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Dave Grannan

co-founder & ceo

Prior to Light, 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. Read full biography

Dr. Rajiv Laroia

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. Read full biography

Prashant Velagaleti

svp engineering & product

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. Read full biography

Bradley Lautenbach

svp marketing & product design

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. Read full biography

Jennifer Hochstatter

vp of operations

Jennifer joined Light from Jawbone, where she was Sr. Director of Planning and Manufacturing. She previously held senior operational roles at Intel, Apple, ASTRO Gaming, and Monster Products. She holds an MBA and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from MIT, and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC. Read full biography

Dave Grannan

co-founder & ceo

Prior to Light, 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. Read full biography

Dr. Rajiv Laroia

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. Read full biography

Prashant Velagaleti

svp engineering & product

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. Read full biography

Bradley Lautenbach

svp marketing & product design

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. Read full biography

Jennifer Hochstatter

vp of operations

Jennifer joined Light from Jawbone, where she was Sr. Director of Planning and Manufacturing. She previously held senior operational roles at Intel, Apple, ASTRO Gaming, and Monster Products. She holds an MBA and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from MIT, and a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC. Read full biography

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