Christopher Pickett, President & CEO
As Pelican’s CEO and President, Chris provides the vision to drive the company forward while overseeing day-to-day operations as well. During his 20+ years of experience, Chris has held senior roles at Rambus, Tessera, and Global Lighting Technologies. His background in licensing and business strategy is key to developing strong customer relationships and a robust partner ecosystem at Pelican. Chris is always focused on delivering value to stakeholders, as evidenced by his track record of successful IPOs, acquisitions, and consistent revenue growth.
Chris has a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a BSEE from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
When he’s not at the office, Chris can likely be found running, enjoying modern architecture, or working from wherever he happens to be.
Kartik Venkataraman, Co-Founder & CTO
Kartik, Pelican’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO), is also one of the company’s founders, and his technical leadership is critical to shaping Pelican’s future. Kartik’s team is a multidisciplinary team with expertise in sensor design, optics, computational imaging, and graphics that creates the systems needed to make depth-based imaging possible. Prior to founding Pelican, Kartik headed the Computational Camera group at Micron Imaging (Aptina), and held senior research roles at Intel in 3D and medical imaging where he worked on joint programs with Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Institute for Systems Science in Singapore. He is a recognized thought leader in the imaging field and a frequent speaker at industry events.
Kartik received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Cruz, MS in Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and B.Tech (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
If you managed to catch Kartik not working, you would probably find him authoring a technical paper, reading a technical paper, traveling with his family, or beating most of the office at table tennis.
Robert Mullis, Co-Founder & Fellow
At Pelican, Rob participates in most aspects of the technology development and product design, with a particular emphasis on planning, robust product operation and manufacturing-related technical issues.
With a BS Math from Santa Clara University and an MSc Math/CS from Simon Fraser University, Robert started his career at Bell Aerospace where he led a SW R&D team that helped develop the first commercial aviation Collision Avoidance Systems. At semiconductor test innovator Megatest for 8 years, he managed the Software Engineering organization for the revolutionary MegaOne VLSI tester. At Sun Microsystems, Robert managed Graphics and System Software teams and subsequently managed the Graphics Systems Division Software Engineering group. As VP of Software Engineering he helped start Rendition, one of the 3D Graphics chip companies that brought 3D to the masses via PCs and game consoles. Following the acquisition of Rendition by Micron, Robert became Director of Advanced R&D in the newly-formed CMOS Image Sensor division that made cameras a must-have cell phone feature. As part of a small group with a grander vision for the future of imaging, Robert co-founded Pelican Imaging in 2008.
On the weekend, you can probably spot Rob in his garage, restoring one of his vintage cars or motorcycles.
Board of Directors
Juha Christensen / Founding Partner at Progression Partners
Juha is a serial entrepreneur with a remarkable track record. Voted one of the 25 Most Influential Europeans in Technology by Time Magazine, his passion is in nurturing and investing in growing start-ups.
Juha is Chairman and CEO of Zigi, the leader in location-based advertising, and CloudMade, the leader in cloud-based navigation and map services. Juha is also Chairman of Oysterfields, the investment firm, and of Cogniance, the design, engineering, marketing and back-office services company. He is Founding Partner at Progression, the accelerator company behind a dozen successful companies and a Venture Partner in venture capital firm Sunstone Capital. In addition, Juha holds board seats at Brandworkz, Buttonwood Financial and Pelican Imaging.
Previously, Juha co-founded Symbian, brought Pocket PC and Smartphone to market at Microsoft, was President at Macromedia and built and sold numerous technology companies.
Flip Gianos / General Partner at InterWest Partners
Flip Gianos has been part of InterWest's IT team since 1982. With a background in engineering, he has invested in multiple areas of information technology, including semiconductors, computing and networking equipment, and infrastructure and applications software. He is the former chairman of the board of Xilinx (XLNX), a publicly held company, and is a board member of several privately held companies, including Microfabrica and Pelican Imaging. Flip also serves on the advisory board of Storm Ventures II, and is a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists.
Prior to joining InterWest, Flip was with IBM for eight years in engineering management. He managed both chip design and systems integration for several IBM office automation products.
Flip earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University and received his M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He has one international and two U.S. patents.
Andy Goldfarb / Executive Managing Director/Co-Founder at Globespan Capital Partners
As Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Globespan, Andy Goldfarb sources new investment opportunities, evaluates and negotiates investments, and serves on the boards of portfolio companies. Andy was recognized on the 2009 AlwaysOn Top 100 Venture Capitalist list and the 2010 AlwaysOn Top 50 Venture Capitalist East list. The prestigious Forbes Midas List recognized Andy as one of the Top 100 Technology Deal Makers in 2006 and 2007 (with a ranking of 60 in 2007). He was also included on Boston Business Journal's 40 under 40 List in 2007.
Andy serves on the boards of Gild, Nominum, Overture Networks, Pelican Imaging, Redfin, Rev, and SundaySky. Andy previously led or served on the board for the team's investments in Akorri (acquired by NetApp), Aptis Communications (acquired by Nortel Networks), Argon (acquired by Siemens), Cerulean Technology (acquired by Aether), Covergence (acquired by Acme Packet), eDocs (acquired by Siebel), Idiom Technologies (acquired by SDL Enterprise Technologies), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), Net Perceptions (NASDAQ:NETP), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), Optaros (acquired by IPG, NYSE: IPG) Pirus Networks (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), Silknet (NASDAQ:SILK), ShoreTel (NASDAQ:SHOR), and Virident (acquired by Western Digital, NASDAQ: WDC), Vericept Corporation (acquired by Trustwave) and Virtusa (NASDAQ:VRTU).
Andy Goldfarb was the Senior Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures, where he opened the Boston office in 1997. He built JAFCO's presence on the east coast and co-led the seamless transition and spinout of Globespan Capital from JAFCO Ventures in 2003.
Prior to JAFCO, Andy founded and directed Trans National Group's venture investing, TN Ventures, where he negotiated TN's investment in Infoseek (NASDAQ:SEEK), Interzine (acquired by TimesMirror), Tickle (acquired by Monster; NADAQ: MNST) and International Data Response Corporation (acquired by Telespectrum, NASDAQ:TLSP). Andy was also integral in the sale, to MBNA, of TNFS, one of the largest credit card origination companies in the U.S.
Earlier in his career, Andy worked in corporate development at Kikkoman Corporation's headquarters in Japan.
Andy earned an AB degree in East Asian Studies and Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School's Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and is an Overseer of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. He enjoys playing squash, tennis and golf.
Bo Ilsoe / Partner at Nokia Growth Partners
Bo has more than two decades of experience in venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development as well as sales and marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore, he comes with a global view to business.
Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world and negotiated GSM supply contracts in Europe and South East Asia. In 2002 he joined Vertex Management, where he managed several investments with successful M&A transactions generating in excess of $300 million. Bo has also started two companies and raised money for an investment fund focused on Eastern Europe. Bo graduated with honors with a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. Bo is based in Europe.
Eric Zimits / Managing Director at Granite Ventures
After spending a long career in finance and investments with a focus on the communications sector, Eric Zimits joined Granite Ventures in 2000 to focus on investing in early-stage communications and components companies.
Prior to Granite, Eric was Managing Director and head of the Communications Research Group at Hambrecht & Quist (later Chase H&Q), where he sponsored several venture capital investments, including: Amber Networks, acquired by Nokia; InterNAP (NASDAQ: INAP); Paragon Software, acquired by Openwave; WavTrace, acquired by Harris Corporation; and VocalData, acquired by Tekelec.
Prior to H&Q, Eric launched a research effort in the telecommunications and wireless industries as a General Partner at Volpe, Welty & Company. He also held analyst positions at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes and Morgan Keegan & Company. Eric's years of experience tracking the communications industry teamed with his financial savvy enables him to guide portfolio companies in making sound business decisions based on a deep understanding of the marketplace. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for AirTight Networks, Pelican Imaging, Percello, Quantance, and RGB Networks.
Eric received a B.S.E. from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business.
Technical Advisory Board
Hao Li / Professor, USC
Dr. Hao Li is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California since 2013. Before his faculty appointment, he was a research lead at Industrial Light & Magic, where he developed the next generation real-time performance capture technologies for visual effects and virtual production. Prior to joining the force, Hao spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia and Princeton Universities. His research lies in data-driven geometry processing, 3D reconstruction, and performance capture. While primarily developed to automate real-time digital content creation, his work on markerless dynamic shape reconstruction has also impacted the field of human shape analysis and biomedicine. His algorithms are widely deployed in the industry, ranging from leading visual effects studios to manufacturers of state-of-the-art radiation therapy systems. He has been named top 35 innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2013 and NextGen 10: Innovators under 40 by CSQ in 2014. He was also awarded the SNF Fellowship for prospective researchers in 2011 and best paper award at SCA 2009. He obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2010 and received his MSc degree in Computer Science in 2006 from the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He was a visiting professor at Weta Digital in 2014 and visiting researcher at EPFL in 2010, Industrial Light & Magic (Lucasfilm) in 2009, Stanford University in 2008, National University of Singapore in 2006, and ENSIMAG in 2003.
Bedabrata Pain / CEO, Edict Inc.
Dr. Bedabrata Pain serves as Chief Executive Officer of Edict Inc., a technology consulting firm. Dr. Pain was previously a senior research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, where he managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. Dr. Pain is a co-inventor of the active pixel sensor technology that resulted in the development of the world's smallest camera in 1995 at NASA, which subsequently sparked the explosion in cameraphones. In 1997, Dr. Pain was inducted to the U.S. Space Technology Hall of Fame.
Dr. Pain received his M.S and Ph.D in Applied physics from Columbia University in New York in 1992. He has published over 150 technical papers and won several awards, including the Lew-Allen Award for Inventors. He is also an acclaimed film director, producer, and screenwriter. In 1993, Bedabrata Pain joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. Since 1993, he was associated with NASA. Concurrent with his NASA work, he taught courses on CMOS imaging at UCLA, chaired international conferences, and was the invited speaker at several conferences. He has published over 150 technical papers, and won several awards, including the Lew-Allen Award for Inventors.