About Us

Anticipating disruptions to the health of people, places, and planet to drive economic growth.

It is the end of business-as-usual, and the beginning of our most critical decade.

Our values

Be a journalist

We're curious, determined and analytical. We are ambitious in our thinking but ground ourselves in editorial standards.

Be precise

We value clear and transparent communication. We believe that good information should be delivered with rigor and simplicity.

Be aware

We are mindful of how our actions and technology can influence the decisions by the people we use our platforms.

Be empathetic

We listen deeply to each other and to our members. We believe that different perspectives produce the best ideas.

Francesco Marconi
Co-founder and CEO

Francesco is an economist and computational journalist. He previously served as R&D Chief at The Wall Street Journal and AI co-lead at the Associated Press. He was an Adjunct Instructor at Columbia Journalism School and a Research Associate at the Laboratory for Social Machines at MIT Media Lab. His latest book "Newsmakers: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Journalism ” was published by Columbia University Press in January 2020. Francesco started his career as an economist at the Group of 77 at the United Nations.

Erin Riglin
Co-founder and CTO

Erin Riglin is an engineer and computational journalist. He was the Wall Street Journal's first Automation Editor where he built machine learning-driven tools to support research and investigative journalism. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft on data automation and cloud computing projects. Erin holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Master's degrees in Journalism and Computer Science from Columbia University.

Brady O'Brien
Manager, Data Strategy

Brady is a biologist and data scientist. She was previously a data lead at Evoke Navience, where she built models to inform drug launches and pharmaceutical R&D lifecycles. Prior to that, she worked in pharmaceutical supply management at Shire, a subsidiary of Takeda. Brady holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Fairfield University, where she was a Data Researcher at the Laboratory of Human Nutrition and Population Health.

Eric Bolton
Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Eric is an engineer and computational journalist. He was previously a Machine Learning Engineer at the Brown Institute where he built recommendation engines for local newsrooms. Prior to that he was a Machine Learning Scientist at the Wall Street Journal where he worked on event detection and newsgathering tools for journalists. Eric holds a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences from Princeton University and Master’s degrees in Journalism and Computer Science from Columbia University.

Kendall Shieh
Data Operations Coordinator

Kendall is a data analyst and linguist. She was previously an associate product manager at machine learning company 2Predict where she focused on model validation and technical documentation. Prior to that, she was a data associate at market intelligence Numerator where she was responsible for data QA. Kendall holds a BA from the University of San Francisco where she concentrated in data science and French studies.

Malkie Rothman
Director, Customer Experience

Malkie is an operator, strategist, and human-centered designer. She previously managed Client Services Operations at health tech company H1, enabling internal teams and building processes for product communications. Prior to that, she led Marketing and Business Operations at ConsenSys, the leading Ethereum software company. Malkie is a lecturer at Pratt Institute and holds a Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Our investors

We have brought together top-tier venture capital and strategic partners at the forefront of information, emerging technology and product design who support Applied XL’s long-term vision.

A transparent approach to algorithmic information

We apply computational journalism to the health of systems because stories are the most powerful tool for inspiring action and drive sustainable change.