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Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. In 1998, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which developed contextual advertising products including ASI's AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired Applied Semantics and Gil stayed on as the Engineering Director for the Santa Monica office to continue to development of AdSense and other products. Prior to founding ASI, Gil worked in engineering roles at IBM, Sybase and SGI. In 2007, Gil left Google to explore new ideas and passions and went on to found Factual, an open data aggregation platform. Factual launched its public beta in October 2009 in an effort to maximize data accuracy, transparency, and accessibility. In December 2010, Factual raised a $25m Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures to build upon its mission to make structured data broadly accessible to the development community. Gil earned his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics. Active in a number of non-profits, he serves on the Boards of Trustees at the California Institute of Technology as well as the X Prize Foundation. Gil is also president and founder of the CommonCrawl Foundation and is an active angel investor.