Quantum Tech Pod Episode 23: Joe Fitzsimons, Horizon Quantum Computing CEO
(QuantumTechPod) Host Christopher Bishop’s Quantum Tech Pod with Joe Fitzsimons, CEO, Horizon Quantum Computing is now live! At university, he focused on quantum because he always wanted to work on a frontier technology whose primary goal was to have an effect on the world. Worth noting that a Ph.D. in physics is NOT required to work at Horizon. Senior program manager Amanda Chew recently joined from Microsoft and brings her experience developing software solutions to the quantum world. Check it out by clicking on sound bar at bottom of page here.
Biography of Dr. Joseph Fitzsimons
Dr. Joe Fitzsimons left a tenured faculty position at Singapore University of Technology and Design to found Horizon Quantum Computing in 2018. Drawing on over 15 years’ experience in quantum computing and computational complexity theory, his goal is to make quantum computing a general-purpose computing technology, capable of addressing some of the world’s most challenging computational problems.
Joe received a BSc in Theoretical Physics from University College Dublin and a DPhil from Oxford, where he went on to become a fellow of Merton College.
Dr. Fitzsimons has been named as a National Research Foundation Fellow and to the MIT Technology Review’s list of Innovators Under 35 Asia.
His company Horizon Quantum Computing is pioneering an approach to quantum computing that allows users to write programs in classical languages that can be compiled and run on conventional or quantum computers, without any knowledge in quantum computing.
By removing the need for prior quantum computing experience, Horizon’s tools will democratize the development of quantum-enhanced applications, making the power of quantum computing accessible to every software developer.
About Horizon Computing
Horizon Computing is working to democratise quantum computing applications for businesses by removing the need for quantum algorithms knowledge for software developers. For that, Horizon Computing is building a compiler that automatically constructs quantum algorithms from classical code.
The company was founded in 2018 in Singapore by Dr Joe Fitzsimons, DPhil from Oxford, a specialist in quantum computing and computational complexity theory with over 15 years of experience. The leadership team also includes Dr Si-Hui Tan, PhD from MIT, who has been actively involved in quantum research for 15 years.
A seed round led by SGInnovate and seed-plus led by Sequoia Capital India allowed our company to bring its financing to SGD 4.5 million (USD 3.23 million). Other investors include Abies Ventures, DCVC, Qubit Protocol, Summer Capital and Posa CV.