Jaap Suermondt is a Silicon Valley advisor and hands-on consultant, who helps people from early-stage founders and independent entrepreneurs to experienced investors and executives, to entrepreneurial academics, to those looking to enter the US market or launch a new product/technology -- anything from pitches, needs analysis, and business/strategic/GTM plans to due diligence, technology analysis and feedback, to turnarounds/pivots... or just help you analyze, clarify, and write something or get something done that is stalled.

Previously he was the Executive Director of Stanford’s Biomedical Informatics Program and an Executive in Residence at Plug and Play Technology Center, where he saw thousands of pitches and coached dozens of startup founders. He was also an advisor to Stanford’s Population Health Sciences program and participating faculty in Stanford’s Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program.

Jaap’s enterprise operational/executive and R&D career spans machine learning, data management and analytics, security analytics, IOT, health tech / biomedical informatics, data de-duplication, personalization, and operational efficiency. As VP of Labs for HPE's multi-billion software business, he led the company's applied innovation investments in analytics, machine learning, and data engineering targeted at security, big data platforms, application development management, IT ops mgt, and information management & governance.

After getting three degrees from Stanford, he was a researcher at HP Labs and then led teams and large orgs of researchers and innovators in the US, Israel, Mexico, India, Canada, and Russia. He delivered a succession of technologies and business contributions as product as well as with government, academic, and enterprise partners, led software and analytics research for memory-driven computing (including successful open-source projects), and led healthcare research (focusing on patient safety, operational efficiency, and patient and staff experiences). He helped create the first ACGME-accredited fellowship program in clinical informatics at Stanford, and was Program Chair of the 2008 Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association. As director of the Services and Solutions Research Lab and the Business Optimization Lab, his team was awarded the INFORMS 2009 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in OR and the Management Sciences. He is an inventor on over 40 granted patents.


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

  • Ph.D., Medical Information Sciences (Thesis: Explanation in Bayesian Belief Networks. Advisor: Gregory F. Cooper)

  • M.S., Medical Information Sciences

  • B.S., Mathematical and Computation Science (distinction)