Meredith Perry is the inventor of uBeam, a technology that uses ultrasound to transmit power over the air to charge electronic devices wirelessly. Using a patented system, uBeam is the only wireless power system that can safely charge multiple electronic devices wirelessly at a distance.
Meredith founded uBeam in 2011 while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Meredith served as a student ambassador for NASA, where she worked on technology to detect life on Mars, experimented in zero gravity and researched and published papers in astrobiology and medicine. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in paleobiology.
Meredith has been included in Fortune’s “40 Under 40” Mobilizers, Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment.” She has also been recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” and is the recipient of Elle Magazine’s Genius Award.
Larry Pendergrass has been a leader in the high tech industry for over 30 years, with 20 years in management and nearly 15 years in science and engineering, working for world class companies including as Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Keithley Instruments and Tektronix. He has spent much of his career in Research and Development, but has also worked many years in Manufacturing and Marketing. Larry has recently spent three years as an Executive Management Consultant for the San Francisco firm TechZecs, LLC, working on a variety of projects at the C-Level for high tech firms, improving R/D effectiveness, creating growth strategies, identifying acquisition targets, and developing processes for better project portfolio management.
Larry’s career has spanned a wide range of industries such as semiconductors and other discrete devices, materials research and development, test and measurement instruments, wireless devices, medical products, professional musician equipment and application software. His experience comprises a diverse set of technologies, from electronics to optics, acoustics and magnetics.
Larry’s work as a scientist and engineer included development of adaptive beamforming, optical signal processing, new-to-the-world devices (i.e surface acoustic wave devices, microwave optical modulators and other high speed devices), various materials research and development (acoustic, optical and electron spin resonance magnetic materials), and acoustic medical imaging.
His business specialties include NPI (New Product Introduction) processes and R/D effectiveness, fast cycle time development, talent acquisition and management, creating an innovation environment, management of cross-geographic development and manufacturing, corporate and product strategy, project portfolio management, and change management.
Larry has an M.S. in Physics from U.C. Davis (with a concentration in optics and solid state physics), Executive Business Training from Stanford Business School, and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Kostas is a creative and visionary leader that believes in the power of ideas and the ability of a team to transform a business.
His 20+ years of entrepreneurial approach to building and growing customer focused businesses has spanned product development, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property. He has significant global experience growing technology based businesses and building impactful partnerships. He is the co-founder of a venture capital fund with technology investments in the US and Europe.
Kostas actively leads companies as a CXO, Board Director and business consultant to significantly accelerate growth and build durable businesses.
In 2016 and 2017, Kostas led the business transformation and successful sale of Clipper Navigation (Internet Travel Agency) and Innoetics (Text to Voice) to FRS and Samsung Electronics respectively, with significant valuation increases.
As Vice President at Intellectual Ventures, Kostas led the company’s business innovation strategy and R&D organization. He designed intellectual property based businesses based on disruptive technologies. Through invention and partnership with industry and governments, he created new business opportunities addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges such as Ageing Technologies, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency and Food Safety.
For 15 years Kostas worked at Microsoft in several executive roles. In his last role as General Manager and Partner, he blended emerging technologies and business models to bring new technology to market. He created and led the Rich Media Group and Rich Media Labs, that built transformative media experiences for multiple Microsoft product lines.
He led M&A business strategy, acquisition and integration for two multibillion dollar deals resulting in the creation of Microsoft’s Dynamics, now generating billions in revenue over a decade later.
Kostas was also responsible for the worldwide strategic partnership with SAP and Microsoft at the CEO and Board level that significantly increased Microsoft’s credibility and revenue in the enterprise.
He is a sought-after speaker on innovation and disruptive business trends and has been featured at TEDx, Aspen Conferences, DLD, and on Bloomberg TV.
Kostas earned an MBA in Management & Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Marketing Management from Siena College.
Lawrence Starr is uBeam’s VP of Engineering.
Most recently he served as VP of Engineering at Lumnese Corp a sensor startup company in Atlanta. In other past positions Lawrence was Sr. IP Engineering Manager for Intel’s Custom Foundry Division. He was the VP of Engineering at Qualtré Inc. from 2009 through 2011. Lawrence was also the Director of Engineering and Design Center Site Manager at Marvell Semiconductor in Colorado Springs from 2006 through 2008. Lawrence was previously at Intel Corporation and Ford Microelectronics in various lead engineering and management positions. Lawrence began his career at National Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA.
Lawrence is a past chairman and executive steering committee member of the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) as well as the CICC representative to the Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS). He also has been a guest editor of the Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC). Lawrence received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Jacqueline McCauley, has served as uBeam’s VP of HR | Finance since April 2016. She has over 15 years’ experience within the startup community. Her knowledge in devising and implementing scalable financial and operational process & systems, coupled with her understanding of human dynamics and high EQ, brings a dynamic and unique skill set to uBeam.
Prior to uBeam, she served for 4 years as the VP of Financial Operations & HR at AirPush. A global leader in providing digital advertising solutions, whose platform is integrated into over 250,000 mobile app, virtual reality, and mobile web applications. Jacqueline provided leadership and guidance in creating a global financial platform serving over 100,000 worldwide developers which gave AirPush significant competitive advantage. As well as leading a culturally diverse team that spanned the US, India, and the Philippines. AirPush has Ranked #2 in Forbes Most Promising Companies in 2014 and Most Innovative Product from Awards International. As well as named “100 Best Places to Work in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Journal.
She was one of two investors in the boot-strapped start up, GoLive! Mobile. She served as the VP of Operations for nine years. GoLive! Mobile was a mobile platform for MMS mobile delivery that was ranked #1 fastest growing media company” on the 2011 inc500 and 2012 inc5000, growing to over 100 employees in the US, India, & Philippines.
Jacqueline currently serves on two non-profit boards; The Nudge Foundation, from which she successfully acquired the 501(c)3 status for the US arm of this foundation. She serves as the Secretary of the Board for the Larraine Segil Scholars Foundation (LSSF), Exceptional Woman Awardees. She holds a B.S. in Business and an M.B.A from Pepperdine University.
Trevor Niblock, (PhD), is the VP of advanced technology at uBeam and a co-founder of Magzor Corporation. He has expertise in R&D and system integration of MEMS, Meso scale devices, robotics and mechatronic systems. He has a background in physics and engineering with a PhD in MEMS, a joint MBA & M. Eng (M. Res) and B. Eng. Dr Niblock is well known in government and scientific circles and has written numerous proposals funded ($17 M+) by an array of government agencies in areas ranging from MEMS, Magnetics, specialized embedded systems to robotics. As the Principal Investigator on numerous projects Dr. Niblock has spent the last two decades developing and commercializing novel technologies from the research lab to the market place. Throughout his career Dr. Niblock has worked in academic, federal government, blue-chip and start-up environments. In addition to expertise in P&L and business strategy, Dr. Niblock has exceptional technical expertise in mechatronics: MEMS, CADCAM, CAE and 3D printing. Dr. Niblock’s R & D interests are in MEMS, robotics, IoT, wireless power and moving conceptual mechatronic system designs from the laboratory to the market place. Dr. Niblock is the author of numerous peer reviewed publications and holds multiple industry patents.
Following undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral training at Notre Dame and Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. O’Donnell joined General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center in Schenectady, NY in 1980, where he worked on medical electronics, including MRI and ultrasound imaging systems. In 1990, he moved to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI where he held appointments in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and in Biomedical Engineering. In 1998, he was named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering. From 1999-2006 he also served as Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department. In 2006 he moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, WA where he was the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering from 2006-2012. He is now Frank and Julie Jungers Dean Emeritus and a Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. His most recent research has explored new imaging modalities, including elasticity imaging, in vivo microscopy, optoacoustic arrays, photoacoustic contrast agents for molecular imaging and therapy, thermal strain imaging, and catheter-based devices. He has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, the Achievement Award from the IEEE-UFFC Society and the William J. Morlock Award for Excellence in Biomedical Technology from the IEEE-EMBS Society. He is a fellow of the IEEE and AIMBE and is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Mark Suster is a Partner at Upfront Ventures. He joined the firm in 2007 after having previously worked with Upfront Ventures for nearly 8 years as a two-time entrepreneur. Before joining Upfront Mark was Vice President, Product Management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where Mark was Founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, Mark was Founder and CEO of BuildOnline, a European SaaS company that was acquired by SWORD Group. Earlier in his career, Mark spent nearly ten years working for Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Mark looks to invest in passionate entrepreneurs in early-stage technology businesses. His interests include Digital Content and Distribution, AdTech, Consumer Internet, and SaaS businesses and he has deep operating experience having started and sold his last two companies.
Katie is tech industry veteran with entrepreneurial successes that include building and launching one of the most downloaded and engaged mobile apps of all time, Shazam. She currently serves as Vice President and General Manager at SoundHound Inc., which spent ten years developing the ground-breaking Speech-to-Meaning(TM) technology and the Houndify voice and natural language interface platform. Katie is known for her ability to bring to market and scale new technologies and globalize brands, and in 2002 was recognized as the first foreign woman to launch a tech company in Japan.
KENNETH HERTZ is a named Partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP. Ken and his partners specialize in representing talent and new media companies in the sports and entertainment industries. The firm’s clients include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Idris Elba, The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am, Sir Ken Robinson, Keith Richards, Herbie Hancock, Jason Mraz, David Blaine, Shaun White, Jamie Oliver, Calvin Harris, and Annie Leibovitz.
Ken is also a principal in memBrain – an entertainment marketing and strategy consulting firm. memBrain’s clients include UBS, Hasbro, McDonald’s, Intel, Logitech, and Boots/Walgreens. Ken is a frequent speaker and commentator on the subjects of entertainment, marketing and convergence; is often quoted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal; has appeared on CNBC’s monthly newsmagazine “Business Nation;” has been an instructor at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, and an adjunct professor of law at USC.
Ken is also the host of TEDxHollywood.