Hi, I'm Samuel. I am the Co-Founder & CEO of the tech startup Marveri and hobby YouTuber. Before that, I was a Ph.D. candidate at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Computer Science. I am also the Co-Founder of the Swiss-American startup Assist-o. My current home is Cambridge, Massachusetts. My main areas of interest are the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and legal.
I am originally from Germany but spent almost all of my life in other countries (the US being my 9th). When I was 5 years old, my family moved to Croatia through a German NGO. There I finished elementary and high school. I also went to school in South Africa for a while, as an exchange student. After graduating from high school, I worked as a volunteer teacher in an orphanage in Kenya, near Nairobi.
During my undergraduate studies, I worked in Ice & Climate research at the Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Afterwards, I joined the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co. in London for a while, where I created computer simulations of the bond and foreign exchange market. I dropped out of university to work on different projects, including spending some time in the sunny and picturesque city of La Jolla, at University of California in San Diego. There, I worked on Machine Learning research and enjoyed surfing in the Pacific Ocean.
After a year, I started my master's degree in Physics and Data Science at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. During my studies in Switzerland, I worked as a research assistant in the group of Prof. Giovanni De Micheli on Quantum Computing, and in the Summer 2019 at the National University of Singapore on Quantum Optimization Algorithms, with applications in finance.
In 2020, I joined Prof. Prineha Narang's group at Harvard University to write my master thesis about "Near Term Quantum Algorithms for Optimization Problems". Afterwords, I briefly returned to Croatia to work on my startup, Assist-o. After moving back to Cambridge MA, I started my Ph.D. at MIT under supervision of prof. Seth Lloyd. My PhD was focused on theoretical research in AI and quantum computing. I also completed my minor in business administration at Harvard Business School. After obtaining a master's degree in computer science from MIT (which was a milestone of my PhD program), I decided to leave the Ph.D. program to work full-time on Marveri.