I’m Peter Sweeney, a husband, father, and entrepreneur.

I've launched 4 ventures and numerous innovative products and technologies, from small bootstrapped ventures to large projects financed in excess of $20-million.

I hold over 80 patents in artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, and machine learning. I’ve designed and managed projects across a range of digital initiatives, including intelligent assistants, semantic search, content discovery and recommenders, taxonomy and content management, data analytics, e-commerce, and social media applications.

I love working in challenging early-stage and research-based teams. I’ve held a variety of leadership and operational roles: President & CEO, CTO, CSO, operations, sales, marketing, software development, and product management. I’ve managed both in-house and outside services in patent prosecution and IP acquisitions.

I began my academic studies in engineering and science, eventually switching to business to support my entrepreneurial ambitions. I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. My interests led me through studies in mathematics, statistics, science, and Jazz piano.

I’ve been blogging for over a decade and have spoken at many conferences, including DEMO, the Semantic Technology Conference, Web 3.0, and IA Summit. I was formerly a mentor with the Loran Scholars Foundation, and was honoured to be named to Waterloo Region Record’s 40 Under 40 list.

Companies and Collaborators

I’m grateful to the hundreds of investors, employees, and collaborators, past and present, who brought these ventures to life and shared their invaluable experience and talents.

I started my first company, InDIMENSIONS, immediately after leaving my postgraduate studies. We created a business and technical infrastructure for migrating companies online. We were among the first companies to crystallize the concept of an e-business.
InDIMENSIONS evolved into officialCOMMUNITY. We created a new independent business model for entertainers, and pioneered their use of social media and community development. Today, officialCOMMUNITY comprises a global network of over 70 major artists and entertainment companies, including Elton John, Ariana Grande, and Carrie Underwood.
The technology for Primal was incubated in officialCOMMUNITY and spun out as a separate venture. It provides personalized content discovery and intelligent assistants for enterprises. We invented an artificial intelligence that generates rich semantic representations using only sparse data, disclosed in one of the largest patent portfolios of its kind in Canada.

My Purpose

Every entrepreneurial journey is unique and deeply personal. I found my purpose in the health and well-being of our children, and one very special patient, my son.

The Terrifying Clarity of Purpose

We've learned that solutions can’t be confined within existing boundaries. It requires innovation, new perspectives, and many hands.

This purpose, and the power of explanations for solving problems, drives everything I do. If you share that purpose and drive, I would love to work with you.