Stephen D. Smith - Co-Founder & Chairman

Stephen D. Smith is Executive Chairman and co-founder of StoryFile, the world’s first AI Conversational Video platform that brings video to life. 

Stephen is an international speaker and oral historian who specializes in immersive media.

In addition to his role at StoryFile, Stephen serves as Executive Director Emeritus of USC Shoah Foundation, the archive founded by Steven Spielberg to document the Holocaust and global genocides. He is a theologian by training and in that capacity is USC Visiting Professor of Religion, where he researches genocide related testimony.

Stephen has authored several books and has two titles forthcoming in 2022: The Trajectory of Memory and Holocaust XR

Stephen is a member of the order of the British Empire.

Heather Maio-Smith - Chief Visionary Officer, Co-Founder & President

Heather Maio-Smith is an award-winning interactive storytelling pioneer and technology visionary who brings over a decade of immersive storytelling leadership to StoryFile.

In 2009, Heather understood that the future of storytelling lay at the intersection of digital media and ‘natural conversation’ and decided to create it. As a leader in content based technology, she has spoken about Natural Conversation at Microsoft (2017), US Holocaust Museum (2017), Dartmouth College (2018), FoST (2018), SXSW (2019),, M.I.T. (2020), and AI Summit (2020). Heather’s work has been featured in Fast Company, NBC’s The Today Show, The New Yorker, Reuters, CBS Sunday Morning,BBC, and CBS 60 Minutes.

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