Dag Kittlaus is renowned in the tech world as the co-founder of Siri and Viv Labs, which have both been acquired by industry giants Apple and Samsung, respectively. A pioneer in AI with decades of experience, Dag is the co-founder and current CEO of RIVA Health, a mobile technology that uses AI to improve hypertension management. Bringing cutting-edge technology to life, Dag’s contributions have been highly impactful on the mobile industry, with his inventions used by billions of Apple and Samsung users daily. Now available to hire for speaking engagements, Dag captivates audiences with his expertise in AI, machine learning, digital disruption, entrepreneurship and marketing.
After earning his BA in Economics at Indiana University Bloomington, Dag gained his MBA in Strategy and Marketing at the BI Norwegian Business School. He became Vice President of Telenor Mobile in 2000, launching several innovative mobile applications and the first dynamic mobile home screen in the world. This was followed by the role of General Manager at Motorola, developing the ground-breaking SCREEN3 mobile application used by 15 mobile operators globally. His next breakthrough came as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford Research Institute, where he derived the idea for Siri.
In 2008, Dag became the CEO and co-founder of Siri, the first true automated Virtual Personal Assistant for mobile devices. Apple acquired the revolutionary technology in 2010, and Dag joined Apple as Director of Siri and Speech Recognition. During his time with Apple, Dag advanced Siri and speech recognition for iOS, causing waves in the mobile industry. After he departed from Apple, he co-founded Viv Labs, a pioneering intelligent interface powered by AI. Samsung later acquired Viv Labs, and Dag joined the innovative company as Vice President.
An authority on AI and speech recognition, Dag has been pioneering machine learning technology for decades. He owns an Intelligent Automated Assistant patent, filed in 2012, for the application of an integrated conversational manner using natural language dialogue. At the forefront of innovation in technology, he has made radical contributions to the tech industry with Siri and Viv Labs. Continuing to set waves, Dag is a highly prized speaker on AI, machine learning, generative AI and digital disruption. Book Dag Kittlaus for a highly engaging speaking session on the future applications of AI.
Dag Kittlaus is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“He’s got lots of interesting stories to tell: I think very few entrepreneurs have sold multi-hundred-million-dollar companies to both Apple and Samsung; very few people have worked this closely with Steve Jobs on a project that was clearly more than personal to him; very few people have interacted with so many top people, including Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and many more. AI and next-generation interfaces are both very hot topics that Dag knows a lot about, and he is one of the most visionary futurists that I know; I’m sure many companies will be interested to hear where he thinks the world is heading.”
“Dag and I have worked together first in his role at Motorola, then as an EIR at SRI, and finally as CEO of Siri. In all these roles, Dag was a great leader. He was a master in bringing to life our market concepts, with the most amazing clarity and impact. This is most obvious in his success with Siri, which brings to life the concept of the virtual personal assistant. He worked collaboratively with the team and the board, always with good nature and total engagement. I hope he will again someday come back to SRI to start another great venture.”