co-founder & ceo
Dave was CEO of Vlingo, the first natural language speech recognition service for mobile phones. Vlingo provided speech recognition for the first Siri app and powered Samsung's S-Voice product. Nuance Communications acquired Vlingo in 2012. He previously held leadership roles at Nokia, Sprint PCS, and Geoworks. He began his career in the US Marine Corps and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
co-founder & cto
Rajiv previously founded and served as CTO of Flarion Technologies, which developed the base technology for LTE. Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006. Prior to Flarion, Rajiv held R&D leadership roles in Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. Rajiv holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, all in electrical engineering. He is recipient of the 2013 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award.
svp design & manufacturing
Harpuneet was previously CTO at DigitalOptics Corporation and SVP at Flextronics International. At Flextronics, Singh launched the camera module business, helping propel the company to a $1B revenue run rate. He has a broad array of experience as an executive managing design, advanced packaging, industrialization and manufacturing of opto-electrical-mechanical sub-systems. He holds a degree in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Panjab University.
Bradley is a veteran of ABC and Disney, and has spent time at Bonobos and Zuckerberg Media. He previously co-founded Rexly. At Disney, Lautenbach created digital media and mobile consumer products, including interactive work for Walt Disney Imagineering and content development for Media Networks (ABC). More recently he has been focused on brand development. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
vp engineering & product management
Prior to joining Light, Prashant was VP of Applications & Services at DTS, Inc. There he spearheaded the launch of Headphone:X, an end-to-end consumer audio solution used by prominent artists such as Soundgarden and Hans Zimmer as well as leading CE manufacturers. He has previously held R&D leadership roles at Motorola. Prashant holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Product Development both from Northwestern University.
vp computational imaging
Kari has led research teams at NVIDIA Research (Senior Director) and at Nokia Research (6th Nokia Fellow) on Computational Photography, Computer Vision, and Augmented Reality. He headed Nokia's graphics technology, and contributed to many Khronos and JCP mobile graphics and media standards. Kari holds CS degrees from Univ. Minnesota (B.Sc.), Univ. Oulu (M.Sc., Lic.Tech.), Univ. Washington (PhD); and an MBA from Univ. Oulu. He has taught and worked as a researcher at Stanford, Univ. Oulu, and MIT.
board member & investor
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, where he is responsible for helping guide the development of new technologies and Qualcomm's long-term opportunities. Jacobs has been a leader in the field of mobile communications for more than 25 years and is a key architect of Qualcomm's strategic vision.
Sanjay is the GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO and former Motorola Mobility Chairman and CEO. Prior to Motorola, Jha served as Chief Operating Officer of Qualcomm and President of Qualcomm CDMA technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Electronics engineering from the University of Strathclyde.
Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) invests in early-stage and hyper-growth startups, partnering closely with entrepreneurs to build durable businesses. BVP is a global firm with offices in Menlo Park, San Francisco, Cambridge, New York, Bangalore and Herzliya. With $4 billion under management, BVP invests anywhere from $100,000 to $75 million in innovative companies like Pinterest, Twilio, Box, LinkedIn, Shopify, Yelp, Skype and CornerstoneOnDemand. Over 100 BVP companies have gone public — in the last three years alone, BVP has had 46 exits (IPO and M&A) and made new investments in more than 85 companies.
Founded in 1970, CRV has been a leading investor in early-stage technology companies for more than forty years. CRV's partners, all of whom are experienced entrepreneurs and operators, are focused on helping to build world-changing companies that create tremendous value. CRV has recently led early investments in some of the biggest consumer and enterprise tech companies including Twitter, Yammer, Zendesk, and more. CRV has offices in Cambridge, Mass. and Menlo Park, Calif.
Formation 8 is a technology investment firm focused on building transformative global companies. The firm is a sought-after strategic partner to entrepreneurs, providing active management support and leveraging its deep networks around the world to help portfolio companies accelerate their growth. Founded in 2011, the firm has led early growth investments in innovative hardware and software companies like Oculus and Relate IQ, and has offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California and business development teams on the ground in Seoul, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai.
StepStone Group LP is a leading private markets firm that oversees approximately US$60 billion of private capital allocations, including US$12 billion of assets under management. It is a global firm with offices in New York, London, San Diego, Beijing, San Francisco, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Seoul and Perth. StepStone creates customized and targeted portfolios for the world's most sophisticated investors using a highly disciplined research-focused approach that integrates primary, secondary, credit and co-investments. StepStone leverages its unique global platform to optimize exposure to top performing investment managers in all strategies and geographies.
Fredo is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He studied math and computer science at ENS Paris and holds a PhD from Grenoble University. For 15 years Fredo has been a leader in the field of Computational Photography, and is a co-founder of the IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography.
Ashok is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, where he directs the Computational Imaging and Vision Lab. Before joining Rice University, he spent three years as a Research Scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs in Cambridge, MA. Ashok holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, along with MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. His thesis received the Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the university.