Co-Inventor of Ask Search Technology
Apostolos Gerasoulis, better known as A.G., co-founded Teoma Technologies, a leading algorithmic search engine in February 2000. A.G. is relentlessly focused on the continual innovation of Ask's global search technology. His Expert Rank technology makes Ask the only search engine to deliver real-time, community-based relevant results. Gerasoulis holds a Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook and has been a Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University since 1979.
State University of New York at Stony Brook
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Homer - for his War in Life (the Iliad) and The Trip in Life (The Odyssey).
Which living person do you most admire?
Steve Jobs (for his Artistic simplicity and for never giving up).
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Slightly overweight. Getting harder to lose weight with age.
What is your greatest fear?
Heights -- Jumping off a plane with a parachute.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Mitsubishi VR4-3000-Twin Turbo 300HP red color, when I spent all my life's savings 16 years ago to buy one.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Great Friends and Family.
What is your favorite journey?
Honeymoon -- took 3 months off traveling around the world.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Pretending to be nice/kind. Instead of being real.
On what occasion do you lie?
When you date you don't say you liked someone else better when asked.
Which living person do you most despise?
Pinochet -- for the cruel long wait of all families to find what happened to the loved ones that disappeared.
When & where were you happiest?
July 24, 1994 -- the day I got married -- reached Nirvana in happiness.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Be a Painter like Modigliani.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Being less sensitive to critique.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Founding Teoma Technologies.
If you die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being able to enjoy life.
What is your favorite occupation?
Leading search technologies at Ask.com.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Who are your heroes?
Achilles, Martin Luther King, John von Neumann.
What is your motto?
Be truthful to yourself.
Watch the Apostolos TV spots