Elliot Turner started building software companies in the early 1990s. His first startup, MimeStar, was one of the first commercially available network intrusion detection systems. The company exited with an acquisition by Intrusion.com in 2000.
After his time at Intrusion.com, Elliot founded AlchemyAPI and created one of the first commercially available Natural Language Processing APIs, and was also the first to market in image recognition, offering a deep learning vision API that could detect arbitrary objects. AlchemyAPI was acquired by IBM Watson in 2015. While at IBM, Elliot ran various efforts at Watson including Discovery and NLU as well as overseeing product management of the Watson API portfolio of vision, speech, NLP, and translation services.