Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read

Babur Ozden

Podcast #166 Industrial Trailblazer

Empowering decision-makers by delivering the appropriate insights to the right people at the right time.


In this week's episode, Ken Forster talks to Babur Ozden, Founder & CEO of Manna, Vice President at SparkCognition.

Babur Ozden, Founder & CEO of MAANA and now Vice President at SparkCognition, a company building the world's leading AI platforms that drive reliability, efficiency, security, and automation for industrial and global enterprises. Babur co-founded MAANA and served as its CEO for eight years through its acquisition by SparkCognition in July 2021.


Prior to MAANA, Babur held CMO, COO and CEO roles at several tech startups. Recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, Babur holds an Executive MBA degree from Rice University and a BA degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.


Discussion Points Were:

  • What would you consider to be your 'Digital Thread'?
  • What does the term "industrial digital transformation" mean to you?
  • Prior to establishing MAANA, you had an exceptional track record of leadership. What early leadership observations brought you to the Industrial IoT space?
  • What motivated you to create MAAN, and what were some of your most significant use cases and successes?
  • With Intel Capital, Chevron Technology Ventures, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures, Shell Technology Ventures, Accenture Ventures, China International Capital Corporation, Sino Capital, and GE Ventures as strategic investors, you may have one of the largest strategic investor groups we've seen. Why did you take on so many strategic investors, and how did it work out?
  • Describe how an organization can determine if they are ready to implement your solution and what best practices you have observed.
  • What would you expect for the next 5 years in terms of Industrial IOT and Analytics?
  • MAANA was a Silicon Valley firm. I see you've joined the Texodus and moved to Austin. How has it panned out for you personally and professionally?
  • Finally, where do you find inspiration (books, people, online)?



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About SparkCognition:

SparkCognition’s award-winning AI solutions allow organizations to predict future outcomes, optimize processes, and prevent cyberattacks. They partner with the world’s industry leaders to analyze, optimize, and learn from data, augment human intelligence, drive profitable growth, and achieve operational excellence. Their patented AI, machine learning, and natural language technologies lead the industry in innovation and accelerate digital transformation. The solutions allow organizations to solve critical challenges – prevent unexpected downtime, maximize asset performance, optimize prices, and ensure worker safety while avoiding zero-day cyberattacks on essential IT and OT infrastructure. To learn more about how SparkCognition’s AI solutions can unlock the power in your data, visit