We hire top speech and language scientists and engineers, but we don't live in an ivory tower. 

Jeff Adams

CEO, Founder

Jeff Adams has been managing top-level speech & language technology research for 20 years.  Until 6 years ago, he worked at Nuance / Dragon, where he was responsible for developing and improving speech recognition for Nuance’s “Dragon” dictation software. He presided over many of the key improvements in the 1990s and 2000s that brought this technology into the mainstream and enabled widespread consumer adoption.

Jeff left Nuance in 2009 for Yap, a company specializing in voicemail to text transcription. Jeff assembled a strong team of 12 speech scientists who within two years were able to beat all of their competitors on an unbiased test set. They also matched the performance of a competitor who used (off-shore) human transcription. Their success caught the interest of Amazon, who acquired Yap in 2011 to jump start their new speech & language research lab. At Amazon, Jeff led efforts to build one of the industry’s leading speech & language groups, a team that built products such as the Echo, Dash, and Fire TV.  Jeff left Amazon in 2014 to create Cobalt Speech and Language

Kevin Yang

Head of Engineering

Kevin graduated from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He also worked for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory one of the leading research organizations in the United States. 

After working there, he was one of the first computer scientists to join the new Amazon Echo speech team in 2012. The Echo is considered the most advanced application of speech and language technology in recent years, and Kevin was one of the engineering stars who contributed in key ways to the Amazon Echo. Kevin leads Cobalt’s engineering efforts.

HEnry O'Connell

VP, Business Development


Henry is a seasoned executive who specializes in high growth technology companies. He studied Biology and Psychology at Wabash College as well as receiving a Masters degree in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. 

Since getting his start at Upchurch Scientific, Rheodyne, and Hewlett Packard he has been President or VP of sales for growth companies like Moxtek, Dynex, Idex, Promega, Gilson, and Millenniata. His business and technical background has enabled him to identify and execute successful sales, partnership and M&A strategies.

SCott Earnshaw

General Counsel


Scott Earnshaw is a start-up attorney with substantial experience dealing in new technologies. He also has significant in-house legal experience. 

His focus has been on patent licensing, internet and emerging energy technologies. He has worked with sports leagues, financial services and mergers and acquisitions.

Working with Cobalt Speech and Language technical team was the best choice we could have made. The speech and language scientists and software team at Cobalt were extremely knowledgeable and professional. The Cobalt team met the scheduled deliverables providing us with a quality product. They function as a member of our team offering expertise and the needed resources for us to develop our products.
— Megan Davies, Canary Speech, LLC