Context and perspective in the fake news era
Nobias was founded in 2017 with a mission to promoting responsible/inclusive technology to protect consumers from deceptive or misleading content on the internet. Along the way, we hope to help people understand the landscape of media bias and to give them the power over the algorithms that shape what they read and see online.
Meet The Team
Tania Ahuja — Founder and CEO
Tania Ahuja is Founder and CEO of Nobias and is Head of US Operations for Arkera Inc.
She is a former director of Citigroup and serves on the Board of Overseers at Stern School of Business, NYU. Additionally, she sits on the board of other learning and art organizations including the Center of Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania, Salome Chamber Orchestra, The Paper Bag Players, and is Chairman of the Board for the Summit Music Festival.
Tania holds a a PhD in Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University. She has a BS in Statistics and an MS in Operations Research.
Shinichi Urano — Chief Technology Officer
Shinichi Urano is the Chief Technology Officer at Nobias.
Shinichi started out his career as a theoretical Physicist and has published in various leading journals including the prestigious Physical Review Letters. He has since become a technologist and an entrepreneur, and has over ten years of experience in various leadership roles in start-up organizations. During this time, Shinichi has co-authored five patents in areas related to infrastructure automation and virtualization. Shinichi brings tremendous practical knowledge and experience in technology and in leading engineering teams to Nobias.
Shinichi earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Texas A&M University.
Sudip Gupta — Chief Data Scientist
Sudip Gupta is the Chief Data Scientist at Nobias and a faculty in the finance area at the Gabelli School of Business of Fordham University.
Previous faculty positions include Indiana University, New York University, University of Maryland and the Indian School of Business. His research and consulting areas include auctions, financial derivatives, industrial organization, IPOs, M&A and risk management. He has served as a consulting expert to various international organizations and regulatory authorities in various antitrust and financial litigations.
Sudip earned his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Boris DeSouza — Head of User Interface
Boris DeSouza is the Head of User Interface and User Experience at Nobias and the Head of Engineering at Braintree.
Boris earned his MS in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nicholas Gonzalez — Software Engineer
Nicholas Gonzalez is a Software Engineer at Nobias responsible for the chrome extension.
He is a Technical Lead at Headspace. At Snap, Nicholas was a senior software engineer and developed the Snap Kit Developer Portal, On-Demand Geofilters and Lenses (create.snapchat.com), and various internal web apps and code packages.
Nicholas earned his BS in Computer Science at Yale University.
Yuri Ahuja — Data Scientist
Yuri Ahuja is a Data Scientist at Nobias responsible for the article level bias algorithm.
He has completed rotations in the Harvard Biomedical Informatics and MIT Computer Science departments, and is pursuing his MD in general medicine and a PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University predominantly interested in designing better models using electronic medical record data with the goal of enhancing medical decision support to revolutionize personalized medicine.
Yuri earned his BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University and is pursuing an MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School with the goal of both practicing medicine and pushing its boundaries through research.
Vitaly Borzenkov - Engineer + Data Scientist
Vitaly Borzenkov is a Data Science Consultant at Nobias and a Quantitative Analyst at TransMarketGroup.
He earned his BS in Probability/Statistics and Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, and his MS in Computational Finance at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jinghui Zhou — Data Scientist
Jinghui Zhou is a Data Scientist at Nobias where she mainly takes charge of data processing and algorithm research using NLP and machine learning.
She is also a Finance Validation Intern at Numerix, and a MS Student in Quantitative Finance at Fordham University.
Jinghui earned her BE in Economics from Peking University and her BS in Physics and Material from Renmin University of China.
Saranya Vijayakumar — Data Scientist
Saranya Vijayakumar is a Data Scientist at Nobias, and is an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Previously, she has worked as a Data Analyst at Columbia Law School and interned at Booz Allen Hamilton, DodeEd, and Columbia University
Saranya earned her BS in Computer Science and Government at Harvard University.
Katy Trost — Content Creator and Writer
Katy Trost is the Content Creator and Writer at Nobias and a Professional Certified Coach through the Institute For Professional Excellence In Coaching (IPEC), ACC accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a contributor to Forbes Magazine. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Success Magazine, Addicted2Success, Thrive Global, ‘The Best You Magazine, Best Self Magazine, Thought Catalog, and other publications. Additionally, she has partnered with companies such as WeWork and Techhub to lead trainings on the topics of entrepreneurship and personal & professional development.
Born and raised in Germany, she has traveled the world for four years and is now based in New York City.
Avni Ahuja — Engineer Intern
Avni Ahuja is an intern in Engineering at Nobias working on web development and user interface design.
Previously, she has interned at Microsoft through Girls Who Code and worked on data analysis at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
She is currently a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a degree in computer science and cognitive science.
Spot — Mascot
Spot is the team Mascot at Nobias. A faithful companion to everyone who uses Google Chrome, Spot helps users spot bias and discerns credibility.
This protective and loyal pup will place an helpful paw print by your articles so you're always informed before you click. That protectiveness comes from Spot's ancestors; back when firefighters arrived in horse-drawn carriages, dalmatians like Spot would run ahead to warn bystanders of the oncoming carriages and then guard the horses as the fires were put out.
Spot holds a Master's degree in Bias Barking from Who Let The Dogs Out University.