Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

Damion Hänkejh

Smithsonian Laureate CTO and Investor in New York

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Smithsonian Laureate CTO founder of Ingk.com -- resurrecting dormant VC & corporate assets from the intellectual property graveyard.

In the dark ages, Damion invented Internet customer service at InstantService.com before IBM coined eCommerce in 1997 (exited to Oracle / $1B rollup) -- the first and largest carrier-class telecom platform for secure real-time Internet support.

Recently, Damion won IBM's worldwide Watson Developer challenge among teams spanning 18 industries across 43 countries, becoming the 6th granted access to IBM's cognitive supercomputer, Watson. His FANG toy (Friendly Anthropomorphic Networked Genome) is the first adaptive education service powered by cognitive computing. Its manifestation was a Watson powered plush toy prototype designed to hold a secure conversation with kids, parents & teachers.

Damion founded HRDN -- security beyond encryption embodied in a hardware appliance to immunize networks and data -- in flight and at rest -- from brute force attacks, man-in-the-middle hacks, and quantum decryption. Leading cloud computing companies have failed to hack HRDN.

Hänkejh was honored as a Smithsonian Laureate in 1999 for his work with Dr. Robert Lazzara as CTO of Virtual OR (now Swedish Medical), a pioneer at the nexus of telemedicine & minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery, setting the stage for the first fully accredited virtual operating rooms worldwide ( a permanent Smithsonian collection ).

Damion formerly volunteered in 1995 to create amfAR's first website & HIV/AIDS Treatment Directory Database -- the first and only comprehensive online resource covering global treatment research & clinical trials.

Damion also advises Bain & Co., McKinsey, Fidelity, et al.

AI / Security / Defense / Fintech / eCommerce / Education / Veterans / Earth

Photo by Peter Bell @ NASDAQ CTO Summit

  • Education
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology