Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rip Gerber is the founder of “Location-as-a-Service” (LaaS) and built Locaid into world’s largest location company. As GM and CMO at Nokia, Rip transformed the Intellisync’s (NASDAQ: SYNC) brand and products, culminating in a $510M acquisition. He’s served as SVP at Carlson, a $38 billion private company, and was a founding executive of Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH). He also founded @once (acquired by InfoUSA), was a strategy consultant for Deloitte, a direct marketer for American Express and a plant engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber. Rip holds several patents, sits on the CTIA’s WIC Leadership Council of the CTIA, serves on the board of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc and is the only CEO to be certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Rip can frequently be found speaking and sharing his thoughts on innovation using location at mobile and technology conferences across the country. He has a Harvard MBA and a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia.
Rip is also a best-selling author. His thrillers have been published by Random House and Forge. In his spare time Rip fronts a rock band in San Francisco and curates the world’s largest collection of map postcards.
| Tom Stahl
Chief Operating Officer
Tom Stahl runs all Locaid internal operations including development, platform infrastructure, finance and human resources. Previously Tom was COO of Nielsen Mobile/Telephia, where in nine years he helped build Telephia from ground-zero to $90 million in revenue and a $440 million sale. Tom ran the company’s operations, software development, wireless technology, IT infrastructure and analytics groups, and oversaw over 300 employees in the United States, India and Guatemala. His previous telecom experience includes three years as a management consultant helping US telecom firms enter the China market and two years with BellSouth China in Beijing. He has also worked as a programmer, an electrical engineer, a political consultant in Taiwan, a short-order cook and a paperboy. Tom holds an MBA and a Master's in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Tom is also an award-winning photographer and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Naomi Morita is responsible for Locaid’s technology vision and location sourcing of Locaid’s “Location-as-a-Service” platform. Naomi has over fifteen years experience in building technology-enhanced and mission-critical solutions for enterprise customers, including Western Union, UPS, USDA and Comcast. Her work in location began with evangelizing worldwide “user plane” a-GPS solutions at SnapTrack (now Qualcomm) and continued on as head product manager of Chaperone, Autodesk's white-labeled application for Verizon. Prior to Locaid, Naomi provided leadership to iLoop Mobile's Service Delivery team to maintain and grow a client base of 80+ accounts including Yahoo!, Sony, Coca-Cola, CREDO Mobile, ePrize, Deutsche Bank, Paramount and Hasbro. Her work includes broad patents for location-driven analytics. Naomi is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Application Developer’s Alliance.
| Jeff Allyn
SVP, Sales and Marketing
Jeff Allyn is responsible all Locaid sales and marketing functions. Jeff is a strategic innovator with a career history of devising, launching and selling products that add immediate and long-term value with valuable pipelines. Prior to joining Locaid, he worked for Verizon Wireless, where, during his fifteen-year tenure with the company, he was an accomplished sale leader who was responsible for establishing new sales distribution channels that created incremental revenue streams for LBS, Voice and Data services. Jeff also led strategy development, sales training, communications and collateral development for Verizon’s white-labeled navigator product, VZ Navigator, the wireless industry’s most successful LBS application. In addition, he managed a multi-billion dollar subscriber base of bundled wireless and landline services.
SVP, Business Development
Walter Beisheim focuses on expanding Locaid’s location offer and market footprint. A mobile industry veteran of over 25 years, Walter is passionate about building out a complete suite of location services for the global enterprise. Prior to Locaid, Beisheim served for four years as Vice President of Business Development for Neustar in its Quova division, where he was responsible for establishing and maintaining major enterprise accounts including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, T-Mobile, Cisco, AT&T, Fox Entertainment and Yellow Pages. Prior to Neustar, he was SVP of Sales and Marketing at Mobile Data Solutions, Inc., a provider of mobile workforce management systems. Beisheim also previously held senior level positions in business development and sales at IBM, Wang Laboratories, Informix Software, SR Telecom and Digital Microwave Corp. Beisheim spends his free time with his family, travelling internationally, and is an avid downhill skier.
Vice President, Operations & Onboarding
Dennis Madura is responsible for managing Locaid's location infrastructure, customer operations and application on-boarding. Prior to joining Locaid, Dennis worked for Nielsen Mobile (acquired by Telephia) where he owned operations for the largest suite of products in the Nielsen Mobile portfolio. He also integrated new platforms and launched new products at Openwave and, for Nortel Networks, worked in supply chain management, new product introduction and manufacturing. Prior to joining Nortel, Dennis served 5 years in the United States Navy onboard a nuclear powered submarine. He holds a BSME from the University of Florida at Gainesville.
Board of Directors
Vice President, Florida Growth Fund, Hamilton Lane
Greg Baty is a Vice President at Hamilton Lane. Greg is based in Florida and is primarily focused on the Florida growth Fund. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane, Greg held investment positions within the private equity marketplace, with previous venture finance experience at Sand Hill Capital and Garage.com, where he screened potential portfolio companies, sourced deal flow for emerging technologies, raised capital and managed relationships with top tier venture capital and venture debt firms. He has also owned and operated retail franchises along with his operational roles in technology start ups. Greg also spent nine years as a professional football player, initially drafted by the new England Patriots and finishing with the Miami Dolphins. He holds a bachelors degree from Stanford University and a masters in management from Stanford Business School.
Co-Founder, GGV Capital
Scott Bonham is a founding partner of GGV Capital and has been instrumental in helping the firm’s portfolio companies navigate technology and marketing hurdles for more than a decade. Recently Scott has been focused on enabling mobile solutions and is involved in Heptagon, Xenon Technologies, and Inside Secure. Prior to joining GGV, Scott was a Vice President at Capital Group Companies and a consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Scott also spent four years at Silicon Graphics in various marketing roles and started his career as a systems engineer and maintenance foreman at a General Motors assembly plant. Scott earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honors) from Queen's University, Canada and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
General Partner, Intersouth
John Glushik is a General Partner at Intersouth where he focuses on the firm's technology portfolio. Prior experience includes management consulting at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, telecommunications satellite engineering at General Electric and data communications research as a Draper Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his current role, John is an adjunct professor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business and serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Atlanta Venture Forum and Florida Venture Forum. In addition, he is President of the Duke University Engineering Alumni Council. John holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Managing Director, H.I.G. Ventures
As Managing Director at H.I.G. Ventures, John Kim focuses primarily on Internet, media and wireless investments. Previously, John was a co-founder, interim CEO and board director of Cooligy. He also was the COO of an eCommerce portal, General Manager of a semiconductor equipment manufacturer and Business Development Director at a product development software company. John began his career at Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he consulted on operations strategy to Fortune 500 companies. John received an M.S. and B.S. with Phi Beta Kappa honors in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree with distinction from Harvard Business School.
With 27 years of wireless and mobile location experience, including 8 years as the CTO of Locaid, David’s expertise in product development, carrier networks and channel development for the US, SE Asia and CALA markets led him to senior management positions at SnapTrack and Qualcomm. As Director of Wireless Systems, David opened Samsung Telecom America's first sales and marketing, building a team to expanded Samsung's wireless infrastructure. As Program Director within Motorola’s Cellular Infrastructure Japan Division, David also lead Motorola's $3B contract for CDMA infrastructure into DDI and IDO. David earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business, where he also held an Adjunct Faculty position within their MBA program.
Founder of Geoloqi
Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and the founder of Geoloqi, Inc., a company bringing the future of location to the world. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both in the United States and around the world. Her main focus is mobile software, non-visual augmented reality, the future of location, and reducing the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect. Case has spoken at TED on technology and humans and was featured in Fast Company 2010 as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She’s worked with Fortune 500 companies at Wieden+Kennedy and on major applications at Vertigo Software. In 2012 she was named one of National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and made Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30 with Geoloqi co-founder Aaron Parecki. She is @caseorganic on Twitter.
General Manager of Where, a PayPal Service
Walt Doyle sets the vision and strategy for the PayPal Media Network. As an outwardly facing CEO and strategist, Doyle led the WHERE business for five years, which resulted in the April 2011 acquisition by PayPal. During this time, he built a world-class team of like-minded entrepreneurs and leaders around him. Doyle's passion for emerging technology has kept him on the leading edge of consumer media and technology for over 15 years.
Prior to joining WHERE in 2005, he was a GM of MapQuest. His career began in Hong Kong with Dow Jones and then spanned executive level appointments with GameSpot, Net2Phone and DialPad. Doyle's ability to identify emerging technology trends, create corporate strategy and build winning teams puts him squarely at the helm of the PayPal Media Network.
He was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 program and was also named a Massachusetts High Tech All Star. Doyle serves on the leadership board of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. He is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta.
Head of Strategic Business Development, Mobile Wallet, VISA
Brad Greene is head of strategic business development for the mobile commerce unit of Visa Inc. Before joining Visa, Brad was global head of business development for the GSMA, the mobile industry association representing over 800 mobile operators worldwide. Prior to that, he was a corporate development executive for BellSouth, responsible for M&A deals and strategic equity investments. Before joining BellSouth, Brad was an investment professional with Summit Partners, focusing on growth-stage investments in technology companies. Brad has served on several private-company boards, including a solutions provider for mobile web developers, a semiconductor design firm focused on mobile communications, and a manufacturer of consumer plastic products. Brad holds an MBA from Emory University and a BS degree from Georgia Tech. Outside of his professional activities, he travels widely, is an avid mountain biker, and enjoys living in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and nine-year-old daughter.
Principal, Access Strategy, Google
Arjunan (Ph.D.) is a telecom technologist with broad strategy and advisory experience. He is currently developing innovative telecom product business plans as part of Google's access strategy group. As a manager at Bain, he has led diverse teams to drive strong bottom line results while working across the telecom value chain with leading semiconductor, device, carrier and services companies. His background includes telecom software and hardware experience at Intel and Qualcomm and a wireless networking PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.
Author and former head of Analytics for PRGX (NASDAQ: PRGX)
Steve has dedicated his entire 30-year career to serving retailers and their suppliers, first as a retail executive and more recently as a partner and practice leader for several prominent consulting firms. Prior to joining Kalypso, Steve served as the global managing director for business analytics and advisory services for PRGX, where he built a business serving prominent retailers and consumer goods clients in fact-based analytics, merchandising, sourcing and procurement. Earlier in his career, Steve served as a partner and retail/consumer goods industry practice leader for both A.T. Kearney and Deloitte Consulting. Prior to his career in consulting, Steve held merchandising positions with Federated Department Stores (Sanger Harris division) and Pier 1 Imports. Steve received an MBA in Finance and a BS in Marketing and Advertising from Indiana University.
Vice President Business Development & Sales, Arterra Mobility
Arterra Mobility was formed by the teams that developed kajeet®, the cell phone service for kids, and Airlink Mobile®, sold in more than five thousand retail locations nationwide. Jim’s focus is identifying and forging critical relationships with key partners. Profile:
I’ve established strategic alliances and executed strategies leading to long-term partnerships with companies such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Motorola, Vodafone, Sprint, T-Mobile, Qualcomm, Samsung, LG, and Microsoft, generating profitable results in high growth/entrepreneurial environments.
I have built and managed global cross-functional teams and drove startup ventures to multimillion-dollar growth. I identify new business opportunities, create sustainable business models, and effectively manage resources to deliver results in the mobile, Internet, and wireless industries.
Principal Consultant, Ericsson
Hugh Fletcher has worked in the mobile industry for over 15 years. Currently at Ericsson, Hugh’s previous companies include the largest wireless carriers – Verizon Wireless and Sprint, mobile OS providers and mobile start-ups. Always on the lookout for the next big thing in the rapidly converging world of telecommunications and computing, Hugh brings a wealth of experience in complete life-cycle product development, business development and IT architecture to Locaid’s advisory board. Hugh completed his MA, Mathematics &CS at and graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi.