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Changing the way you see the world.

Our Story

Dave Grannan and Rajiv Laroia started Light with a simple question: How can we take quality photos with the least amount of gear? Despite owning expensive DSLR cameras, both found themselves taking more photos with their smartphones out of convenience. They wanted a tool that would allow them to focus on the moment, rather than the camera controls—and they wanted the confidence that their pictures would turn out flawless. Hence, the L16 was born.

Light is pioneering the era of the software-defined camera. Combining breakthrough optics technology with sophisticated computational software, Light cameras deliver high-quality imaging in a compact, cost-effective footprint. This revolutionary approach was first implemented in the award-winning Light L16 camera. Now, in partnership with Softbank Vision Fund and Leica Camera, Light's imaging platform will go far beyond consumer photography. Soon, you will find Light technology in smartphones, automobiles, security systems, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Leadership

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.

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.

Prashant Velagaleti

SVP Engineering
SVP Product Management

SVP Engineering
SVP Product Management

Frank Wu

Vice President and General Manager, Light — Taiwan

Frank leads Customer Solutions Engineering activities from Light Taiwan branch. With BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Automation respectively, Frank has worked in Notebook computer, Cell phone, Pad and supporting industries in the States, Taiwan, and China for decades in product design, development, and mass production arenas. During this period, 5+ years were spent as the leader in the Development and Manufacturing of key components for camera modules of handheld devices.

Tom Barone

CFO

Tom is Chief Financial Officer of Light. In his role as CFO, Tom is responsible for Light's finance, accounting and administrative operations, legal, human resources and investor relations. He brings to the company over thirty years of extensive financial and operations experience from various high technology software and services companies.

Aric Marshall

Head of Product

Aric spent 15 years at Apple in various product capacities before joining Light. He’s led multiple hardware, software, and combined product lines and specializes in unifying them for a strong focus on end-user benefit and experience. His team at Light drives product and technology roadmaps, product marketing, and user experience. Aric holds BS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and he is a former US Marine.

Chris Barnett

SVP IP Licensing

Chris has been working in sales and marketing leadership roles in mobile computing since the Palm III launched (1998). Most recently he was EVP Global Sales & Marketing at EyeVerify (acquired by Alipay) and before that EVP Sales & Marketing at Vlingo (acquired by Nuance). Chris is also the founder of Barnett Strategies https://www.barnettstrategies.com/

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.

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.

Prashant Velagaleti

SVP Engineering
SVP 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.

Frank Wu

Vice President and General Manager, Light — Taiwan

Frank leads Customer Solutions Engineering activities from Light Taiwan branch. With BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Automation respectively, Frank has worked in Notebook computer, Cell phone, Pad and supporting industries in the States, Taiwan, and China for decades in product design, development, and mass production arenas. During this period, 5+ years were spent as the leader in the Development and Manufacturing of key components for camera modules of handheld devices.

Tom Barone

CFO

Tom is Chief Financial Officer of Light. In his role as CFO, Tom is responsible for Light's finance, accounting and administrative operations, legal, human resources and investor relations. He brings to the company over thirty years of extensive financial and operations experience from various high technology software and services companies.

Aric Marshall

Head of Product

Aric spent 15 years at Apple in various product capacities before joining Light. He’s led multiple hardware, software, and combined product lines and specializes in unifying them for a strong focus on end-user benefit and experience. His team at Light drives product and technology roadmaps, product marketing, and user experience. Aric holds BS degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and he is a former US Marine.

Chris Barnett

SVP IP Licensing

Chris has been working in sales and marketing leadership roles in mobile computing since the Palm III launched (1998). Most recently he was EVP Global Sales & Marketing at EyeVerify (acquired by Alipay) and before that EVP Sales & Marketing at Vlingo (acquired by Nuance). Chris is also the founder of Barnett Strategies https://www.barnettstrategies.com/

Investors

  • Dr. Paul E. Jacobs

  • Dr. Sanjay Jha

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