At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top California based CEO’ operating in the Industrial space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
CEO of City Storage Systems
Travis Kalanick is a CEO at City Storage Systems. He is a co-founder and the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. Travis Kalanick is an entrepreneur in the areas of consumer internet, transportation, and enterprise content delivery. His most recent company, Uber, an on-demand black car service, seeks to be “Everyone’s Private Driver” by bringing disruptive technology and business innovation to urban transportation challenges. Prior to Uber, Travis founded Red Swoosh , an enterprise content delivery company that he sold to Akamai Technologies in 2007. Prior companies include Scour, the world’s first peer-to-peer search engine where Kalanick also attained the dubious distinction of having been sued for $250 billion. In addition, Kalanick has been an active angel investor. Kalanick lived in Northridge, California where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles to study computer engineering.
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About 10100 fund, City Storage Systems, CloudKitchens, Uber China, Uber Eats: City Storage Systems is a startup that focuses on re-purposing distressed real estate assets.
CEO & Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop
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About Virgin Hyperloop: Virgin Hyperloop is a developer of a transportation technology used to deliver fast, direct, and sustainable transportation at scale.
CEO of FirePower Technology
Larry Firestone is a founder and was named the CEO of FirePower Technology, Inc. in February 2014. Mr. Firestone is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and industrial companies and a strong track record of turning companies around and delivering profitable growth and gaining market share while achieving recognition for high quality and outstanding customer satisfaction. Prior to joining FirePower, he was the President and CEO of Qualstar, a publicly held power supply and data storage company, chief financial officer of X-IO Storage a privately held data storage company and prior to X-IO Storage he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Advanced Energy a publicly held power conversion company. Prior to Advanced Energy he held both CFO and COO positions at various other private and public companies. Mr. Firestone holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a concentration in Accounting from Slippery Rock State College.
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About Cenntro, FirePower Technology: FirePower Technology manufactures and markets power supplies and cooling devices for computers.
Chief Executive Officer of sensemetrics
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About sensemetrics: sensemetrics is the IIoT company transforming sensor data into real-time business intelligence to enable productivity and safety solutions
Chief Executive Officer of sensemetrics
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About sensemetrics: sensemetrics is the IIoT company transforming sensor data into real-time business intelligence to enable productivity and safety solutions
Co-Founder & CEO of First Resonance
Karan Talati is the CEO and Co-Founder of First Resonance, which has raised $20 million in capital since its founding in 2018. First Resonance builds a Factory OS for the aerospace, automotive, and robotics industries and now powers over 40 leading manufacturers. These companies are leaders in cutting-edge products like eVTOLs (air taxis), rockets, electric boats, and robotic construction products. Karan built his company in collaboration with the world’s best engineers from companies like SpaceX, Tesla, and Apple, and he is saving his clients countless hours and dollars with their innovative, flexible, and data-driven approach to modern manufacturing.
Karan created First Resonance after gaining valuable insight on the future from working at SpaceX. With his team at First Resonance, Karan has created the ION Factory OS, which optimizes manufacturing efficiency by 30% with the ability to build, iterate, and track processes throughout a dynamic factory workflow. Karan strives to make technology faster and more accessible, while revolutionizing the current systems at play. Beyond work, he maintains a witty Twitter presence with thousands of followers and a viral tweet with 12K retweets and 90K likes.
- Raising 20 million dollars in venture capital
- Worked at SpaceX to transform technology systems
- Creating a product now in use at over 40 manufacturing companies around the world
- Designing one product with the benefits of many to set the standard in production software
- PODCAST | Entrepreneur: Action & Ambition: Karan Talati Co-Founder, and CEO of First Resonance, is Transforming The Manufacturing World With The Next-Generation Software Platform ION
- PODCAST | The Roller Coaster Podcast: Karan Talati – CEO of First Resonance
- PODCAST | Agile Hardware Manufacturing: Meeting this Century’s Toughest Challenges with Karan Talati
- PODCAST | Venture Stories: Karan Talati and Keenan Johnson on the Future of Manufacturing
- ARTICLE | Cision: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A to Fuel Development of Factory Operating System to Help Manufacturers Navigate Unprecedented Supply Chain Challenges
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: Former SpaceX Engineer’s Platform for Makers of EV, Rockets and Air Taxis Raises $14M
- ARTICLE | Built In LA: First Resonance Raises $14M Series A, Plans to Triple Its Headcount
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance $14M for its Operating System for Factories That’s Helping Ease Supple Chain Woes
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: First Resonance brings its space-scale manufacturing OS to hardware makers with $14M A round
- ARTICLE | VentureBeat: First Resonance snags $14M for an operating system designed for factories
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Raises $3.5M to be the Operating System for Factories
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Raises Fresh Round Of Funding To Meet Growing Demand For Factory Operating System
- ARTICLE | Crunchbase News: First Resonance Raises New Round To Make Hardware Manufacturing Easier
- ARTICLE | dot.LA: First Resonance Lands $3.5M as Aerospace and EV Manufacturing Expand
- ARTICLE | LA TechWatch: First Resonance Helps Manufacturing Move to an Operating System Rather Than an Assemble Line
- ARTICLE | Aviation Week: Manufacturing System Aims To Help Hardware Startups Move Faster
- ARTICLE | LA Startups: First Resonance Launches Next-Generation Manufacturing Software Platform For Aerospace, Robotics, And Automotive Industries
- ARTICLE | TechCrunch: Founded by former SpaceX engineers, First Resonance pitches tools to make things the SpaceX way
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- ARTICLE | Built In LA: Built In LA’s 50 Startups to Watch
Email – [email protected]
Website – https://www.firstresonance.io/
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/karan-talati/
Twitter – @karantalati
Facebook – facebook.com/firstresonance.io/
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About First Resonance: First Resonance builds ION, the Factory Operating System that manufacturers trust for speed, collaboration, and visibility.
Co-Founder & CEO of Freeform
Erik Palitsch is a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Freeform Future.
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About Freeform: Stealth-mode additive manufacturing company.
President & CEO of Mapped
Shaun Cooley is the Founder and CEO of a Mapped, a Los Angeles based startup in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. In his prior role as VP.CTO for Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) Business, he was responsible for Cisco’s long-term IoT technology strategy. This included shaping product architecture, security, privacy, and technology partnerships, as implemented by Cisco’s IoT business, advising governments on IoT regulation, driving Cisco’s participation in IoT related standards bodies and consortia, and championing innovation to solve existing or anticipated industry needs. Before taking on the role of CTO for IoT, Shaun was a Distinguished Engineer, responsible for the security of Cisco’s collaboration infrastructure, cloud, and endpoint technologies. Shaun is particularly focused on ensuring security is either transparent or extremely usable – something that is typically overlooked in enterprise products. Prior to joining Cisco, Shaun was a Distinguished Engineer for Norton, by Symantec, where he was a driving force in Norton’s shift from utilities to security. Over his 18-year tenure, Shaun contributed to the creation and advancement of offerings in the Norton portfolio, including Norton Internet Security, Norton 360, Norton One, Norton Antispam, Norton’s cloud management platform, and Norton Home, a consumer IoT security offering – a product portfolio that produces over $2 Billion in annual revenue. Shaun has over 25 years of industry experience, holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Illinois, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is named inventor on 120 issued United States patents with over 100 more pending. He is an active angel investor and a start-up mentor through Acceleprise SF and advisor for Deep Angels. Shaun was previously a director of the Open Connectivity Foundation and former board member of Attivo Networks.
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About Mapped: Data infrastructure for IoT
Founder, CEO of EXOIO
Shawn co-founded mophie in June 2005, just prior to the release of the first iPhone. It grew to become the #1 selling battery case manufacturer for mobile devices in North America. Working as a founder, COO, President & Board Member, mophie created the first juice pack battery case for the first-generation iPhone in North America and built an exclusive partnership with Apple. I led a team which built a solid business structure at mophie, allowing the company to thrive and withstand rapid growth, both in the U.S. and internationally. Shawn became a skilled operator and raised millions of dollars in multiple rounds of capital and debt facilities. Under Shawn’s guidance and strategic vision, the company grew from 3 employees in her barn in Kalamazoo, Michigan to a multimillion dollar business, mophie sold products into 38,000 retailer partners in 130 countries with 300+ employees with facilities in California, Michigan, China, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. As a leader, I established longstanding relationships with national and global retail partnerships and collaborations with top industry icons including Apple, Amazon, Verizon, AT&T, Best Buy, Product Red, Valentino, and Supreme. I am passionate about developing products and growing a business from the ground up was one of the most challenging yet satisfying experience of my life. By 2015, mophie revenue has reached $250+ million, and resulted in company being sold in February of 2016 to a strategic acquirer. Shawn was also a seed investor, Board Member, and Co-founder of Paw Paw Brewing company in Paw Paw, Michigan. The company was originated in 2010 and Shawn exited in March 2017. Since the sale of mophie Shawn has catching her breath, tending to personal relationships, and has also started a new company called EXOIO that allows her to spend time networking, consulting, and acting as an advisor to company of all sizes.
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About EXOIO: We help accelerate growth.
CEO of Synthego
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About Synthego: Synthego is a genome engineering company that enables access to CRISPR to accelerate life science research and development.
Founder and CEO of XWING
Marc Piette is the founder and CEO of XWING.
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About Locu, XWING: XWING develops the suite of technologies for pilotless commercial flight of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing aircraft.
Co-Founder and CEO of Rapid Robotics
Jordan Kretchmer is the Founder and CEO of Livefyre. Livefyre brings the social web right to any publisher or brand site to drive real-time conversations and community engagement. The company’s suite of real-time products include LiveComments, LiveBlogs, and social content curation, and Livefyre’s customers include FOX News, CBS, Dow Jones, AOL, TIME Magazine, and thousands of others. Kretchmer founded the San Francisco based startup in December 2009, and has overseen its growth to the 7th largest site network on the web, delivering 1 billion live content streams every month. Before launching Livefyre, Kretchmer was the Vice President of Brand at Current TV where he led brand redevelopment for the media company. Previously, he was the Digital Creative Director at Butler Shine Stern and Partners, and Vice President/Associate Creative Director at Mullen Advertising. Kretchmer lives in San Francisco.
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About Livefyre, Rapid Robotics: Rapid Robotics provides out-of-the-box automation for manufacturers.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Blue River Technology
Jorge is the co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology Inc. (www.bluerivert.com), a start-up company that intends to revolutionize weeding and dramatically reduce chemical use.
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About Blue River Technology: Blue River Technology employs computer vision and robotics technologies to build intelligent solutions for the agricultural industries.
CEO of Voxel
Experienced CEO and advisor working at the cutting edge of technology. Expertise in enterprise applications, healthcare, manufacturing, and AI.
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About Huma Therapeutics, Sherbit, Voxel: Voxel uses computer vision and AI to enable security cameras to automatically identify hazards and high-risk activities in real-time,.
CEO, Managing Director & Founder of Infinite Uptime
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About Infinite Uptime: Infinite Uptime is an industrial IoT solution provider for improved quality and productivity in the engineering and processing industries.
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President & Chief Executive Officer of Jacobs
Steve Demetriou is the Financial Controller at Inventis Ltd.
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About Inventis, Jacobs: Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.
CEO of Fetch Robotics
Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics, which is delivering collaborative robotic solutions robots for the logistics industry. Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage, a research and development laboratory extremely influential in the advancement of robotics. While there, she led a team of engineers developing next-generation robot hardware and software, including ROS, the PR2 and TurtleBot. Melonee is a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR 35 award for technology innovators under the age of 35, and has been named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence and 40 under 40 lists. Under her leadership, the company won the MODEX Innovation award for the materials handling industry, as well as being named to RBR 50, a listing of the 50 most innovative robotics companies in the world.
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About Fetch Robotics: Fetch Robotics provides the market’s only cloud-driven Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution for warehousing intralogistics environments.
CEO & Co-Founder of Briq
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About Briq: Briq is a financial forecasting and data intelligence platform for the construction industry.
CEO and Founder of dloHaiti
Jim Chu is the Founder & CEO at Untapped Global.
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About dloHaiti, Untapped Global, Untapped Global, Watering Minds: DloHaiti is a for-profit venture providing safe drinking water to Haitian consumers in underserved areas in Haiti.
Co-Founder & CEO of Project Include
One of Silicon Valley’s leading advocates for diversity and inclusion, Ellen K. Pao is not only a long-time entrepreneur and tech investor, but her landmark gender discrimination case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, propelled her to the front of the fight — years before the Times Up movement. Her 2012 lawsuit helped encourage other women, people of color and especially women of color to stand-up against harassment and discrimination in tech in what has been called the “Pao Effect.” Currently, Ellen serves as CEO and co-founder of nonprofit Project Include, where she works closely with tech leaders to bring fairness to all tech workers, using data-based, practical solutions and recommendations. As interim CEO of reddit, she was the first leader of a large social media company to ban revenge porn and unauthorized nude photos as part of her broader efforts to curtail harassment on the site. Before reddit, she spent seven years as a investment partner at Kleiner Perkins. During her two decades in Silicon Valley, she has also served as a board member, engineering manager, software programmer, and business development executive. She received her BSE in electrical engineering and public policy certificate from Princeton University, her JD from Harvard Law School, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.
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About Project Include: Project Include promotes diversity and inclusion through research and advocacy. We are a non-profit, and we are hiring.
President & Founding CEO of HoloBuilder
Mr. Mostafa Akbari serves as President and Founder of HoloBuilder Inc. Mr. Akbari serves as Managing Director of bitstars GmbH. He started developing AR-Applications for Mac and PC. He contributes experience with start-ups as well as his network from the Web 2.0 and founding scene. Additionally he offers a wealth of experience regarding Multichannel-Marketing and Social Media. His knowledge from researching eLearning and Mobile Media were applied
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About HoloBuilder: HoloBuilder™ is an enterprise-ready Construction Progress Management solution for AEC firms to capture & control jobsite progress in 360°.
Founder & CEO of Photon Commerce
Michael Young is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the founder & CEO of Photon Commerce. Photon’s payments AI accelerates customer experiences for fintech leaders using document AI. After leaving a Stanford PhD, Michael was an engineer at IBM, led advanced R&D programs funded by the Department of Defense, created hundreds of jobs, raised $50M across his venture-backed startups, and took some to acquisitions.
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About Photon Commerce: Photon Commerce’s AI digitizes and captures any document with nearly 100% accuracy. It is optimized for bills, invoices, bills of lading, statements, contracts, and other PDFs in the fintech industry. Photon powers Fortune 500, businesses around the world, and fintech unicorns with instant experiences, document AI, OCR, and instant payments. Having processed $23B volumes, Photon is supported by the Nasdaq Center and Village Global, a venture firm funded by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.
Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia
Val Miftakhov is a Founder & CEO of ZeroAvia, Inc, a California company developing the World’s first practical zero emission aviation powertrain. Val is a serial entrepreneur in EV space – his previous company eMotorWerks has developed the World’s leading platform for EV battery aggregation to provide grid services, and was acquired in 2017. Prior to that, Val held a number of senior business and product positions at Google and McKinsey & Company, and was a nuclear researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator. Val holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University, Masters in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and was a two-time winner of Russian Nationwide Physics competitions. In his spare time, Val makes good use of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.
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About ZeroAvia: ZeroAvia produces practical zero emission aviation powertrain targeting 9-19-passenger airplanes to start replacing dirty jet fuel.
Founder & CEO of RoboTire
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About RoboTire: RoboTire automates vehicle maintenance by combining robots and computer vision.
Founder, CEO & Engineer of Built Robotics
Noah is the founder and CEO of Built Robotics, a company building automated guidance systems for heavy equipment. He founded the company in 2016, and has raised over $48 million from leading Silicon Valley investors including Founders Fund, NEA and Next47. Previously, Noah founded an ecommerce startup called Twice, which raised $23 million from Andreessen Horowitz before eBay acquired it in 2015. Noah began his career at Google, and he studied business and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, but his first job was working as a carpenter’s helper for his dad, helping to renovate old houses in rural New England.
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About Built Robotics: Built Robotics transforms heavy equipment into autonomous robots for the $1 trillion earthmoving industry.
CEO of Hotelsoft
Abhishek is the founder and CEO of 314e, a successful Healthcare IT consulting company based in Northern California. Abhishek has worked in Healthcare IT since 1996 when he was a programmer for IBM. He still pretends to write code, though his colleagues are quick to point out that they haven’t seen a line of it. Abhishek has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is interested in energy efficient cars, ping pong and is a mathematician by training.
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About 314e Corporation, Hotelsoft: Software solutions and services to independent and chain scale hotels.
Founder ,CEO & Managing Partner of Piva Capital
Ricardo Angel is the CEO and managing partner at Piva. Prior to that, he served as a managing director at Energy Ventures where he leads origination for the business unit and for Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture formed by GE, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in emerging energy technology companies. GE Energy Ventures and Energy Technology Ventures seek investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including renewables, power infrastructure and oil & gas technologies. Mr. Angel joined GE from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures’ Venture Capital group. Previous experience includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs and consulting at CNA Corporation. Mr. Angel holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and Bachelors as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is based in San Francisco.
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About Piva Capital: Piva is a venture capital firm that primarily invests in disruptive energy and industrial startups.
CEO & Cofounder of OffWorld
Jim is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OffWorld, building an industrial robotic workforce to undertake mining, manufacturing and construction on planetary surfaces and in space. The robotic workforce forms a solar system platform that will enable the construction of space based solar power stations, propellant depots and entire settlements. He brings 30 years of experience and visionary leadership in innovation in multidisciplinary areas such as aerospace engineering, space systems, robotics and machine intelligence, manufacturing and construction, computer science, synthetic biology and molecularly precise control systems. Jim is a prolific technologist and an accomplished entrepreneur able to constantly identify new acceleration ramps in the technological landscape. Jim started his career in the space launch industry managing launch programs overseeing over a dozen successful orbital launches on Russian, European and US launch vehicles. Modular satellite design, integration engineering and program management were part of this process.
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About OffWorld: OffWorld is developing a learning robotic workforce for heavy industrial jobs on Earth, Moon, asteroids & Mars.
CEO & Co Founder of VERSATILE
Meirav Oren is the CEO and Co-Founder at VERSATILE.
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About VERSATILE: VERSATILE uses machine learning and AI to optimize construction and industrial processes.
Founder & CEO of Electric Sheep Robotics
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About Electric Sheep Robotics: Electric Sheep Robotics provides robotics and machinery solutions to industries needing mechanized solutions.
Chairman & CEO & Co-Founder of Synapse
Satish is Chairman/CEO and Co-founder of Synapse Design. With more than 20 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry, and the past 10 years guiding Synapse Design, Satish has developed a broad knowledge of the latest trends and challenges facing top tier technology companies. He has built an organization that is focused on creating high-end products in the storage, mobile, networking, cloud, IoT and multimedia space for most of the largest system and semiconductor companies in the world. Satish has spearheaded Synapse Design success through a focus on competency, technology and innovation in the biggest growth areas in the industry. He is also co-sponsoring several initiatives to help lead the development of cloud appliances for big data; biometrics including a focus on iris recognition for authentication and home automation; and a single platform for IoT space.
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About Synapse: Synapse is an industry leader in design services and is the engineering backbone of most top tier Semiconductor and System companies.
Co-Founder & CEO of Symbio Robotics
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About Symbio Robotics: Symbio Robotics is developing robotic systems and software for advanced manufacturing.
Co-founder & CEO of Releaf
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About Releaf: Releaf is an agriculture company that develops novel industrial processing technology in Africa’s sustainable oil palm sector.
Chairman and CEO of SymphonyAI
Romesh Wadhwani founded Symphony Technology Group in 2002 for one reason: he is passionate about building companies. After a 30-year career as an entrepreneur in the enterprise software sector, Romesh launched STG to lend his expertise and passion to investing. Before starting STG, Romesh was the founder, chairman and CEO of Aspect Development, Inc. until 1999, when the company was acquired by i2 Technologies. For nearly a decade, Romesh grew Aspect Development into a leader in business-to-business commerce software, which culminated in the merger of Aspect with supply chain software company i2 Technologies. At that time, this combination was one of the largest enterprise software mergers.
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About ConcertAI, National Entrepreneurship Network, Symphony RetailAI, Symphony Summit, Symphony Technology Group, Symphony Technology Group, SymphonyAI, Terarecon, Wadhwani AI, Wadhwani Foundation: SymphonyAI is an enterprise AI company focused on delivering AI solutions for vertical sectors
Co-founder and CEO of ARRIS
Ethan Escowitz is the CEO and co-founder at Arris Composites.
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About ARRIS: ARRIS is a technology company enabling the design and manufacture of the highest-performance products at scale.
Co-Founder & CEO of Entytle
Vivek is founder and CEO of LumaSense Technologies, a sensor & instrumentation company focused on the energy, cleantech and industrial markets. Vivek brings significant leadership experience to LumaSense Technologies. He is an executive with experience in various industries, spanning private equity, high technology, diversified industrial manufacturing and healthcare. Most recently, Vivek was an Operating Partner at Shah Capital Partners and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Sun Services, a $3.6 billion division of Sun Microsystems. He also served at Webvan as Vice-President of Program Operations, at GE Transportation as General Manager, Off Highway/Transit Systems, GE Corporate as Manager of Corporate Initiatives; Management Consulting with Booz Allen & Hamilton and operational experiences with Johnson & Johnson. Vivek has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia , Charlottesville and a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Mumbai.
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About Entytle: Entytle uses AI and ML to empower manufacturers to unlock installed base value.
President & CEO of Tempo Automation
Joy Weiss, currently President of Dust Networks at Analog Devices, has held executive leadership positions over the past 35 years at a variety of private and public technology companies. Joy was CEO of Dust Networks, a pioneer in industrial wireless sensor networking, when it was acquired by Linear Technology in 2011, and she has served on the boards of several private companies in Silicon Valley. She is currently on the board of Vigilent and Tempo Automation. Joy is also the Chair of the board of Playworks, a national non-profit based in Oakland, CA. Joy holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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About Analog Devices, InkSpace Imaging, Tempo Automation: Tempo Automation is transforming the way companies innovate and bring new electronic products to market.
CEO of Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment
Gerald (Zheyao) Yin has served as AMEC’s chairman and CEO since the company was founded in 2004. He brings more than 28 years of product development and executive management experience in the semiconductor equipment industry. Prior to AMEC, Dr. Yin spent 13 years at Applied Materials. While there, he held a variety of executive positions, including corporate vice president and general manager of the Etch product business group, vice president of Asia sourcing and procurement, and chief technology officer of Applied Materials Asia. Dr. Yin joined Intel central technology development when he first arrived in Silicon Valley in 1984. In 1986, he moved to Lam Research, where he led the Etch technology development and introduction initiatives for several key products. Dr. Yin received his Bachelor of Science in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology, China. He pursued his graduate studies at Beijing University, Department of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his U.S. experience, he served the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a research group leader where he received two national science team awards. He holds 74 U.S. patents, with more pending.
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About Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment: Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment provides microfabrication services for the semiconductor and high-tech industries.
Founder, CEO of Bear Flag Robotics
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About Bear Flag Robotics: Bear Flag Robotics is an AgTech company developing autonomous technology for farm tractors to increase productivity and improve safety.
Co-Founder & CEO of Culture Biosciences
Will Patrick is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Culture Robotics.
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About Culture Biosciences: Culture Biosciences develops automated bio-reactors that help companies optimize their manufacturing processes.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Pathmind
Chris Nicholson is the CEO of Skymind and co-creator of Deeplearning4j, the most popular open-source deep-learning framework on the JVM. In a prior life, Chris led communications and recruiting for FutureAdvisor, a Sequoia-backed YCombinator startup which was acquired by BlackRock in 2015. He also spent a decade reporting on tech and finance for The New York Times, Businessweek and Bloomberg, among others.
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About Pathmind: Pathmind helps simulation modelers optimize industrial operations and supply chains with deep reinforcement learning.
CEO and Co-Founder of OnePointOne
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About OnePointOne: OPO has developed a fully automated vertical farming system to improve the health of humanity through plant-based foods and medicines.
CEO & Founder of Ecologic Brands
Julie is the mastermind behind Ecologic’s new bottle – a testament to her insatiable curiosity and ability to “think outside the bottle”. She approaches challenges with fierce optimism and tenacity and isn’t afraid to turn the packaging industry upside down. Julie’s passion is bolstered by her 16 years of marketing and investment experience. Prior to founding Ecologic, she was a Vice President at Jurika, Mills & Keifer, where she helped launch the Counterpoint Mutual and Counterpoint Select funds. Julie was also a Partner at Jurika & Voyles, Inc., where she led the firm’s institutional service and marketing efforts that contributed to asset growth of more than $5 billion before it was sold in 1997. Previously, Julie worked for RBC Dominion Securities and the Royal Bank of Canada as well as BBDO Worldwide in Prague, Czech Republic. Julie holds a B.A. in Economics from McGill University in Canada and was once a professional gymnast-in-training (a helpful background in an entrepreneurial world that often requires one to jump through hoops). Julie is devoted to her two active girls, serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oakland Lake School for 3 years and as Girl Scout Leader for her daughters’ troops. When not hunched over new bottle prototypes, she is an avid skier and an ardent friend of the earth.
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About Ecologic Brands, Jabil: Ecologic Brands is a provider of sustainable packaging specializing in the paper bottle and paper-based packaging solutions.
CEO of Ecologic Brands
Greg Rodrigues co-founded Insulair, Inc., a manufacturer of patented insulated paper cups. Over his tenure, Mr. Rodrigues overcame cash flow shortages, product recalls, a patent suit, and quality control problems. He developed Insulair’s manufacturing capacity into an extremely profitable, high quality producer of a state of the art insulated paper cup. The company employed over 250 people and had a manufacturing capacity of over 600 million cups per year. Insulair’s foodservice customers included McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Sara Lee, and 7-Eleven. Insulair had distribution in over 20,000 retail locations that included Target, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Publix, Whole Foods, Walgreens and Albertsons. In July of 2006, Insulair was sold to the Dixie division of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in an all cash deal for $170 million. Greg previously served as a Board Member of Ecologic Brands, as well as other start-up businesses. Prior to starting Insulair, Mr. Rodrigues was Director of Concept Development for the Pizza Hut division of PepsiCo. Mr. Rodrigues holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.
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About Ecologic Brands: Ecologic Brands is a provider of sustainable packaging specializing in the paper bottle and paper-based packaging solutions.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Origin
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About Origin: Origin is an additive manufacturing platform designed for mass production
Founder / CEO of inVia Robotics
Lior is a serial entrepreneur with several companies under his belt, all with very successful exits. Along with his partners Alex Kazarani and Marc Afsharieh, Lior co-founded HostPro (now Web.com) which grew into a leading hosting provider in the industry with over 70,000 customers. After HostPro, Lior co-founded KnowledgeBase, and EdgeCast with Alex Kazarani, Phil Goldsmith, James Segil and Jay Sakata. At all three companies he has been the chief architect responsible for designing and implementing key patented technologies that are now critical to the backbone of the Internet and are used by many Fortune 500 customers. With more than twenty years of leadership and business experience bringing to market many of the systems that power the Internet, Lior has directed and guided teams developing everything from back-office systems to the core technologies of the business. While working on his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, Lior closely worked with inVia Robotics co-founders Dan and Rand on various robotics and neuroscience projects. These DARPA funded projects ranged from object recognition for drones, implementing the star-wars binoculars used to help soldiers in field, to the latest DARPA Robotic Challenge. Working on strict metrics and deadlines from DARPA, the projects often included implementations of massive parallel grid computing which were used to achieve the required results in real time. The development of these projects led to the Neuromorphic Robotics Toolkit (NRT) which has been designed to outperform the Robotic Operating System (ROS). Currently on a leave of absence from the Ph.D., Lior holds a Masters in Robotics from the University of Southern California and has several publications ranging from neuroscience to robotics.
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About inVia Robotics, Verizon Digital Media Services: InVia Robotics provides next-generation robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains.
Founder & CEO of Litmus Automation
Vatsal Shah is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Litmus Automation since July 2013, a startup with a vision of enabling things connectivity to business applications through an IoT platform ‘Loop’, a totally unexplored arena. Along with staying on toes with all tech movements in the valley, Vatsal plays several roles as a leader, engineer, strategist and always a learner. Previously, Vatsal has worked with Rockwell Automation as a Design Engineer, which became the cradle for this startup. Being a social enthusiast, Vatsal makes a point to attend events and meetups relating to opensource, M2M, connected solutions or Internet of Things. Vatsal earned his M.S. in Global Entrepreneurship from Em-Lyon (France), Zhejiang University (China) and Purdue University (USA) jointly and his B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Nirma University, India.
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About Litmus Automation: Litmus provides the solution to transform critical edge data into actionable intelligence that can power maintenance.
Founder & CEO of Point One Navigation
A hands on technical leader with over a decade of experience in cutting edge robotics work and mission critical development in both software and hardware. Designed, built and deployed complex systems in financial tech, defense, research, and enterprise. A firm believer tightly coupled hardware and software solutions with a focus on the end user experience.
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About Point One Navigation: Point One Navigation is building a centimeter accurate localization service for the future of transportation.
Co-founder & Co-CEO of Emerald Cloud Lab
D.J. Kleinbaum is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Emerald Therapeutics. D.J. received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he designed and synthesized new architectures for DNA-templated reactions that can be used to detect RNA in living cells under the direction of Professor Eric Kool. He is an inventor on five patents and has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Bioconjugate Chemistry, and Chemical Communications.
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About Emerald Cloud Lab: Emerald Cloud Lab is building technology platforms to drive the future of biotechnology innovation.
Co-founder & Co-CEO of Emerald Cloud Lab
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About Emerald Cloud Lab: Emerald Cloud Lab is building technology platforms to drive the future of biotechnology innovation.
CEO of Pivotal Systems
John Hoffman has over 25 years of global high technology management experience building growth organizations in both the semiconductor and information technology markets. Prior to joining Pivotal Systems, John was a Senior VP with Spencer Trask Ventures, a New York based venture capital firm. While at Spencer Trask, John was primarily involved in the solar and integrated circuit efforts of the firm. Prior to Spencer Trask, John was the Chief Executive Officer of RagingWire Enterprise Solutions, an Inc 500 fastest growing private company. John reorganized the company and enabled record growth in revenue and profitability during his tenure. Prior to RagingWire, John worked in various general manager roles at Applied Materials for 18 years. He was the President of the billion dollar “Etch Product Business Group”, VP and GM of the Process Control and Diagnostic Business Group and the General Manager of the Customer Service Division which grew by over 300% during his tenure. John has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Executive MBA (AEA) from Stanford University. He currently serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.
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About Pivotal Systems: Pivotal Systems provides process matching solutions for the semiconductor industry.
President & CEO of GEMBO
Gal Garniek is the president and CEO at GEM.
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About GEMBO: GEM provides customized agents and machine models that enable streaming, analysis, and processing from any machine.
Founder & CEO of Speak To IoT
Biren Gandhi is an executive leader focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems. Recently, Biren spearheaded strategy & incubation for some highly disruptive technologies at Cisco. Few of them included the Internet of Things (IoT), Fog Computing, Drones/UAVs, Blockchain, Deep Learning, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. He combines his business and technology acumen to drive the co-creation of breakthrough business models using various external and internal innovation catalysts. Biren has nearly 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. Before joining Cisco in 2011, Biren was divisional CTO of a few gaming studios at Zynga and before that a Senior Architect at Facebook. He also co-founded AdMunity, a startup providing a collaborative social platform for the advertising community. While focusing on disruptive new frontier technologies, Biren actively engages as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor, investor or advisor with venture capital firms, startups, accelerators, and incubators. He regularly supports quite a few global and local non-profit organizations. You can discover his passions, interests, and insights at these blog platforms: http://thoughts.birengandhi.com/ or http://lnkd.in/biren.
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About Speak To IoT: A Simple, Secure, Software Platform to Connect Smart IoT Devices to All Intelligent Voice Assistants.
CEO and Founder of Light Field Lab
Jon Karafin joined Light Field Lab as CEO and Founder in 2017.
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About Light Field Lab: Light Field Lab is a breakthrough technology startup that builds an innovative holographic ecosystem.
Robert J. Simmons
Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of ConXtech
Robert J. Simmons is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO at ConXtech
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About ConXtech: ConXtech is a construction technology company offering solutions for the commecial and residential housing industry.
Founder, CEO of Fellow AI
Marco is an entrepreneur, roboticist, passionate about technology and innovation. He likes programming, robotics, Internet of things, virtual reality, artificial Intelligence, disruptive technologies, 3D printing, product design and startups. He loves starting new things, creating new stuff, exploring new cultures, has lived in 6 countries and is a passionate doer.
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About Fellow AI: Cloud-based Inventory Management and Supply Chain Solutions
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arch Systems
Andrew Scheuermann is the Co-Founder of Arch Systems Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Andrew Scheuermann is an industrious and impassioned entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in energy and power devices. He is passionate for empowering hardware innovation and collectively making planetary ecology possible, quantifying, understanding and acting for a more sustainable earth. He earned a PhD from Stanford.
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About Arch Systems: Industry 4.0 machine data and AI platform for electronics manufacturers
President & Chief Executive Officer of Ellison Technologies
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About Ellison Technologies: Ellison Technologies has been a provider of advanced manufacturing solutions to its clients.
Founder & CEO of SyncFab
Jeremy is an international fintech executive fluent in Chinese and French and social impact entrepreneur passionate about technologies improving on the human condition including Additive and Advanced Manufacturing, AI (artificial intelligence), Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cleantech, Crypto, Decentralization, DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology), Ethereum and ML (Machine Learning). Currently, Jeremy is CEO of SyncFab an IIoT Industry 4.0 Blockchain Manufacturing Industry Partner to the $140MM US D.O.E. & D.O.C. Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (CESMII) appointed by the White House and US Departments of Energy and Commerce National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). SyncFab is also the San Francisco Mayors Office of Civic Innovation – 2016 Startup in Residence (STIR) in partnership with the Cities of San Leandro, Oakland and West Sacramento. From 2008 to 2012, Jeremy served as Executive President and CFO of China Advanced Construction Materials Company leading it to peak performance of 2,000 employees and NASDAQ IPO. As the only bilingual member of the company board of directors, he was responsible for negotiating large international contracts, implementing SOX 404 compliance, managing international accounting audits, SEC and shareholder communications. Jeremy successfully clinched a $100M Private Equity investment offer in support of company expansion plans and NASDAQ listing before board decision to privatize.
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About Forbes Business Council, SyncFab: OEM Parts Supply Chain Blockchain Procurement Platform and ERP Add-On for Aerospace, Automotive and Medical
Founder and CEO of Astro Studios
Brett Lovelady founded Astro Gaming, LLC in 2006 and serves as its Chief Design Officer and President. Brett Lovelady founded Astro Studios, Inc., in 1994 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. At ASTRO, he acts as Chief Design Officer, juggling a variety of directorships and venturous fireballs. His portfolio of work at ASTRO Studios includes the design direction of the Xbox 360, Alienware PCs & laptops, Nike Triax Watches, the original iPaq for Compaq, 2 BusinessWeek Design of the Decade awards and many other industry blockbusters. Brett Lovelady served as Vice President of Design at both Lunar and Frog Design.
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About Astro Studios: They create multi-dimensional brand experiences that define popular culture.
Founder & CEO of Authentise
Andre Wegner is founder and CEO of Authentise. Andre is a frequent speaker on emerging intellectual property issues in 3D Printing and opportunities of distributed manufacturing at events such as Singularity University, Rapid, Designer of Things, Inside 3D Printing, 3D Print Show, Pacific Crest & WIRED. He has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg. He is an expert in greenfield value chain creation, leading the development of a $300m low income gas distribution business for West Africa’s leading Oil and Gas company. Prior to founding Authentise Andre also managed a venture capital fund in Nigeria and advisory services in India. Andre is a graduate of St. Andrews University (M.A. – UK), ESSEC (M.Sc. – France) and Singularity University (California).
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About Authentise, Singularity University: Process Automation Software for Additive Manufacturing
CEO of FogHorn
Mr. David C. King has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Airtight Networks Inc., since 2004. Mr. King served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Netopia Inc. He served as Proxim Corp.’s President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2002 to December 2002. Mr. King served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Proxim Inc. since July 1993. Mr. King served as Vice President of Marketing and Acting Chief Financial Officer of Proxim Inc. since
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About FogHorn: FogHorn is a developer of “edge intelligence” software for industrial and commercial IoT application solutions.
Co-Founder & CEO of Multiply Labs
Fred (Federico) Parietti is the Co-Founder & CEO at Multiply Labs.
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About Multiply Labs: Multiply Labs deploys advanced robotics technology to manufacture personalized pharmaceutical capsules.
Founder & CEO of Green Seed Investments
Imran brings over 15 years of experience as a successful investor and entrepreneur . Imran is also the founder and CEO of Parc Financial Group, an investment holding company which he founded in 2006. He has been involved in over $200 million of real estate development and investment ranging from single family homes to apartment complexes and hotels. Imran has also been an investor and founder of several successful start ups having taken companies from founding to $5 million in revenue within 12 months. Imran received a BA degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
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About Botanic Science Labs, Green Seed Investments, Parc Financial Group: Green Seed Investments is an investment company that invests in new early stage technology and industries.
Founder & CEO of Cluster
Kim Taylor is the Founder & CEO of Cluster. 2x Founder with a previous exit. Solver of real problems.
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About Cluster: Connecting engineers to Industrial Tech careers in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense
President & Chief Executive Officer of Maxim Integrated
Tunç Doluca joined Maxim in 1984 as a Member of Technical Staff. Tunç has personally designed over 40 products and holds 11 patents. In 1993, he was named the company’s Vice President of R&D. In 1994, he became the founding General Manager of the Portable Power Business Unit. By 2005, Tunç’s responsibilities had expanded to managing seven business units and he was promoted to Group President. In 2007, Tunç became the second Chief Executive Officer in the company’s history. During his tenure as CEO, Maxim reorganized product development around end markets and completed six strategic acquisitions. Tunç oversaw the transition of Maxim’s manufacturing to a more flexible hybrid production model and improved overall manufacturing execution. In 2010, Maxim was one of the first analog companies to transition to 300mm wafer technology. In 2015, Tunç reorganized the company, creating a single organization combining all Business Units along with Sales & Marketing, as well as a focused effort on New Ventures. This new structure will allow the company to better align its current business with the needs of customers, while freeing resources to explore new business opportunities outside of our core business. Tunç was born in Ankara, Turkey, and he holds a BSEE degree from Iowa State University and an MSEE degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He serves on the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
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About Maxim Integrated: Maxim Integrated designs, manufactures, and sells analog and mixed-signal products and technologies.
Co-Founder & CEO of Telesense
Expert in the Silicon Valley startup process. Defining market opportunity, fundraising, business plan development and building teams. 24-years of experience in mentoring entrepreneurs, starting companies and scaling them for success. Worked at seven startups, CEO for four of them. Currently leading Bitzer Mobile, a hot Silicon Valley startup in enterprise mobility space & teaching Entrepreneurship at Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley. Authored several books on entrepreneurship that can be seen at www.Startup-Advisor.com. Specialties:Strategy for startups. Creating innovation ecosystems in companies. Advising governmental agencies on how to jump start entrepreneurship in their countries. Social businesses.
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About Telesense, TVLP Institute Silicon Valley: TeleSense is an AgTech company providing environmental monitoring and control solutions for the food and grain industry.
Founder & CEO of LumenVox
Edward Miller is the Founder and CEO of LumenVox and is responsible for developing the company’s strategic vision, technology and business strategies. Ed founded LumenVox after more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing multi-lingual and multi-currency accounting systems for worldwide corporations; including founding Progressive Computing LLC., where he oversees a telephony hosting facility with a carrier grade, state of the art voice over IP infrastructure to offer speech based applications in the cloud to service providers. Throughout his career, Ed has developed a comprehensive knowledge of human computer interaction, machine learning, networking, data handling theories and natural language processing. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Hillsdale College and holds 5 U.S. Speech Recognition patents.
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About LumenVox: LumenVox is a leading provider of speech enabling software.
Dami Rafael Jegede
Founder & CEO of Roombus
In 2012, I founded Swipe, a SaaS and Product Design B2B company, powering some of the biggest banks across Africa. Swipe’s operational and monitoring products process over a combined value of USD $4 Billion in transactions yearly for the banking sector. I also co-founded Nairabox, a Lagos-based FinTech startup, with a few friends. Nairabox created the de facto standard of banking in Africa — Lifestyle Banking. Today, Nairabox powers 90% of the mobile banking apps in Nigeria — Africa’s largest market by volume and GDP. I am training to become a kick-ass Jazz Pianist.
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About Roombus: Building smarter cities – starting with fully autonomous and modular smart houses.
CEO of OLBRAIN
Building Olbrain – The Machine Brain for the Space Robots of the Future Alok is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive understanding of Statistical Learning, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Physics & Gamification. He spent four years in the Himalayas observing the human brain in action, before pursuing his MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. The last startup which he cofounded, hotify.ai, has recently been acquired by Sonasoft Corp. He regularly speaks at public forums on Artificial Intelligence & Robotics and has been covered by various print/web mediums like Forbes.
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About Chillycon, OLBRAIN: The AGI Brain for Cognitive Automation
CEO of Seek Thermal
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About Seek Thermal: Seek Thermal engineers, designs, manufactures, and markets thermal imaging products and sensors.
Founder & CEO of DeepVu
Moataz is an AI/deep-learning entrepreneur. He’s currently the founder & CEO of DeepVu. Moataz was a PhD Student at Stanford’s Information Systems Lab, and dropped out in 1996. He earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, MS in Computer Science from University of Oregon, and a BS with Distinction & Honors in Computer Science and Control Systems from Alexandria University. Moataz is a named inventor on 21 issued patents.
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About DeepVu: DeepVu is the autonomous supply chain planning solution for optimizing efficiencies, sustainability and margins for manufacturers
Founder, CEO of Sensable
Anurag Maunder is an SVP of Engineering at Kindred AI. KindredAI is a pioneering startup in the field of AI and Robotics. He started his career with prestigious AT&T Bell Labs. He was the Founder, CTO of Kazeon Systems that was acquired by EMC and the Founder CEO of dLoop that was acquired by Box. In last few years, he established the Advanced Development lab for EMC to focus on Machine learning for automating storage configurations and also created Johnson Controls Innovation Garage that introduced several new AI products in industrial IOT. His current areas of interest are AI, Robotics, Smart Buildings and IoT Security using Blockchains. He believes that AI and Robotics together will fundamentally transform the quality of life and disrupt every singly industry.
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About Sensable: Sensable is a vision platform built for industrial engineering.
Chairman & CEO of Salas O’Brien
A native of California, Darin has been described as “one passionate, energetic dude.” His can-do attitude serves him not only as Chairman and CEO of the Salas O’Brien organization, but also as a family man, athlete and community leader. Whether he is competing in an ultra-marathon, racing bicycles in Europe, touring Thailand on a motorcycle, or coaching his kids in soccer, Darin leaves nothing in the tank. Armed with an ardent focus on the positive, a virtually unmatched abundance of determination, listening to his team carefully, he leads through encouragement and by example, committing 100% to every task, big or small. Darin has been leading large engineering and construction organizations for over 20 years in the capacity as CEO, COO, and CFO. At 30, he was the CFO of Kleinfelder, a 2,500 person geotech and environmental firm.
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About Salas O’Brien: Salas O’Brien is a national leading Facilities Planning, Commissioning, Construction Management and Mechanical, Electrical.
Founder, President & CEO of Cypress Semiconductor
Thurman Rodgers is founder, president, CEO, and a director of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, and Chairman of the Board at SunPower.In addition to Bloom Energy, he sits on the board of directors of high technology companies including, SolarFlare Communications, Silicon Light Machines, Silicon Magnetic Systems, Infinera, and Cypress MicroSystems. Thurman Rodgers was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth College, where he graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.
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About Cypress Semiconductor: Cypress Semiconductor delivers various high-performance, mixed-signal, and programmable solutions.
CEO of Moleaer
Nicholas Dyner joined Moleaer as Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and brought with him over 13 years of experience in water treatment. Prior to Moleaer, Nicholas led the global sales and marketing efforts of LG Chem Water Solutions, established by Korean chemical giant LG Chem when they acquired the membrane manufacturer, NanoH2O, where he served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He also previously held the role of Global Product Manager for GE Water & Process Technologies. Nicholas is a graduate from Cornell University in New York, USA. He is a graduate of GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and Six Sigma BB certified. Mr. Dyner is a graduate from Cornell University with a BS in Economics and a BA in History.
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About Moleaer, NanoH2O: Moleaer™ (Latin for tiny air), a Los Angeles-based company, develops industrial scale nanobubble systems.
Anne-Sophie Le Bloas
Founder & CEO of Ravacan
Anne-Sophie has 13+ years of experience in sourcing and procurement of materials and goods. She worked in France, Spain, Germany, and the US for SNCF (railways), Engie (Energy), Reckitt-Benkiser (FMCG), Rolls-Royce (Aeronautics), Visteon (Automotive) and Fitbit (Wearables). She holds 2 Master’s degrees, included from the famous MAI Bordeaux, specialized in Sourcing. She is also a trained software engineer.
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About Ravacan: Ravacan is a Purchasing & Procurement software for commodity & supply managers, with a central place to analyze costs and manage suppliers.
Founder & CEO of Saildrone
Richard Jenkins is the Founder and CEO of Saildrone.
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About Saildrone: Saildrone manufactures and operates a fleet of the capable and proven unmanned surface vehicles.
CEO of New Vision Display (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Jeff Olyniec has been the CEO of New Vision Display since the company formed in 2012. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration- Marketing from Mississippi State University. Jeff previously worked at International Display Works (which was later acquired by Flextronics and is now the current NVD) in senior management roles including sales and supply chain. He then moved on to Solar Power Inc, a worldwide leader in the design and construction of solar power generating facilities, overseeing all of the company’s operations in Asia as the EVP of the company. Jeff has lived and worked in China since 1996 and speaks fluent Chinese.
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About New Vision Display (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.: New Vision Display is a manufacturer of custom LCD/OLED display and PCAP touch solutions for OEMs worldwide.
CEO of Creator
Alex Vardakostas is the CEO at Creator.
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About Creator: Creator is a collective of food lovers and engineers with decades of robotics and restaurant experience.
Chief Executive Officer of INNOViON
Tim Townley is Chief Executive Officer at INNOViON.
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About INNOViON: INNOViON is the global leader in foundry services and support of ion implantation for the microelectronics industry.
CEO and Founder of Industrial Craft
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About Industrial Craft: Industrial Craft is a design studio and showroom for contemporary designs and crafts.
President & CEO of Transphorm
Mario leads all functional areas of Transphorm and brings over 30 years of executive level leadership to the company. Prior to joining Transphorm, Mario was president and CEO of the semiconductor company ANADIGICS. Before ANADIGICS, he was the CEO of Quartics, a fabless semiconductor and software company. Mario has also held executive positions at AMD, Philips Semiconductor, and Motorola. Mario earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” as well as a M.S. in Semiconductor Physics and M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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About Transphorm: Transphorm is a producer of gallium nitride-based solutions for high-voltage power conversion applications.
CEO of Aspinity
Tom brings over 30 years of experience in technology and semiconductors to Aspinity, primarily focused on analog and RF, including experience with 2 startup companies. Prior to joining Aspinity, Tom was responsible for business development/management for Cadence analog/mixed signal business focused on successful deployments of technology at leading semiconductor companies worldwide including all contract approvals. Previously, Tom was founder and president of a successful startup, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the company including, sales and marketing, offshore partners/distributors, and engineering teams in the US and Asia. He has experience in deploying technology to leading semiconductor companies and silicon foundries worldwide. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and his MBA from California State University, Long Beach.
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About Aspinity: Aspinity offers neuromorphic all-analog integrated circuit technology that can replicate the functionality of digital signal processors.
Founder & CEO of TruckLabs
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About TruckLabs: We are changing the way the trucking industry innovates.
Sean De La Pena
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of M-Form
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About M-Form: AFFORDABLE, HIGH RESOLUTION, SUSTAINABLE, CURVED ARCHITECTURAL PANELS
Founder, President & CEO of Nectar Product Development
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About BreathDirect, Nectar Product Development, X-naut: Nectar Product Development specialize in medical device development, industrial equipment, and connected devices development.
Co-Founder, CEO of Seebo
Co-Founder, CEO at Seebo
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About Seebo: The Predictive Quality and Yield solution – leading global manufacturers use Seebo to predict and prevent quality, yield and waste losses.
Ali Hasan Raza
CEO of ThroughPut.ai
Eliminating bottlenecks for over a decade.
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About RigBasket, ThroughPut.ai: Grow your bottom line with supply chain data orchestration
Co-Founder and CEO of Mantle
Ted Sorom is CEO & Co-founder at NanoCore.
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About Mantle: Mantle is metal 3D printing company that has developed technology for precision metal components such as tooling.
CEO of KryptonCloud
Ed Albanese is the founder and chief executive officer of [KryptonCloud](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/kryptoncloud#/entity). Prior to that, he was the president of Gelato Software. Albanese served as the vice president for business development at [MongoDB](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mongodb-inc#/entity) before he joined Gelato Software. Previously, he was the head of business development at [Cloudera](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cloudera#/entity). He has also been employed at [VMware](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/vmware#/entity), handling product management. Albanese holds a bachelor’s degree from the [University of Virginia](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/university-of-virginia-2#/entity) and master’s degree in marketing from the [University of Pennsylvania](https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/university-of-pennsylvania#/entity). Albanese lives in San Francisco, California, United States.
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About KryptonCloud: Industrial-strength analytics for companies that make things
CEO / Chief Architect of 3DPrinterOS
Co-Founder of 3DPrinterOS
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About 3DPrinterOS, Secured 3d: 3DPrinterOS is the world’s first operating system for 3D printers.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SaviCorp
A prolific inventor vested in environmental sustainability and automotive engineering, Serge Monros is the driving force behind SaviCorp®’s exceptional products and mission. A holder of numerous patents and concept designs with worldwide market potential, Serge Monros has helped to bolster SaviCorp®’s company profile from an entrepreneurial startup, to a publicly traded player in the automotive engineering market. A recognized leader and innovative professional with over 30 years of experience as an Engineer,Computer Systems Analyst and Project Manager, Serge Monros continues to build upon the exemplary record of success that he has cultivated throughout his career. Serge Monros has a diverse educational background, with an emphasis in Electronics, Computer Science, Programming and Robotics from reputable Universities. Serge Monros holds numerous certificates distinguishing his aptitudes in various aspects of Engineering and Programming, including certificates in Programming Language, CAD/CAM Design, CNC Operation and Programming, Management Principles and Database Programming.In addition to these awards, Serge Monros has also demonstrated superior knowledge of Numerical Control Programming functions. Prior to joining SaviCorp in August 2004, Serge Monros held several esteemed professional positions, which included Chief Technology Officer for an Integrated Micro Systems Company headquartered in Vista, CA. There, Serge Monros oversaw and directed all phases of research and development, from prototype design to final production. Monros’ tenure also includes a role as the Senior Systems Analyst for Rockwell International’s Space Transportation Services (STS) Division, located in Downey, CA. In this position,he designed and manufactured special tooling for the space shuttle program,produced mechanical designs and drawings, communicated project scope and details to production teams, supervised all CNC programmers, processed change orders and revisions and resolved various production engineering problems. Serge Monros’ prior experience and exceptional aptitude have led him to mastermind a tremendously effective line of automotive emissions reduction technologies in his time at SaviCorp®. TheDynoValve®, SaviCorp®’s flagship product, is an invention of Serge Monros’ own design. Subsequently, Serge Monros has also been instrumental in the introduction and distribution of SaviCorp®’s continually expanding line of product offerings, including the DynoCap™, DynoCat™, DynoDash™ and DynoPlugs™.
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About SaviCorp: SaviCorp is an innovative automotive technology company dedicated to saving the planet, one vehicle, one fleet, at a time.
CEO of eTrack Tech
Barbara Timm-Brock is the CEO of eTrack Tech.
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About eTrack Tech: eTrack Tech eliminates downtime, reduce repair costs, and get actionable BI for lift trucks and commercial equipment.
CEO of Atira Systems
Jeff wears many hats in life, including entrepreneur, professional athlete, inspirational speaker and environmental steward. ATIRA Systems is the professional nexus of Jeff’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the environment. While seeking a fire retardant for his Wildfire Equipment Company Jeff was struck by disturbing statistics about the toxicity of current offerings. “What if we could come up with a nontoxic product that is more effective at fighting fires of all types without doing unnecessary harm?” Jeff discovered that annually there are millions of gallons of flame retardant dumped into natural resources– further destroying precarious wetlands and large population centers throughout the world. So began Jeff’s drive in creating a business that not only saves lives and structures, but does no harm to earth. Starting at a young age, Jeff pursued a diverse professional background — taking him out of the typical business environment — into the iconoclastic and adventurous world of a professional Mariner and commercial diver. The seasonal contract work of the Maritimes enabled him to pursue and excel at a variety of outdoor sports, which strengthened his connection to the environment. Further quenching his thrust for adventure, Jeff landed a position as Team Diver and Logistics Coordinator for The Whydah Expedition Society. It was a life-changing injury, sustained in his work as a mariner that redirected the course of Jeff’s life forever. His personal mission focused on what he would give back to the world. Rebuilding from his injury delivers a daily sense of gratitude for family, friends and the experiences that so positively shape Jeff’s life. It further motivated Jeff to taking the first career step in ‘sustainable business’ as project manager and brand development for The Flatbread Company. Parallel to his career, Jeff remained dedicated to adventure-sports, despite the effects of his injury, and is currently well rewarded as an athletic ambassador for the Patagonia Company. To Jeff, this honorable nomination serves as an inspirational springboard in creating a sustainable and socially responsible business. Jeff aims to build upon the Patagonia business model and lead ATIRA Systems into the lucrative, rewarding and untapped landscape of truly non-toxic fire protection systems. ATIRA Systems represents the culmination of Jeff’s diverse vocational experience coupled with his desire to protect the natural world. Jeff’s charismatic ‘can do’ spirit benefits several audiences worldwide. He serves as a motivational mentor to those who are surviving traumatic injuries while also contributing tirelessly to his community including, The Woodruff Foundation Tahoe Paddle, Ghostryders Watermans Club, and the Ride-A-Wave Foundation.
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About Atira Systems: We have developed the world’s first GREEN “proportional” Fire Block Gel, a disruptive technology.
Founder and CEO of UR Mobile
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About JavaSweaters, Radical Missions, Ticket sage, UR Mobile: UR Mobile provides mobile solutions, including its Ignite CMS platform, to creative agencies and enterprise-level organizations.
Founder & CEO of Panel Automation
Taylor Ellis is the CEO and owner of Panel Automation, a certified Women Owned Business, serving solutions to the Automation Industry for over 32 years.
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About Panel Automation: Panel Automation is a certified Women Owned Business, serving solutions to the Automation Industry for over 32 years.
Founder & CEO of Prodsmart
Goncalo Fortes is a regular tie guy! Actually, he’s not that regular, because he usually wears ties when other people don’t and doesn’t use them when other guys have to. But whether he is wearing a tie or not, he means business. He founded Crazydog, a software house and IT consulting and innovation company, and PRODSMART, an industrial productivity startup with a web-based core business model. Both are located in Lisbon, Portugal. He has studied Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). He has worked, among others, with CENTRA – Multidisciplinary Center for Astrophysics (a research center at IST), with the Department of Mathematics at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and with several financial institutions (banks, insurance companies and brokers). This last group brought a specialization on pension funds and Asset-Liability Matching (ALM). To these meetings he wore a tie, but balanced it with ragged denim jeans and fashion sneakers.
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About Prodsmart: Prodsmart is real time process tracking for production lines and job shops. They turn any factory into a digital smart factory.
CEO of Amici Enterprises
Derek Chan is the CEO at Amici Enterprise LLC.
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About Amici Enterprises: Amital is an innovative and revolutionary company.