SYDNEY, August 23, 2022 — Q-CTRL, a global leader in developing useful quantum technologies through quantum control infrastructure software, today announced the addition of Alex Shih as Chief Product Officer. In his new role, Shih will lead the company’s product management teams to deliver technology value and ROI to customers and end users in new, broader markets.
Shih has spent his career working on products and tools that aim to increase access to information and opportunity, one of his personal missions. Prior to joining Q-CTRL, Shih was Technical Product Manager at Slack; director of product and ecosystem at Planet Labs; led emerging market products and initiatives at Twitter; created developer products and integrations at Airbnb and Google, and co-founded a social enterprise called Global Cycle Solutions (later acquired by Sun King).
During his high-level experiences, Shih honed his expertise in bringing proof-of-concepts to market and expanding into new regions and segments. For example, Shih was instrumental in creating products that helped Planet Labs reach over $100 million TCV and scale Twitter’s growth beyond Silicon Valley into Southeast Asia. East, India, Africa and other emerging markets, leading to widespread adoption and new use cases from millions of new users.
“Growing from large traditional Silicon Valley companies to a fast-moving quantum software company brings new challenges and exciting opportunities that I look forward to in this new role,” Shih said. “I am inspired by the potential of quantum technology to revolutionize computing and accelerate resource-intensive applications and use cases across industries. My goal is to leverage my experience in building and scaling products in various areas to deliver real value to our customers, from speed of delivery to performance gains to cost savings, which is simply not possible with alternative technologies.
Shih continued, “Producing the user experience for Q-CTRL’s technology will unlock the potential for our customers to solve complex and meaningful challenges, from new drug discovery to optimizing logistics to climate change mitigation, and I really hope to inspire others to join the field. . Q-CTRL is actively recruiting!”
Shih holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.
“Alex’s consumer and enterprise expertise will help us deliver Q-CTRL’s powerful quantum computing and quantum sensing capabilities to the widest range of end users, regardless of skill level. of experience,” said Q-CTRL Founder and CEO, Professor Michael J. Biercuk. “His addition to the team highlights the true product focus we have at Q-CTRL, where we know that building technology is not enough – we really need to delight our users as we help them achieve their ambitions. “
Hardware errors and instability prevent the industry from fully exploiting the potential of the quantum opportunity. Q-CTRL is uniquely focused on providing hardware-independent, error-correcting infrastructure software products that make quantum computing and sensing useful for organizations around the world. Q-CTRL’s investment in world-class product management is strategically designed to support the company’s evolutionary goals and to ensure that its performance-accelerating technology enables customers to realize their greatest ambitions for the quantum era.
To learn more about Q-CTRL, please visit: q-ctrl.com.
Q-CTRL is building the quantum technology industry by overcoming the fundamental challenge in the field – hardware error and instability. Q-CTRL’s quantum control infrastructure software for R&D professionals and quantum computing end users offers the world’s highest performing error correction and removal techniques, and offers a unique ability to accelerate the way to the first useful quantum computers. This foundational technology also applies to a new generation of quantum sensors and enables Q-CTRL to shape and support every application of quantum technology. In an effort to bring this transformative capability to as many users as possible, Q-CTRL has built the world’s first edtech platform for quantum computing, black opalwhich can help anyone go from zero to programming real quantum computers in minutes a day.
Q-CTRL has assembled the largest team of expert quantum control engineers in the world, providing solutions to many of the world’s most advanced quantum computing and sensing teams. Q-CTRL has been an inaugural member of the IBM Quantum Startup Network since 2018 and recently announced a partnership with Transport for NSW, providing its enterprise infrastructure software to transport data scientists exploring quantum computing. Q-CTRL is funded by SquarePeg Capital, Sierra Ventures, Sequoia Capital China, Data Collective, Horizons Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Airbus Ventures and Ridgeline Partners. The company has international headquarters in Sydney, Los Angeles and Berlin.