Built for the Technology Age
Our leader Mr. Khurram Sheikh has assembled a dynamic management team of industry pioneers, entrepreneurs, operating executives, and market makers who have significant public and private sector experiences to source the next generation of transformative technologies and applications.
We are staunch believers in the power of technology and design-thinking in creating disruptive human experiences, and we are convinced that the new age of technology ushers in transformational change. The team’s diverse skill sets of creative ideation, product innovation, industry development, operational excellence and scale engineering blend together to provide a unique view of how businesses should function in the new age of technology.
Mr. Khurram Sheikh has served as our Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our inception in July 2020. Mr. Sheikh has been at the forefront of innovation in the technology, mobile, semiconductor, telecom and media industries for the past 25 years with CTO and CEO roles at leading technology companies like Sprint, Time Warner, Powerwave Technologies, Silicon Image, SiBEAM and Lattice Semiconductor. He is a global citizen having grown up and lived on three continents and an innovator who helped pioneer 4G, Wi-Fi & 5G technologies. Currently, he is also the Founder & CEO of Aijaad, a boutique advisory firm that is retained by both large private equity firms as well as boards of public companies as a strategic advisor on 5G, IoT, AI & Edge Computing technologies and businesses and is actively involved in M&A, technology strategy and market development.
Mr. Eric Zimits has served as our Chief Corporate Development Officer since August 2020. Mr. Zimits has had an extensive career in the financial sector as an analyst and investor and was among the first analysts on Wall Street to identify the wireless and mobile communications opportunity, and later the internet infrastructure sector. He has worked on public offerings for industry pioneers including Qorvo, Checkpoint Software, F5 Networks, Proxim, and Openwave. As Managing Director and head of the Communications Research Group at Hambrecht & Quist, he initiated and supported numerous venture investments including Inter NAP, Sierra Wireless, Amber Networks, and Paragon Software. Following H&Q, Mr. Zimits served as a Managing Director of Granite Ventures where he focused on investing in early-stage communications, security, and software companies including RF Magic (NYSE: MXL), Speakeasy (acquired by Best Buy), Mojo Networks (acquired by Arista), Percello (acquired by Broadcom), and Localmind (acquired by Airbnb).
Mr. Hassan Ahmed has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020. Mr. Ahmed most recently served as the Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks which pioneered virtualization technologies for mobile 5G networks. He ran Affirmed from inception, and after nearly a decade of growth, sold the company to Microsoft in March 2020. Mr. Ahmed has lead a number of technology transformations in the software defined networking industry including as CEO and Chairman of Sonus Networks, growing it from its very early roots to the leading company transforming telephony to IP. Sonus went public in May 2000 and had a peak market value of $15.4 billion. Mr. Ahmed also currently serves on the boards of Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) and Vesper.
Ms. Di-Ann Eisnor has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020. Ms. Eisnor is an entrepreneur and executive who is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Core, a venture-backed construction labor marketplace. Ms. Eisnor had a transformative impact and helped scale Waze, Inc.(“Waze”), a crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic application, owned by Alphabet, Inc. Ms. Eisnor was with Waze for 10 years, founding its U.S. office in 2009. During her tenure she oversaw user growth from 10,000 to more than 100 million. Ms. Eisnor currently also serves on the board of Saia Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA) and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.
Mr. Camillo Martino has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020. Mr. Martino was a senior global semiconductor company executive and now serves as a board member and executive advisor to many global technology companies that are focused on building high growth businesses that emphasize the convergence around wireless, IoT, cloud, edge and AI applications. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of MagnaChip Semiconductor (NYSE: MX) as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sensera (ASX: SE1), which is focused on IoT platform solutions.
Mr. Atif Rafiq has been a member of our board of directors since August 2020. He has been at the center of Internet and digital disruption for over 25 years, building on 15 years of experience in pure play tech companies such as Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Yahoo and AOL where he led large scale, fast growing businesses. In 2013, he became the first chief digital officer in the Fortune 500 when he joined McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE: MCD) and formulated one of the largest digital transformations in the world. These initiatives have been rolled out globally as McDonald’s “store of the future,” adding billions of incremental revenue. He later took on increasing senior roles in the C-Suite of large cap companies including Global CIO and Chief Digital Officer for Volvo Cars, and President of Commercial & Growth at MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM), a Fortune 300 company.
Mr. Allen Salmasi has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2020. Mr. Salmasi is a pioneer in the wireless industry with over 40 years of experience building leading edge companies. Mr. Salmasi is the CEO of Veea Inc. (“Veea”), a provider of comprehensive full stack solutions for edge computing and communications. Prior to founding Veea in 2014, Mr. Salmasi was the Chairman, CEO and President of NextWave Wireless Inc. where his team developed and implemented the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service with MCI Corp. as its first major customer. Through 2013, Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other carriers and telecom vendors purchased NextWave assets in separate transactions for multiple billions of dollars. Prior to NextWave, he served as the President of Wireless Division, Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at Qualcomm, where he initiated and led the development of the cellular products business, including chipset and handset product developments and licensing and standards programs for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology.