Who is Kami?

Everything you need to know About our team.

ABOUT KAMI

Kami is an educational technology application that provides educators and students tools to view and edit documents and PDF files.

Our web application offers easy-to-use and valuable tools to millions of educators and students needing a document and PDF solution. Kami also enables the increasing number of American K-12 schools to edit and collaborate worksheets and interact with publisher-supplied PDF files in their Chromebooks.

Aside from our web application, Kami is also available in the Chrome Web Store and Google Apps Marketplace, attracting millions of installs and gaining high user ratings.  

Founded in 2013 by Hengjie Wang (CEO), Jordan Thoms (CTO), and Alliv Samson (COO), our team is based in Auckland and San Francisco. Kami is backed by Silicon Valley and New Zealand investors, such as Sam Altman (Y Combinator), Scott Nolan (Founders Fund), Flying Kiwi Angels, and Right Side Capital Management.

Kami is a proud Google Partner, a 2012 The University of Auckland Velocity 100K Challenge finalist, and the 2015 New Zealand Innovation Award winner.

We are a team passionate about technology and education. If you think you will fit our team, send us a cover letter and CV at jobs@kamihq.com

Awards we’ve won (so far)

Innovation in Information Communications Technology
and Cloud Solutions

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KAMI TIMELINE

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    It started with a problem

    While finishing their studies at The University of Auckland in New Zealand, Hengjie, Jordan, and Alliv started Notable.ac a web app for taking notes for university students. Became a finalist at the university’s Spark 100K Challenge.

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    Notable PDF

    The founders revamped what was Notable.ac into Notable PDF a PDF annotation app. Beta was launched in the Chrome App Store and Google Apps Marketplace. Reached over 1 Million annotations within the first few months.

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    Call us 'Kami'

    Notable PDF rebranded to ‘Kami’ (means paper in Japanese) to suit the product vision and brand. You can now use other file types in addition to PDFs with Kami. The team also won the New Zealand Innovators Awards.

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    First Million and Edtech

    Kami started the year with its first million signups, 20 million documents, and 40 million annotations. And ended 2016 with over two million signups, 31 million documents and 110 million annotations. Notably, there are over 4 million app and extension installs in the G Suite Marketplace and Chrome Web Store. Mid-2016 is also when Kami focused on education market.

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    The Future

    Start using Kami and be part of our fast growing community.

Kami Team

Hengjie Wang
Co-Founder CEO
“The Debater”

Alliv Samson
Co-Founder COO
“Class President”

Jordan Thoms
Co-Founder CTO
“The Nerd”

James Knapp
Marketing
Content Marketing Manager

Marshall Harbin
Marketing
Community Manager

Jeff Wu
Sales
Customer Success

Kevin Chu
Marketing
Videographer

Jason Yin
Engineering

Franklin Wang
Engineering

Bob Drummond
Chairman

David Russell
Board

Scott Nolan
Advisor

Sam Altman
Advisor