Our mission is to bring idea meritocracies to the world, in other words, organizations in which the best ideas win. Humans are naturally and historically poor at decision making, and the costs are high: opportunities squandered, businesses wrecked, people hurt.  Why? Human ego, frailty, and bias. The idea meritocracy exists to help people get what they want out of life. Our team has set out to systemize a better way for people to work together, to build strong and vibrant communities, and ultimately to achieve world class results. We equip people with the ability to understand one another, thoughtfully disagree, stress test ideas, and compound knowledge through objective decision making.

Team & Product

Dave Ferrucci, the creator of IBM’s Watson and founder of Elemental Cognition, has joined forces with Ray Dalio, founder of the largest and most successful hedge fund in history and author of New York Times #1 bestseller, Principles. Together, they lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and artists creating a platform that combines the best qualities of intelligent systems and intelligent humans.


By collecting streams of real time experimental and observational data from a large and ever-growing number of sources, we construct and fit statistical, machine learning, and optimization models of people and of work. In a collegial atmosphere we debate modeling of human character, and what is the best ontology to represent it. We ask ourselves questions like: how do we know what people are like? Who is best for a given job? How can we work, together, better, more effectively? And, since we aspire to help people all over the world, we engineer for scale—a suite of applications built atop a forward thinking scalable and distributed architecture, to sustain a beautiful user experience within a rich ecosystem.


  • Write code and scripts leveraged by developers, infra engineers and system components
  • Leverage open source tech and tools to build a high-availability, container-based platform
  • Partner with dev team to deploy new services based on user stories and technical requirements
  • Engineer CICD workflows used for automated testing, rapid deployment, and quality control
  • Maintain, debug, and enhance growing ecosystem


  • Extensive experience leveraging cloud platforms (Ideally AWS)
  • Deep understanding of various Linux OS’s (Debian / Container Linux / Atomic Host)
  • Familiar with container technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes (etcd & dex), Helm.
  • Configuration management experience (Terraform, kube-aws, Chef, Ignition)
  • Admin experience with any of the following technologies: Kafka, Zookeeper, Consul, Vault, Apache Ignite, Apache Spark, Quay, Redis, Elastic Search, PostgreSQL, Datomic, HAProxy & Nginx
  • Expertise in software development using Go, Java, Scala, Ruby, or Python

To Learn More About Us Check Out:

Ray Dalio: "Principles: Life and Work" | Talks at Google:

How to Build A Company Where the Best Ideas Win Out (SXSW):

Ray Dalio Ted Talk:

TechCrunch: AI is About the People, Not the Machines:

Bridgewater Associates, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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