Chief Executive Officer
Harlan Hugh is the CEO of TheBrain and the inventor of TheBrain technology. As an innovator in the field of information visualization and knowledge management, he has been granted several patents and garnered much industry recognition.
Focusing on user interface design and information architecture, Harlan's passion is helping people organize and share information the way they naturally think about it, transcending the boundaries of traditional computing. He works with both government and private corporations implementing software solutions as well as developing effective strategies for improved information access, time critical analysis, content sharing and collaboration.
A self-taught programmer, Harlan began programming at age six and quit school to work on TheBrain full time at eighteen. Since then, he has initiated and managed many commercial software development projects including products for Microsoft, Viacom New Media, DreamWorks Interactive, and Electronic Arts.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Shelley Hayduk is Vice President of Sales and Marketing Operations at TheBrain. As a founder, Shelley has been the leading evangelist of cognitive visualization since its inception. Shelley oversees the company's enterprise customers and was responsible for TheBrain's first major enterprise sales.
Shelley's background includes her role as VP of Business Development at Cyclops Software where she was landed important clients such as Electronic Arts, Viacom New Media, and DreamWorks Interactive. "Dilbert's Desktop Games", which Shelley produced, was named by Newsweek Magazine one of the "Best Products of 1997."
Shelley holds a BA of Distinction in Psychology and is a California Labor Board certified Engineering Psychologist. She has been a guest speaker at many organizations including KMWorld, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.
Harlan's Thoughts on the Future (from 1999!)
"When I sit down at my computer (or anyone else's), I want to see a useful representation of everything in my life. The fundamental difference is about focusing on the connections between information instead of the separations. All my information should be connected in a single interface-e-mail, Web content, contacts, documents, and everything. I don't want to use different tools for related information just because it's stored in a different place. For instance, the way we perceive email as being separate from other data is an artifact of building interfaces that expose too much of what's going on 'under the hood.' The interface should distinguish information based on its content and not its source. Taking this a step further, I'm looking forward to a world where the whole concept of 'e-mail'-a special mode of operation where everything is viewed based on discrete transactions-is replaced by a much more powerful way of viewing and sharing connected information in context. Your screen should not look like a bunch of pretty buttons that you use to order your computer from one task to the next. Instead it should be a dynamic representation and experience of everything that's important to you. I think The Brain demonstrates the beginnings of realizing this vision."
- Harlan Hugh (Excerpt from "Tomorrow's Desktop", Feed Magazine, 1999)