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We are changing the way automobiles see the world.

We are changing the way
automobiles see the world.

Who we are

Light is a depth-sensing and perception technology company focused on providing automobiles with the ability to see like humans. We believe that human-like vision is the key to levels three, four and five autonomy and automobiles being able to navigate the driving environment accurately and safely.

Leadership

Our team is composed of experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, including computational imaging, optics, silicon, computer vision, machine learning, consumer electronics, manufacturing, and more.

Dave Grannan

Dave Grannan

Co-founder & CEO

Rajiv Laroia

Dr. Rajiv Laroia

Co-founder & CTO

Prashant Velagaleti

Prashant Velagaleti

Chief Product Officer

Tom Barone

Tom Barone

CFO

Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett

SVP Strategy
& Licensing

Sumit Chawla

Sumit Chawla

VP, Imaging Systems

Harish Sharma

Harish Sarma

VP, Software Engineering

Mazhar Alidina

Mazhar Alidina

Director, Silicon Systems

Miki Abe

Miki Abe

Manager,
Program Manager

Rob Bajohr

Rob Bajohr

Director, Marketing

Leadership

Our team is composed of experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, including computational imaging, optics, silicon, computer vision, machine learning, consumer electronics, manufacturing, and more.

Dave Grannan

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.

Rajiv Laroia

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 the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award.

Prashant Velagaleti

Prashant Velagaleti

Chief Product Officer

At Light, Prashant has overseen the design & delivery of the company’s first ASIC silicon, hardware & software development teams for the novel L16 consumer camera, as well as partner engineering. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer responsible for both product & business development initiatives.

Prior to Light, Prashant was VP of Applications & Services at DTS, Inc. He has previously held R&D leadership roles at Motorola. Prashant received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Product Development both from Northwestern University.

Tom Barone

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.

Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett

SVP Strategy
& 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: barnettstrategies.com

Sumit Chawla

Sumit Chawla

VP, Imaging Systems

Sumit has worked in the imaging space for much of his career, having worked at GoPro, Apple and Foveon. Prior to joining Light, he was the VP of Software Engineering at Tetravue, a company developing a high definition flash LiDAR. At Light, he leads the Computational Imaging and Camera Systems teams. Sumit holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Harish Sharma

Harish Sarma

VP, Software Engineering

Prior to Light, Harish was co-founder and VP Cloud Operations at Cloudleaf, Inc., an Industrial IoT company. For the last 25 years, Harish has held leadership roles in embedded, mobile, IoT and edge to cloud computing in companies such as Motorola, Zaplet and Tandem. He holds a MS Computer Engineering from Penn State and dual B.S degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Mazhar Alidina

Mazhar Alidina

Director, Silicon Systems

Before seeing the Light, Mazhar was with Qualcomm for twelve years where he led world-wide teams developing wireless modems. He also held leadership and technical roles at Conexant, Globespan and Lucent Technologies focusing on network processors, wire-line and cellular modems. Mazhar received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1992.

Miki Abe

Miki Abe

Manager, Program Manager

Miki has been a program manager for the last 18 years, leading engineering development, business implementation, and process optimization in various technical industries including mobile device, stock analysis and trading software, and Lidar sensors. In her role as Manager of Technical Program Management at Light, she is responsible for managing program stakeholder communications, schedule, change control, risk management, cost monitoring and engineering operations.

Rob Bajohr

Rob Bajohr

Director, Marketing

As Light's Director of Marketing, Rob Bajohr is responsible for linking the innovations of the company’s product and engineering teams to customers. Rob oversees Light’s marketing efforts, including market research, digital marketing, creative development, agency management, media, and employee communications.

Before joining Light, Rob was an award-winning Creative Director who solved business challenges for clients like American Express, Dodge, and Toshiba. He received his BFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. When not glued to his laptop, Rob loves exploring California’s golden coast with his family.

Investors

SoftBank Leica GV CRV Bessemer Eclipse Stepstone Dr. Paul E. Jacobs Dr. Sanjay Jha

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