Heath Ahrens

Creator of dating.ai, Haystack AI

Heath Ahrens is the creator of Dating.ai, the first dating app that learns your type – whether it’s a celebrity crush or past lover – and finds look-a-likes. The app leverages the latest artificial intelligence from Haystack.ai such as facial recognition built from big data. Users also can upload photos of their choice.

A pioneer in the tech space, Ahrens has built widely used AI and speech-related platforms and apps. His first game-changing mobile app was Drivesafe.ly, a potentially life-saving tool that prevents distracted driving by reading texts and emails aloud and allowing the user to dictate responses. With more than 35 million downloads, Drivesafe.ly won the Mashable Award for Best Mobile App in 2010 and the CES Mobile Apps Showdown in 2011. Two years later, Ahrens debuted Talkz, a voice cloning mobile app featuring celebrity stickers that iterate user-recorded messages, at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Ahrens also founded iSpeech, a speech technology provider serving more than 80,000 registered developers and supporting billions of API calls per year. He was named one of NJBiz’s Forty Under 40 in 2010 and has presented at SpeechTEK, Mobile Voice Conference, CTIA and TEDxNJIT.

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