Unlocking Full Potential Through Data

About Us

At Element, we're inspired by people who work at industrial companies on day-to-day operations, who keep the lights on and provide so much of the world’s living necessities. We provide them with technology that removes existing obstacles and enables them to realize the full potential of their capabilities.

Our mission is to make industrial data incredibly easy to use, and turn it into insight that people can act on to achieve new levels of operational performance. We're a team of industry veterans, data scientists and engineers, analytical and creative thinkers. We thrive on solving hard problems and turning data into real-world impact.

Andy Bane

CEO

As CEO, Andy oversees the vision and growth of Element Analytics. Previously, he held executive roles at enterprise software companies, from VC-backed startups to private equity-backed growth plays to business units of large-cap publicly traded companies. He served as EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for ABB Enterprise Software; was EVP of Product Mgmt. and CMO at Ventyx, a Vista Equity Partners company, acquired by ABB for over $1 billion; and was SVP of Product Mgmt. and Mktg. at P2 Energy Solutions. Andy earned his BA at University of Colorado, Boulder. He's passionate about helping industrial organizations reach new levels of asset performance by using big data to solve complex problems. He and his wife Lisa, a veterinarian, enjoy being outdoors biking, golfing, skiing, hiking, and camping with their children.

Sameer Kalwani

Founder, VP of Product

A passion for analytics in basic infrastructure inspired Sameer to found Element Analytics, where he oversees product strategy, product design, and product marketing. Previously, he was CTO & Head of Product at Sarvajal, an innovative drinking water utility with 1000+ distributed water treatment plants. His patented solutions reduced Sarvajal’s O&M costs by >60% and consumer water price by 60x. His products have been recognized with Frost & Sullivan's Enabling Technology Award of the Year and as FastCo’s Top 10 Most Innovative Products. Earlier, Sameer consulted on IT M&A at Deloitte, managed product at Apcera, finance at Goldman Sachs, and manufacturing at Visteon. Sameer holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and BS in Cognitive Psychology from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife Ashi, and son Akash, enjoy exploring regional cuisines.

Stephen Walsh

EVP of Sales

Stephen leads the World Wide Sales & Alliances Team. Prior to Element, Stephen has had more than two decades of Sales and Alliances Leadership in enterprise software. Most recently, he lead Oracle’s Master Data Management, Application Security & Financial Controls sales teams in North America. Prior to Oracle, Stephen held executive positions including VP Sales and Alliances for LogicalApps (acquired by Oracle), VP and GM at ICG Commerce (acquired by Accenture) and VP Enterprise Customers at Dun & Bradstreet. Stephen received a BA in Economics from San Diego State University.  On the weekends you can find him fly fishing and camping.

Sean McCormick

VP of Engineering

Sean leads the engineering and technical operations teams at Element Analytics, his first foray into industrial software. Previously, he worked at Quantcast for 8 years, where he held various technical leadership roles and was most recently Director of Engineering. During this time, he was responsible for the Quantcast Measure product, more than 10 PB/day of compute, the company website, several machine learning systems, plus the operations for each of these areas. Before that, he was the Lead Engineer at a startup called SonicLiving and ran the Strategic Projects team at AdBrite, prototyping new products for technical feasibility and market fit. Sean studied Computer Science at San Francisco State University. When he's not at work, he likes to spend his time riding his bicycle around Oakland with his daughter.

Andrew Soignier

Head of Industry Solutions

Responsible for global solution sales, Andrew has 20+ years of experience helping global industrial organizations solve critical asset management and process safety challenges. Previously, he was VP of Solutions Marketing at Meridium and held leadership roles at ABB and Invensys in sales, marketing, and product. His areas of expertise span Enterprise Software, Manufacturing IT, Digital Oilfield, Process Safety, Rotating Equipment, and Risk Management. He holds a BA in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Louisiana State University. He began his career as a safety instrumentation engineer deploying solutions for critical equipment in the petroleum, chemicals and pulp and paper industries, among others. He's an avid drummer and lives in Baton Rouge with his family.

Moisés Olivares

Product Design Manager

Moisés is passionate about solving complex problems and turning them into intuitive experiences by using a human-centered and data supported approach. His experiences on Facebook’s Business Intelligence team, and Google, as well as several design agencies in San Francisco, allow him to bring consumer design thinking into the industrial software space. Moisés applies a holistic approach as a systems thinker. He holds an MFA in Interaction Design and New Media from Academy of Art University, and a BA in Industrial Design & Visual Communication from the University of Notre Dame.

Paul Tsier

Software Engineer

Paul brings machine learning solutions to new industries and problem sets. Previously, he worked as a software and data engineer at Google and Quantcast, where he implemented and deployed ML algorithms into production against very large data sets. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. He enjoys rock climbing, playing guitar, and attending Burning Man. 

Brian Thompson

Engineering Manager

Brian is a software engineer building the Element Platform. Prior to joining Element Analytics, Brian was a software engineer at Blend Labs and Quantcast working on big data processing, distributed systems, and analytics projects. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in Electrical and Computing Engineering. Outside of work, Brian enjoys swimming and camping throughout Northern California.

Jie Chou

Director, Forward Deployed Engineers

Jie leads a team of Forward Deployed Engineers that delivers asset data models to industrials. Prior to Element, Jie held client-facing roles at OSIsoft helping industrials drive more business value from their operational data through asset models and analytics. Jie holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Rice University and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time hiking outdoors.

George Elliott

Software Engineer

George is a California native with an untraditional educational background who has spent years building highly interactive software leveraging the latest web development technologies. He believes that the powerful combination of technology and UX is transforming how industries operate, making them safer and more efficient, with Element Analytics at the forefront. In his free time he enjoys reading, gaming, animation, and craft beers.

Aaron Peschel

Systems Engineer

Aaron is passionate about bringing projects from the planning phases all the way through completion to a well polished end. He specializes in agile coordination between operations and development teams. Previously, he was a Development Operations Engineer at Zendesk and a Systems Engineer at HP. He holds a BE in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Irvine.

Sarah Cartmill Odello

People Operations Manager

Sarah is a Colorado native turned Californian. She's passionate about making people's lives better and easier. Previously at Salesforce and Facebook, she's worked as a recruiter, office manager, Executive Assistant and in HR. With a Dance degree from Cal State University, East Bay, she occasionally creates dance pieces and performs in SF and the East Bay. Her greatest love is her baby son, Roman, followed closely by her husband Ryan. She also loves boxing, writing and doing stand-up comedy, traveling, and eating. She really, really loves eating.

Daniel Fennelly

Software Engineer

Daniel is a software engineer working on the Element Platform. Prior to joining Element Analytics, he worked on analytics applications at Twitter to provide users insight into the Twitter Ads ecosystem. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and is passionate about human-data interaction. In his spare time Daniel works on large interactive art and DJs small parties in Oakland with his friends.

Nina Garcia

Software Engineer

Nina is a software engineer working on the Element Platform. She previously developed web analytics for Addthis/Oracle and sensor simulation environments for NVESD. She enjoys API development and schemas, and holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from George Mason University. In addition to habitual and uncontrollable snacking, she indulges in whispery indie music, dog cuddles, and dark beer.

Andrew Vignes

Forward Deployed Engineer

With over 18 years of experience, Andrew is passionate about solving business problems with process data. Previously, he worked as an IT and Business Analysis Manager at Shell Oil Products, Aspen Technology, and FEMA. He specializes in data historians, alarm management systems, and applying his IT and statistics skill set to help industrials achieve operational excellence. He holds a BS in Microbiology, a BA in Russian Studies, and an MBA From Louisiana State University. Currently, he’s in the process of completing an MA in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. Outside of work, he enjoys gardening and exploring the world with his young children.

Mary Lin

Software Engineer

Mary is a software engineer working on Element Platform. Before Element Analytics, she was a software engineer at Schlumberger building data processing and analytics products. She holds a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from Tsinghua University. In her free time, she likes hiking, traveling and eating outside with friends.

Azizbek Kurbanov

Lead Test Engineer

Azizbek has over a decade of experience in leading software testing and automation. As a first test engineer in fast-paced, agile startups, Azizbek has established testing processes and environments, building and leading Quality Assurance engineering teams. His ultimate goal is always customer and stakeholder satisfaction. When he is not breaking software, Azizbek likes to spend time with his family cooking, taking pictures, or twisting a cube puzzle from his growing collection. 

Steve Ho

Forward Deployed Engineer

Steven is a Forward Deployed Engineer and a playful crafter of ideas. Keenly interested in business and technology, he is driven toward empowering and helping teams achieve operational excellence. Steven holds a BS and ME in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M and has 15 years control engineering experience with roles in production, research, process safety, and digital solutions

Enrique Meneses

Software Engineer

Enrique is a software engineer with the team building the Element Analytics platform. Previously, he started Careflow Solutions where he developed a product for connected and collaborative care planning.  He also designed and developed a variety of software solutions for healthcare organizations such as physician and patient facing web applications and backend server software with data integration across a variety clinical systems and work with large databases. Before that, he worked at IBM on a large-scale electronic health record and cluster management software. Enrique holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of work he enjoys time with his family and also doing Bikram yoga.

Steve Griffen

Global Solutions Advisor

Steve is responsible for engaging with field sales of Element Analytics technology.  Steve has spent his career in sales, marketing, and sales management supporting large industrial companies selling complex technology solutions.  He has worked with senior management in some of the largest companies around the world.  Steve specializes in assisting companies with the evaluation and business use analysis of technology solutions that will deliver positive financial results. Prior to joining Element Analytics Steve worked for various software and technology companies including Meridium, Epicor, KANA, and IBM.  He started his career at IBM where he worked for many years in sales and management.  Steve is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing with his family.

Care Rivers-Uy

Senior Product Manager

Care is passionate about the intersection of technology and business, and the different forms this can take across industries. She has managed online banking channels, developed interactive experiences for auto shows, and delivered integrations for leads management. She holds a BS in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Care and Sherri, her wife, love exploring both locally and internationally.

Nick Childers

Engineering Manager

Nick is a software engineer with over two decades of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. He is passionate about utilizing new technologies and maintaining a scalable, high performant, and understandable code base. Throughout his career he has become an expert in numerous programming languages and has applied his knowledge to the security, defense, and academic industries. In his limited free time, Nick is an avid gamer and occasionally participates in a guild that he formed while still in high school.

Kanyin Ogunrinde

Forward Deployed Engineer

Kanyin has over 6 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry. With a background in Petroleum Systems Engineering, her career has been focused on harnessing the power of operational data to provide business intelligence. Kanyin is an OSIsoft Accredited PI System Infrastructure Specialist, and has extensive experience with System Integration. She has her BASc. from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Outside of work she likes to volunteer, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Jessica Mintz

Forward Deployed Engineer

Jessica is a data analytics and business intelligence professional with a passion for using advanced analytics techniques in order to glean valuable and actionable insights from data. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics and Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University.  She has experience implementing and managing business intelligence and advanced analytics solutions in the energy and mass media & communications industries.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys trying new restaurants and wines with her friends and family.

Jonathan Skelding

Head of Strategic Partners

Jonathan is responsible for developing and managing the key partner relationships that help our customers unlock and recognize the value of their data faster. Jonathan previously built the ServiceMax partner program encompassing Technology, Marketplace, Indirect Channel, and SI’s through to the $1B acquisition by GE Digital where he went on to become the Global Head of Technology and ISV Partnerships. Jonathan has held roles in engineering, consulting, and sales predominantly in startups, and has built business in North America, Europe, Japan, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and the Middle East. Outside of work Jonathan is passionate about getting outside and hiking, backpacking, road biking, taking trips to wine country, or sailing. When time allows Jonathan is an avid traveler.

Carolina Pena

Product Designer

Carolina is strongly motivated by how design impacts the daily lives of people. She is passionate about translating complex problems into efficient and empathetic experiences for humans. She has worked for a variety of industries, from online education to SaaS enterprises. Her career has been focused on understanding the power of data to provide meaningful insights that help businesses and their users. She holds a B.S in Industrial Design from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Colombia and a Master's Degree in Urban Design from the Barcelona University in Spain. She enjoys DIY projects, traveling, and discovering new places to eat.

Heathcliff Howland

Senior Director, Customer Success

Passionate about using advanced digital technologies to optimize the way heavy industry works.

Jose Bethancourt

Forward Deployed Engineer

With over two decades of experience in the Information Technology domain, Jose has spent most of his career in the Oil and Gas industry. Prior to Element, he worked for various Fortune 500 companies including Chevron, Shell, Wipro, Dell, and Texaco. Jose holds a BS in Computer Science and an MBA from IE Business School in Spain. He is passionate about increasing business value through the use of technology. Outside of work he enjoys training for marathons, working out, and spending time with his family.

JT D'Alessandro

Senior Account Executive

JT is an experienced enterprise sales executive. Most recently he helped Workiva grow from a private organization to a publicly traded software company. He started his career as an engineer in oil and gas.

Jerry Hillard

Senior Account Executive

Enterprise software executive focused on assisting utilities and manufacturing companies to drive digital transformation.

Adam Scheidler

Forward Deployed Engineer

As a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Adam is dedicated to solving complex problems with real-world solutions. He has 7 years of offshore Oil & Gas experience, in which he has provided engineering and operations support in many of the major O&G regions around the world: Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, Russia, and Trinidad and Tobago. He has been involved in the design and analysis of numerous offshore systems and permanent facilities, applying his analytical and numerical background to achieve project success. Adam graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, traveling, and taking it easy.

Mostafa Safdarnejad

Forward Deployed Engineer

Mostafa has over 5 years of experience in oil & gas and energy industries. He specializes in modeling, optimization, and predictive analytics and has developed mathematical and data-driven optimization models to improve the profitability and efficiency of various industrial settings. Mostafa has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU), and a MSc and BSc from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST). Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, outdoor activities, and traveling.

Shubhada Zunjarwad

Senior Product Manager

Shubhada has a strong technical and engineering background to compliment her Product Management experience. Previously at Microsoft for over twelve years, she worked across enterprise, consumer, productivity and business operations spaces. At Microsoft, she contributed to the Office on Android Apps, Skype for Business Server & Client and B2B integration platform teams. She is excited to create innovative solutions that solve customer problems, and drive business growth. She loves to conduct user research, seek customer insights and analyze metrics. Shubhada holds an MS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in Virginia and a BS in Computer Science from University of Pune, in India. She enjoys traveling and exploring the world with her family, son Dhruv and husband Shantanu.

Corinne Oplinger

Office Operations Coordinator

Corinne actualizes her lifelong fascination with humans by carefully studying the complex ways they relate to one another, drawing from a BA in Psychology from Boston University, years of world travel, and work in a diverse collection of fields. Her present quest is to craft the most comfortable and inspiring spaces for others to find connection and growth. When not organizing cable drawers or debating the the perfect mix of office snacks to satisfy the team, she spends her time dancing, making weird art, napping, and befriending neighborhood cats.

Bob Tucker

Engineering Manager

Bob leads the Platform and Quality Teams at Element. Previously Bob worked at RaiseMe, the micro-scholarship financial aid platform, where he held several technical leadership roles, most recently Director of Engineering. Bob helped organize engineering through rapid growth while updating the platform. Previously, Bob was the Infrastructure Team Manager at Change.org, the global activism platform. Bob led the effort to re-platform the infrastructure to scale for globally viral events. Prior to Change.org Bob was a Senior DevOps engineer at PowerReviews before during and after the successful acquisition by BazaarVoice. When not in the office, Bob enjoys playing with his dog Hiro Protagonist and may or may not have a vehicle addiction.

Sarthak Raste

Systems Engineer

Sarthak is passionate about helping the community and world become a better place by working on problems that haven't been solved yet. He holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering from San Jose State University. Prior to joining Element, Sarthak worked as a Site Reliability Engineer at ZineOne Inc. Having worked in startups all his career, Sarthak thrives in a continuously changing and fast paced environment. As a life long learner, he is constantly looking for avenues to upgrade his skills and learn something new everyday. Outside work, Sarthak has excellent communication skills in 3 languages, loves to cook/experiment and feed others, and a big fan of standup comedy and comedy podcasts.

Dallas Swift

Forward Deployed Engineer

Dallas is passionate about helping industries get more value from their data. Before joining Element, he spent several years at OSIsoft helping companies use the PI System to answer questions involving time series data. He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, where his research focused on chemical reactor modeling and optimization. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. Outside of work, he loves to explore the outdoors, cook, and spend time with his family.

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Our Values

“These values connect us and guide the way we work together.”

– Sameer

People-Centric Experiences

We design and build technology that puts people first. It molds to their needs and behavior, and enables them through intuitive user experiences to do what they do best, faster.

Simplicity

We seek to understand complexity and simplify it. We value simplicity because it's easily understood and helps people focus on what’s most important.

Humility

We listen, we learn, and we enjoy building things with smart people who are made better by working as a team.

Honest Growth

We focused on growth without shortcuts. We're honest with ourselves and the people we work with; honest growth is the only kind of real, sustainable growth.

Experiential Diversity

We respect, value, and seek out each other’s diverse perspectives. An encouraging, diverse environment brings out the best in everyone and surfaces new ideas and opportunities. Together, we arrive at the optimal solution.

A Scientific Approach

We apply the scientific method to problem-solving. We hypothesize and test assumptions, continuously and rapidly iterate based on results. Testing before building allows us to make better decisions and create the most impactful solutions.

Board of Directors

David Mount

Founder, Element; Partner, KPCB's Green Growth Fund

David Mount is a partner in G2VP, which supports young companies leading new markets in sustainable ways. A seasoned investor at the forefront of the Internet of Things, energy and industrials markets, David Mount has spent his career advancing the ‘Industrial Awakening’ by supporting companies at the intersection of connectivity, advanced processing and traditional industry. Over the last decade, David was a Partner at Kleiner Perkins’ $1B Green Growth Fund, where he invested in OSIsoft (shares sold to SoftBank), ServiceMax (acquired by GE), Opower (acquired by Oracle), SilverSpring Networks (SSNI), UpWind Solutions (acquired by Vestas) and Choose Energy (acquired by Red Ventures). Prior to Kleiner Perkins, David developed his principal investing expertise at Bain Capital Credit, a $20B structured finance unit of Bain Capital. There, David helped manage a traditional energy portfolio, which included exploration, production, refining, field services and specialty chemicals. His involvement in the firm’s consumer portfolio included investments in multinationals within the food, health and sustainable business sectors. David holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in environment and resources and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He remains involved at Stanford as a guest lecturer and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Science

Veery Maxwell

Director of Philanthropic Services, Energy Innovation

Veery helps clients achieve their goals in climate and energy philanthropy. Veery earned a JD degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. She was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal. Veery received a BA magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. She spent her junior year at the London School of Economics. While she attended Georgetown and Hastings, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific.

Andy Bane

CEO

As CEO, Andy oversees the vision and growth of Element Analytics. Previously, he held executive roles at enterprise software companies, from VC-backed startups to private equity-backed growth plays to business units of large-cap publicly traded companies. He served as EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for ABB Enterprise Software; was EVP of Product Mgmt. and CMO at Ventyx, a Vista Equity Partners company, acquired by ABB for over $1 billion; and was SVP of Product Mgmt. and Mktg. at P2 Energy Solutions. Andy earned his BA at University of Colorado, Boulder. He's passionate about helping industrial organizations reach new levels of asset performance by using big data to solve complex problems. He and his wife Lisa, a veterinarian, enjoy being outdoors biking, golfing, skiing, hiking, and camping with their children.

Advisors

Eli Collins

Chief Technologist & VP Engineering, Cloudera

Eli serves as Cloudera's Chief Technologist, focused on new technology and strategy, and Engineering VP, responsible for Cloudera’s data platform (CDH). He also advises and invests in enterprise startups. Eli holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from New York University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively.

Eamonn Keough

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, UC Riverside

Eamonn studies topics related to time-series problems. His work has made important contributions to computer science; he first proposed a method for “lower bounding” the distance between time series, an idea used by more than 150 research groups worldwide that is at the heart of most current algorithms. He developed the “SAX” (Symbolic Aggregate approXimation) time-series representation, used to analyze various data, including telemedicine time series, biometric data, motion capture data, robotic sensor data, spatiotemporal data, music performances, magnetic resonance imaging data, environmental acoustic data, financial data, gene data and network traffic data. One of the most cited researchers in his field, Keogh has published more than 110 research papers. 

Vaibhav Nivargi

Co-Founder & CTO, Stealth

Vaibhav is a serial entrepreneur with 12+ years of experience building products and companies in the big data, analytics and machine learning space. Most recently, he founded ClearStory Data, which enabled F500 enterprise customers to interactively blend their private and public data, and uncover insights without requiring any programming or data modeling expertise. Prior to ClearStory, Vaibhav was one of the early engineers at Aster Data (a pioneering big data company acquired by Teradata in 2011) where he developed key areas of the Aster MapReduce platform. Before Aster, his experience includes optimizing the Linux kernel for multi-core processors and building distributed file systems. Vaibhav has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Jan van Dokkum

Operating Partner, KPCB

Jan van Dokkum assists KPCB’s greentech ventures toward commercialization. Jan has 30 years of experience in building organizations to achieve rapid growth through effective go-to-market strategies, strategic partnerships, cost-effective manufacturing and supply chain implementation, and human resource deployment. Earlier in his career, he served as president of UTC Power and as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. Jan is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.

John Redgrave

EIR at Playground Global

John Redgrave is currently an angel investor, start-up advisor, and EIR at Playground Global. John has over 15 years of experience in enterprise technology, start-ups and management consulting. He was previously COO of Lattice Data (acquired by AAPL), a machine learning startup focused on rapid knowledge base construction to fuel the next generation of AI applications. During his time at Lattice, John led the acquisition process, investor relations, business development, and operations. Prior to Lattice, he served as Head of Strategy and Operations at Palantir Technologies where he helped the company grow from a 200-person company valued in the millions to a 2000-person company valued at $20B. During his time at Palantir, he built the company's healthcare vertical, led multiple commercial customer engagements, ran worldwide operations, and built the strategy capability for the company to identify greenfield opportunities and solve scaling challenges for Palantir and its customers.   John obtained his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and his AB in Economics with honors from Brown University.

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