Photonic computing company Lightmatter has hired Google Platforms' infrastructure lead and manager, Dan Cohen.

He joins a number of high-profile hires at the startup, which plans to debut its photonic AI accelerator, Envise, later this month. Lightmatter is also developing a programmable photonic interconnect product, Passage.

– LightMatter

"I have just started at Lightmatter," Cohen said on LinkedIn. "It’s great to be working in a startup with some folks I already know and a novel project with a large potential impact. Also, lasers. Lightmatter is hiring - reach out if you are interested!"

He joins fellow Googler Richard Ho at the company, who joined in August. Ho was one of the leaders of Google's custom AI chip family, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU).

That month, Lightmatter also hired Intel's VP of engineering, data center, AI group, Ritesh Jain.

In May it hired Apple finance director Jessie Zhang as VP of finance. A few months earlier, it hired Innovium VP Steve Klinger as VP of product.

We profile Lightmatter in the next issue of the DCD Magazine, and speak to the company's CEO Nick Harris in November 10th's episode of the DCD Zero Downtime podcast.

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