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Dr. Geordie Rose

Dr. Geordie Rose

I helped found, and am currently the CTO of, D-Wave. This is me being interviewed by Larry Smarr at Future in Review 2008.

Because what D-Wave is trying to do is so cool, I get to talk about it at lots of interesting places; everything from the 2003 TED conference to Supercomputing 2008. Our approach to building quantum computers has been covered in a lot of different places (see sidebar in the blog) and a Harvard Business School case study. I earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of British Columbia with Philip Stamp, studying the effects of nuclear spins on decoherence in molecular magnets. Prior to UBC I went to school at McMaster University, where I did engineering physics with a solid state devices focus. Since D-Wave was founded in 1999, we’ve managed to team with many excellent top-tier blue chip investors, including a round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)—the first ever investment by a US venture capital firm in quantum computing, and a substantial investment by Goldman Sachs.

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