Phillippe Siclait

I’m a software engineer and entrepreneur working on making collaboration easier for 3D artists.


How does this lazy sequence work?

3 June 20207 min read

I explore a succinct, corecursive definition for the sequence of prime numbers in Clojure—and how it works.

Building Raft in Clojure

7 May 202010 min read

Diego Ongaro and John Ousterhout created Raft, an understandable algorithm for achieving consensus in distributed systems. In this post, I describe how I built an implementation of Raft in Clojure.


Equity for Impact

November 2020 – Present

Equity for Impact is a community of Airbnb alumni and employees who are pledging to give a portion of their equity to charitable organizations. Janet Frishberg, Andrew Vilcsak, and I built Equity for Impact with a group of volunteers in the Airbnb community, in partnership with Founders Pledge. To date, over 400 people have pledged around $50 million in shares.

Charitable giving
6.824 labs in Clojure

May 2020

6.824 is MIT’s Distributed Systems course, taught by Robert Morris. This is a direct translation of the scaffolding (tests and library code) for the course’s labs. By request of the professor, the repository doesn’t include solutions for the labs.

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Distributed systems
“Maker weekend” illustrated stickers

April 2019

I created a set of six illustrated stickers for an event I hosted in spring of 2019.

Adobe Illustrator



2021 – Present

Clay is working on making collaboration easier for 3D artists. I co-founded Clay with Sebastien Siclait, a software engineer and former Technical Director at Disney Animation (and my brother).

Convexity AI

2018 – 2019

I started Convexity to help clients build machine learning systems. Among other projects, I worked with a legal software client to build text classification and sequence labeling models to extract information from legal contracts, and set up the underlying data infrastructure.


2012 – 2018

I was the third engineer on the Search team and the founding engineer of the Supply Growth, Supply Quality, and AI Lab teams. While at Airbnb, I launched search ranking changes that led to a collective double digit percentage increase in bookings and I built the company’s image classification system.

The Boston Consulting Group

2011 – 2012

I consulted Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy. Projects included helping a global pharmaceutical company manage the transition of research to contract research organizations and working with a large telecom on its three-year capital allocation plan.

MIT Computer Graphics Group

2008 – 2009

I used OpenGL and the Bullet physics engine to create 3D, real-time, dynamic computer simulations of masonry structures and their collapse. My work appeared in Emily Whiting’s 2009 Siggraph Asia paper, “Procedural Modeling of Structurally-Sound Masonry Buildings”.

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