Philipp Popov, CEO
Philipp is a seasoned automotive industry expert. He was the Founder and CEO at S1NN GmbH (acquired by Harman International) and instrumental with in-car audio and connectivity, delivering a highly sophisticated infotainment systems to automotive customers; Audi, Bentley, Porsche and Tesla. Prior to joining CloudCar, Philipp also held Executive level positions in TradeBeam, Harman/Becker, and Bose.
Philipp holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University Berlin.
Linda Khachooni, CFO
Linda brings 30 years experience working with early stage growth companies and being a part of executive staff responsible for finance, legal, operations, negotiations, fundraising and organizational processes. Prior to coming to CloudCar, Linda completed a transaction of a small early stage company to a pre-IPO Hortonworks, instrumental in selling a medical device early stage company to Numera, CFO at Core Mobility and responsible for spinning off 4 companies. She has held similar positions at several companies and was integral in the M&A activities that sold companies to AT&T, eBay, Lucent, HP and Excite.
Linda holds degrees in Math, Business and a MBA.
Ming Guo, VP of Engineering
Ming was Senior Engineering Manager at Amazon. He led the development of Silk browser for Kindle tablets, and he also managed the entire development cycle of Amazon WebView for Kindle HD and HDX, which enabled hybrid mobile applications on Kindle tablets.
Ming was Senior Manager and Architect at Telenav. He managed engineering team for TelenavTrack product in enterprise division (acquired by Fleetcor). He led the architecture design and development of AT&T Navigator, Scout Navigation & Meetup, Chatbaka voice messenger, as well as mobile app link solution for automotive.
Ahmer Khan, Director of Product
Ahmer comes from a background in engineering, product management, and business development in the mobile and auto space. Having worked with customers as diverse as Qualcomm, Mediatek, Texas Instruments, AT&T, Toyota and Ford, Ahmer brings a lot of industry experience across multiple technology channels. As a product executive, Ahmer has led numerous products and services into the market while leading multi-national teams in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Ahmer holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on RF and Microwave communication from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Johney Lu, Director of Business Development
Johney comes from a background in marketing, product management, international expansion, and business development in the connected car and IOT space. Johney brings tremendous industry experience across multiple business sectors having served customers such as Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, State Farm Insurance and FedEx. As a business development executive, Johney lead the launch for Mercedes Benz Mbrace and Mercedes Connect in China and was involved with VW connected car in US, China, and Europe. He also worked on the State Farm Usage Based Insurance project, connecting the driver to insurance.
Johney holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California at Davis and a MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Konstantin Othmer, Board Member
Konstantin was founder and CEO of Core Mobility, a private company that worked with device manufacturers and wireless operators to provide visual voicemail, voice SMS, wireless backup, and push-to-talk. Core Mobility was purchased by Smith Micro Software. Before co-founding Core Mobility, Konstantin was the founding CEO of ePeople, Inc., a collaborative CRM application software company, that raised over $70M from Redpoint Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Integral Capital. With his first startup, Catapult Entertainment, later acquired by HearMe.com (NASDAQ: HEAR), he served as vice president of product development and customer support.
Konstantin began his career at Apple, where he became a Distinguished Engineer. He has authored over 25 technology patents and has many others pending.
Bruce Leak, Board Member
Bruce Leak is an American inventor and entrepreneur, and currently a co-founder at Playground Global. He was one of three co-founders of WebTV and is credited with making several major advances in the Macintosh operating system. Wired magazine described him as an “Apple Hero,” saying that he “kick-started the multimedia revolution, bringing quality video to the Mac a year before anything even remotely comparable hit Windows.”
Leak graduated from Stanford University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science.
Jim Wickett, Board Member
He has over 25 years of investment and operational management experience in the fields of enterprise software, Internet services and media. He served as Venture Partner of Bay Partners, LLC. Prior to Macrovision, Mr. Wickett served as a Consultant to the entertainment and computer industries in helping independent producers and venture-backed companies. Prior to that, he was a General Partner in Bay Partners of Cupertino, an early stage venture fund. He served as Senior Vice President for Worldwide Business Development of PointCast, Inc., where he was responsible for many high-profile distribution and OEM agreements with major software vendors.
He is a Member of the California State Bar. Mr. Wickett received his Law degree from the San Mateo Law School.
Mr. Seligson is a Portfolio Manager in the technology sector at Passport Capital. Mr. Seligson joined the firm in 2002 from NEC Corporation’s Strategic Planning Group in Tokyo where he was an Analyst. Mr. Seligson graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business and from Colgate University where he earned a B.A. in Asian Studies and Computer Science.
Tony Fadell, Advisor
Anthony Michael “Tony” Fadell (born March 22, 1969) is a Lebanese-American inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., from March 2006 to November 2008 and is known as “one of the fathers of the iPod” for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music player. In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs, which announced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2B. Since early 2015 he led the Google Glass division, until his resignation in June 2016.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Computer Engineering in 1991.
Carl Peter-Forster, Advisor
Carl-Peter Forster started his career at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant in 1982. After four years there, he joined BMW in Munich, where he became a member of the Executive Board in 1999 as head of global manufacturing. In 2001, he joined the European division of General Motors and became Managing Director of Opel and Vice President of GM Europe. In 2006 he became CEO and President of GM Europe and joined the parent company’s Global Automotive Strategy Board. After leaving General Motors, he became Group CEO at Tata Motors, where he was responsible for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. In 2013, he joined the boards of Geely Automotive Holdings and Volvo Cars.