Bill Colleran has over 35 years of experience as an engineer, investment banker, technology entrepreneur and business executive. Prior to co-founding Lumotive, Bill was the CEO of AnswerDash, a provider of SaaS self-service support solutions which he led from 2015 through 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Colleran served from 2001 through 2014 as the CEO of Impinj (NASDAQ: PI), the world’s leading provider of RFID systems. Before joining Impinj, Bill was the CEO of Innovent Systems, developer of the world’s first CMOS Bluetooth chip, which he led from inception through the company’s sale to Broadcom Corporation in 2000. Prior to Innovent, Dr. Colleran worked for Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group on both financing transactions and acquisitions in the technology sector. He has extensive engineering-design experience, both as a consultant for several Fortune 500 companies and as a Senior Staff Engineer for TRW, Inc. (now part of Northrop Grumman). Dr. Colleran received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1993, M.S. from USC in 1985, his B.S. from Notre Dame in 1983, all in Electrical Engineering, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1996.
William Colleran, J.D., Ph.D.
Lumotive CEO and Co-founder
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Gleb Akselrod has more than 10 years experience in photonics and optoelectronics. Prior to Lumotive he was the Director for Optical Technologies at Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA, where he led a program on the commercialization of optical metamaterial and nanophotonic technologies. Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics at Duke University, where his work focused on plasmonic nanoantennas and metasurfaces. He completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at MIT, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow and an NSF Graduate Fellow. For his dissertation, he studied the transport and coherence of excitons in materials used in solar cells and OLEDs. Prior to MIT, Gleb was at Landauer, Inc. where he developed and patented a fluorescent radiation sensor that is currently being used by over 100k soldiers in the US Army. He holds 5 US Patents and has published over 25 scientific articles. Gleb received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Gleb Akselrod, Ph.D.
Lumotive CTO and Co-ounder
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Axel Fuchs is a global technology executive based in Silicon Valley whose expertise is turning new technologies into profitable business in automotive, consumer electronics, security, IoT and industrial markets. Over the past three decades Axel has an established record of success managing critical aspects of high-tech global businesses, including research and development, systems engineering, product management and business development. After completing his Doctorate in Control Engineering at Darmstadt University of Technology, Dr. Fuchs started his career at Daimler building self-driving cars and trucks in the early 1990s. He arrived in Silicon Valley in 1995 to co-found the Daimler Benz Research and Technology office in Palo Alto. There, Axel and his team built the first “Internet Car” which won the Smithsonian Computerworld Award. In 1999 he joined Motorola’s newly established Telematics Division, helping to productize connected cars. Since 2002 Axel has held business leadership positions with start-up companies in Silicon Valley, including SimpleDevices, Telenav, Wheelz and most recently Quanergy.
Apurva Jain has over 10 years of experience in optoelectronics, product development, program management and precision manufacturing. His expertise is in building and managing teams to transform early concepts into commercially successful products employing best design and manufacturing practices. Prior to Lumotive he was the Director of New Product Development at Avo Photonics, a private-label design and contract manufacturing firm. There he worked on over 20 optoelectronic products from concept through volume manufacturing for industrial sensing, medical diagnostics and telecom markets. Apurva received his Ph.D. in Optics from CREOL, University of Central Florida and B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.