Davit Buniatyan
Founding CEO at Activeloop
PhD dropout building Database for AI


Born and raised in Yerevan, Armenia. Graduated IB class of Quantum College in 2013. Then majored in Computer Science at UCL . Prof. Lourdes Agapito and Dr. Adrián Peñate Sánchez supervised my final-year bachelors project.
In 2016, became a PhD student at Princeton University with Gordon Wu fellowship. Worked on Connectomics advised by Sebastian Seung at Princeton Nueroscience Institute.
Got to Y Combinator in 2018, moved to Bay Area and started Activeloop, formerly known as Snark AI. Currently working on building Database for AI.


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  • Buniatyan, Davit. "Hyper: Distributed Cloud Processing for Large-Scale Deep Learning Tasks." In 2019 Computer Science and Information Technologies (CSIT), pp. 27-32. IEEE, 2019. PDF
  • Mitchell, Eric, Stefan Keselj, Sergiy Popovych, Davit Buniatyan, and H. Sebastian Seung. "Siamese encoding and alignment by multiscale learning with self-supervision." arXiv preprint arXiv:1904.02643 (2019). PDF
  • Popovych, Sergiy, Davit Buniatyan, Aleksandar Zlateski, Kai Li, and H. Sebastian Seung. "Pznet: efficient 3D convnet inference on manycore CPUs." In Science and Information Conference, pp. 369-383. Springer, Cham, 2019. PDF
  • Buniatyan, Davit, Sergiy Popovych, Dodam Ih, Thomas Macrina, Jonathan Zung, and H. Sebastian Seung. "Weakly supervised deep metric learning for template matching." In Science and Information Conference, pp. 39-58. Springer, Cham, 2019. PDF
  • Adewale, Oluwatosin, Alex Beatson, Davit Buniatyan, Jason Ge, Mikhail Khodak, Holden Lee, Niranjani Prasad et al. "Pixie: a social chatbot." Alexa prize proceedings (2017). PDF


  • Activeloop snags $5M seed to build streaming database for AI applications Techcrunch in 2021
  • Snark AI looks to help companies get on-demand access to idle GPUs Techcrunch in 2018
  • Alexa, be more human CNET. A chat with Pixie, Princeton University's socialbot Youtube, 2017
  • Newsly Hack Is Tinder For News Articles, Techcrunch in 2014