Don Gooding Named as Chairman of the Board of Collaborative AI Startup Introspective Systems

December 7th, 2017

Gooding’s expertise as a seasoned business growth mentor, technology market research insider, and angel investor will propel launch of company’s xGraph platform for complex digital problems

PORTLAND, ME ­– December 7, 2017 – Introspective Systems, LLC announces that it has named Don Gooding as Chairman of the Board. As an early angel investor, Gooding steps into this new role to accelerate the launch of Introspective Systems’ xGraph collaborative AI platform. He brings a wide range of expertise, including in-depth knowledge of the technology landscape, business acceleration, and top-tier venture capital. xGraph offers a new approach to complex digital problems characterized by massive volumes of streaming data such as from the Internet of Things (IoT) that require a combination of autonomy and collaboration provided by artificial intelligence (AI).

Gooding participated in the first angel investment round of Introspective Systems and has continued to increase his stake to become the company’s largest outside investor. His role as Chairman of the Board will include guiding Introspective Systems through funding rounds, identifying market opportunities and investors, and providing leadership counsel to ensure and accelerate growth.

“Early on, I saw the possibilities of Introspective Systems’ technology and helped guide the company through its ‘Valley of Death’ when its innovation was ahead of the market,” says Don Gooding, Chairman of the Board, Introspective Systems LLC. “xGraph has emerged as a powerful platform for solving complex digital problems and I am excited to be a part of helping Introspective Systems accelerate to catch today’s huge waves of ‘AI Everywhere’ and ‘Edge Computing’”.

“Don’s experience, connections, know-how, and support are exactly what we need to take Introspective Systems to the next level,” says Kay Aikin, CEO, Introspective Systems. “We could not ask for a better guide and champion than Don, and we are thrilled that he has formally joined our team.”

Gooding is a pioneer in Maine’s modern entrepreneurial movement. Before founding Four Colors of Money for Entrepreneurs, a consultancy to help young and growing businesses understand and choose the right financing options, he served as Director of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (now called the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs). During his five-year tenure, Gooding expanded its Top Gun accelerator program from one to four locations throughout the state. He hosted the first two seasons of Greenlight Maine, a TV show where entrepreneurs compete for a $100,000 prize. Gooding has been a member of the Maine Angels investment group since 2005, including serving as Vice Chair.

Early in his career, Gooding ran telecommunications market research for The Yankee Group; he still maintains close relationships with colleagues who became founders and leaders at firms including Forrester Research and IDC. Gooding was the first Research Partner in venture capital at Accel Partners, where he focused on finding and evaluating telecom and network startups. In that role, he was a board observer for UUNET, the breakout ISP in the early days of the Internet.

In addition to guiding startups and tracking technology, Gooding’s passion is music. He launched to sell sheet music and recordings and to start a competition for college and high school singers; it was the “real life” organization popularized in the Pitch Perfect movies. Gooding and his wife are honored by the annual Gooding Cups provided to champion student a cappella groups.

Introspective Systems’ xGraph platform is designed for building solutions to today’s most complex digital challenges, including those with the following characteristics:

  • Massive Data Loads/High Velocity. Data volume and speed of the Internet of Things and other massively distributed systems require xGraph’s exceptionally robust platform for rapid analysis and decision-making.
  • Fractal Nature. xGraph is designed to manage diverse and disparate data from a variety of systems that operate on their own as well as part of a network.
  • Real-Time Analytics. xGraph can process data on the edge of the cloud, which reduces latency to deliver the fast decision-making required by autonomous applications such as drones and self-driving cars.
  • Collaborative AI. xGraph uses collaborative intelligence to analyze data in real time, direct responses and actions, and evolve to learn new patterns over time.

About Introspective Systems, LLC

Introspective Systems is the developer of xGraph, a collaborative AI platform that helps developers solve complex computing problems better, cheaper, and faster. It is designed to tackle critical issues defined by massive amounts of streaming data, interconnected systems, and the need for instantaneous decision-making such as managing robot swarms, self-driving vehicles, and complex energy grids. xGraph combines edge computing to speed processing time with distributed micro-services to enable autonomous and collaborative decision-making. Current applications include managing the IoT-based electrical grid of the near future, locating earthquakes worldwide, and creating a SaaS “laboratory” to advance collaborative AI using the game StarCraft II. Learn more at