The story of XOKind begins on the European side of the Bosporus, in Istanbul’s neighborhood of Beyoğlu. There, two of the company’s future cofounders, Arjun and Sarah, met at the wedding of a mutual friend and swapped travel stories over a traditional Turkish feast. The next day, Sarah – a PhD student completing her doctorate in Turkey – led the group on an evocative journey through the old city.
With the sounds of Istanbul’s streets still ringing in his ears, Arjun returned to the USA and soon moved from the East Coast to California, where he encountered Yinyin at Qualcomm. Yinyin had started her journey with artificial intelligence through transforming machine learning technologies from lab to market for mobile computing. The pair worked closely on the same team, building neuromorphic chips.