On Saturday, December 15, the Class of 2018 became the first-ever graduates of UCLA Anderson's Master of Science in Business Analytics.

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Gil Elbaz is the Founder and CEO of Factual, the location data company the world’s most valuable brands and technology companies trust to understand and intelligently grow their businesses. Prior to Factual, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics, which pioneered natural language processing technology and launched AdSense which revolutionized contextual advertising. Google acquired Applied Semantics in 2003, and Gil stayed on to run Google Los Angeles.

Gil is founder and chairman of The Common Crawl Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of democratizing access to web information to enable greater innovation in research, business and education. He serves on the board of the X Prize Foundation. Gil is an active angel investor and is a partner in TenOneTen ventures with David Waxman, investing in over 100 startups over the last decade.

Gil earned a B.S. with a double major in Engineering & Applied Science and Economics from the California Institute of Technology.

Gil Elbaz

Founder and CEO of Factual

Congratulations to the inaugural graduating MSBA Class of 2018!

December 15, 2018


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