prior to Kensho, Bhavesh was a senior leader in Deloitte’s strategy and M&A practice. He was the engagement leader for many high-profile C-suite clients, advising them on M&A strategy, leading due diligence efforts and developing growth strategies in the financial services industry. He started his career at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, as a software engineer.

“Kensho’s strength comes from the curiosity of our people and the way we’re motivated by the most complex problems.”

In his role as CEO, Bhavesh is focused on enabling the team to solve the most complex problems related to structuring unstructured data and helping companies, governments and individuals to make decisions with conviction.

Outside of work, Bhavesh enjoys non-fiction books, especially biographies, active sports, Formula One racing, spending time with his family and traveling.

Melissa Whitehead, CTO

Melissa joined Kensho as a software engineer in August of 2016, and has worked her way through several roles with increasing impact, including running the Internal Tools team and serving as Head of Data Engineering and Query Infrastructure.

“For me, success looks like an engaged team who sees the technical path forward and can confidently execute because they understand where we are going as a company. There’s a lot of opportunity in front of us, and I’m excited to help shape what lies ahead!”

Melissa loves working at Kensho because of the way the team takes the time to get to know each other as people, not just coworkers, through programs like My Story and Kensho Trivia. She also appreciates how we use our skills to leave an imprint on our community through Team Impact work, and how we take time to learn from both our successes and our failures. “And we have amazing pun wars and fierce debates over what constitutes a sandwich.”

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys playing strategy board games with her kids and amateur bird photography.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Kensho is committed to creating a kind, diverse and equitable workplace, fostering a sense of belonging, and ensuring that the company is a place where employees can bring their whole selves to work. Our DEI efforts are run by our Chief of Staff extraordinaire, Meaghan Cassidy, who partners on a range of initiatives with individuals across Kensho and S&P Global, and all Kenshins are expected to actively participate in moving DEI efforts forward.

Some recent DEI initiatives have included a Tech Investment Day, which was used to eliminate non-inclusive language from our technology and coding terms, training courses and awareness workshops, a monthly newsletter of suggested DEI-related reading / listening / watching, mental health awareness, support for caregivers and parents, and more.

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Intellectual Curiosity and Continuous Learning

Curiosity is part of Kensho’s DNA. From grassroots meetups to company-sponsored programs, Kenshins have a huge range of options for keeping their knowledge and skills up to date and finding inspiration for new ideas.

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Continuous Education
A benefit available to full-time employees that includes training courses and tuition reimbursement.
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Knowledge Days
A monthly day set aside for engineers to break from their normal projects and focus on learning new skills.
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Kensho AI Lab
The start-of-the-art AI Lab in Kensho’s Cambridge office hosts events for AI and ML enthusiasts.
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Tech Talks
Where engineering team members share technical knowledge to help broaden the entire team’s skillbase.
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Fireside Chats
Informal conversations on a variety of topics, from DEI issues to business strategy to technology.
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ML Journal Club
A group of Kenshins who read Machine Learning journal articles, then meet to discuss interesting or applicable ideas.
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Lunch & Learn
Sessions where we share insights and ideas over a brown bag lunch.
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Lightning Talks
Fun 5-minute talks on any topic with one rule - it can’t be related to the person’s job!

Team Impact

Team Impact takes the lead on Kensho’s community involvement and skills-based volunteer efforts. The cross-functional team currently has three working groups – Data Journalism, Environmental Impact and Educational Equity. These working groups have tackled projects large and small with a range of external partners and an eye towards initiatives that allow Kenshins to use their in-demand skills in data science, machine learning and software engineering and more to have maximum positive impact in their communities.

History

Founded out of Harvard and MIT in 2013, Kensho received backing from Google Ventures, leading financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and S&P Global, and the venture capital arm of the CIA, In-Q-Tel.

Over five years, the team at Kensho built analytical products used by some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and the U.S. Intelligence Community.

In April of 2018, Kensho was acquired by S&P Global, and the two companies have partnered closely, with Kensho’s suite of technologies helping cement S&P Global’s reputation as one of the world’s best data companies.