LoKast is made by the team at NearVerse, led by Boris Bogatin and Jason Pelzer, and a group of amazing engineers, designers, and business people.
Directors and Advisors
Without these guys, we would have been trying to build proximity Internet on Mars (deal is we can still do that, but only once we are done on Earth and only if they can tag along).
Boris Bogatin founded NearVerse to create LoKast and build the proximity Internet, and heads up the company as the CEO. LoKast is a mobile app for digitally enabling the physical world – allowing users to easily discover people and spaces, right where they are, connect and share media with others there, and overall better experience their physical settings. Boris has led NearVerse to also package the best app capabilities, technology system, and network for proximity Internet, within it’s best-of-breed proximity platform, which is used to power LoKast.
Previously, Boris helped start LightSquared and was the VP of Corporate Development and Technology Strategy for the company. Boris helped grow LightSquared from a $200 million company at its start into a U.S. wholesale, all-LTE wireless network powering the wireless offers of some of the biggest Internet and consumer companies in U.S. Boris graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with finance, operations management, and systems engineering degrees. In his spare time, Boris teaches his 3 year old son calculus and spends time in the physical world (mostly as an excuse to do primary research).
VP of Engineering
Jason joined NearVerse in 2010, bringing experience in media distribution and content delivery, peer-to-peer networking (P2P), consumer Internet services, mobile signaling protocols, and physical system automation. Jason now leads NearVerse’s software and technology development as VP of Engineering.
Previously, Jason served as VP of Engineering at Lime Wire, makers of the popular P2P file sharing application (estimated to have been installed on 18% of all PCs sold in 2007), VP of Engineering at Payfone, a mobile payments startup focused on commerce in emerging economies, and as Director of Technical Architecture at Sony Music, overseeing the company’s transition to the digital age.
In his spare time, he builds robots to decorate Easter eggs, renovates his home as an excuse to buy power tools, and runs like the wind. As a boy, Jason developed artificially intelligent bots for the id Software games ‘Quake’ and ‘Quake II’, as well as was a sponsored death-match gamer back in the day when it didn’t pay to play.
Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder of Rave Mobile Safety
Raju Rishi oversees strategy and marketing for Rave Mobile Safety. Raju leverages his knowledge of the complex relationships between wireless carriers, content providers, application providers and consumers gained over a career in telecommunications.
His previous experiences include EVP Product Management & Strategy of Vettro and executive roles at Avaya/Lucent/AT&T, where he was responsible for architecture, international R&D, product management, sales, and marketing for mobility & IP products.
Raju is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
James N. Perry, Jr.
Managing Director, Madison Dearborn
Prior to co-founding MDP, Mr. Perry was with First Chicago Venture Capital for eight years. Previously, he was with The First National Bank of Chicago. Mr. Perry concentrates on investments in the communications industry and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Asurion Corporation, Fieldglass, Inc., MetroPCS Communications, Inc., NextG Networks, Inc., Sorenson Communications Holdings, LLC, The Topps Company, Inc., Univision Communications Inc., Chicago News Cooperative, Chicago Public Media and the School Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Mr. Perry holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Chief Executive Officer, Crisp Media
Boris Fridman is the mobile industry veteran and visionary who has guided Crisp through its evolution from a mobilization company to a leading rich media advertising company. Fridman has a proven track record building and leading successful software companies in the wireless and mobile space. As Chief Operating Officer of SJ Labs, a developer of award-winning VoIP software products, he focused the company on providing solutions in the emerging voice over Wi-Fi market. As founder and CEO of Broadbeam Corporation, he led the company to become a premier supplier of wireless middleware products to enterprises worldwide. He co-authored “Wireless Data for the Enterprise: Making Sense of Wireless Business,” published by McGraw-Hill, and received a patent in the area of wireless access to the Internet. Fridman holds a Master’s degree in physics.
Founder and CEO of Tracks.io
Vic Singh is a Founding General Partner with ENIAC Ventures. He has over 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur, operator and investor in software startups. Vic is currently Founder and CEO of Footprint Media, a stealth mode venture incubated mobile startup. Vic also Co-Founded NearVerse, a venture backed mobile technology startup building a rich media delivery platform for smartphones. Previously, Vic was a venture capitalist with RRE Ventures, a VC firm with $850MM under management where he focused on investments in consumer internet and mobile. He led the firm’s investment in Adaptive Blue (social network for entertainment) and helped close several deals including Flipswap (mobile resell), M-Via (mobile remittance), GoMobo (mobile payments), Payfone (mobile payments) and Tendril (mobile smart grid). Vic has advised numerous startups on product and marketing strategy including Hopstop, Exergen, Organic Motion, Remote Reality and Big Bang Entertainment. Vic began his career as a technology consultant implementing software solutions for major corporations including Bose, MetLife, LG, Sara Lee and Unilever. Vic holds an MBA from Columbia Business School where he was a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, an InSITE Fellow and Co-President of the Venture Capital and Private Equity Club. He earned a BSE in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania where he was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship.
Alan C. Veeck, Ph. D.
Alan Veeck is a Partner with Meakem Becker Venture Capital, a traditional venture capital firm focused on making significant investments in early-stage startup companies. Prior to Meakem Becker, Alan spent seven years at Ariba (formerly FreeMarkets), working with a number of the company’s largest customers across many industries, and managing acquisition integration activities. Before Ariba, Alan was an associate at McKinsey & Co, a management consulting firm, from 1996 through 1999. While at McKinsey, Alan worked extensively within the Purchasing and Supply Management practice, serving a range of Global 1000 clients in the healthcare and diversified manufacturing industries. Alan holds a bachelors degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alan lives with his wife and four children in Sewickley, PA.
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the industry over the past 12 years. Presently, Raj is an EIR (Entrepreneur in Residence) at SRI focused on enterprise mobility. Most recently, Raj was the founding Vice President of Business Development for Skyfire, a mobile browser that supports full Flash rendering. Previously, Raj was consulting with Dell Mobile assisting them with their global SMS and WAP strategy. Prior to Dell, Raj co-founded venture-funded Veeker, NBC’s mobile video citizen journalism service and ToneThis, CNET’s top downloaded ringtone creation product.
Raj has also worked in product management, engineering, strategy and consulting roles for Kodak Mobile, Cellmania, MobiTV, PlayPhone, Tellme, Samsung, Turk Telekom, IGT, Hungama Mobile, Vlingo and Antenna Software. Raj’s personal projects include GameChalk, an SMS multi-player game service, Pubwalk, an LBS bar-hopping service and Wired Mashup of the Year winner in 2006 and YumYum Labs, an Android recipe voice search application and Sprint App 4G Challenge winner. Raj is also a mobile advisor to numerous companies including Movoxx, Nearverse, TinyTube, LocalResponse, Textopoly, Knocking Video and also an investor via ENIAC Ventures.
Raj is a regular mobile writer and speaker including formal and guest blogging for GotoMobile, Venturebeat, O’reilly Emerging Telephony and VisionMobile. Raj is a mentor at 500 Startups and Founder Labs and has also made contributions to a number of mobile user and expert groups including the JCP, MMA and the Bluetooth SIG. For more information, please see www.rajansingh.com.
Hadley is a founding General Partner of ENIAC Ventures and Vice President of Marketing at Vlingo. Hadley has been actively working at the intersection of business and technology for more than twelve years. As Vice President of Marketing for Vlingo, the world’s most popular mobile virtual assistant, Hadley leads the company’s efforts in user acquisition and monetization. He has also been responsible for Vlingo’s business development and finance activities over his three and a half years on Vlingo’s executive team.
Hadley joined Vlingo after its initial funding in 2007 from Charles River Ventures where he concentrated on mobile and IP intensive early stage investment opportunities. Prior to that, Hadley worked in corporate strategy for Samsung, where he focused on telecommunications and digital media engagements across North American, Europe and Asia. Hadley’s work resulted in a shift in Samsung’s strategic direction towards Smartphones in the North American and European markets. Hadley was also a Product Manager for Microsoft, working on an incubation team for a new security product, which has since grown into a large highly profitable business. Hadley began his career as a management and technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pegasystems, where he led the design and execution of multi-system software implementations.
Hadley is a noted expert in the evolution of the mobile ecosystem, having been interviewed and quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, VentureBeat, GigaOm and Fox Business. He holds a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder & CEO of Local Response
With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through four successful startups to date, Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of wireless technologies for media properties and consumer brands.
Named a top 10 NYC ‘game changer’ in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News ‘mobile movers and shakers’ in 2008, a BusinessWeek ‘M-Commerce Baron’ in 2006 and named one of AdAge’s ‘top 20 marketers in their 20s’ in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of the social cityguide, “buzzd”, backed by the Blackberry Partners Fund, Qualcomm Ventures, Greycroft and Monitor Ventures. Prior to buzzd, Nihal founded ipsh!, one of the first full-service mobile marketing agencies in 2001, which he sold to Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) in 2005. Nihal started his entrepreneurial career by founding Urbangroove, an online nightlife portal, in 1999.
Nihal’s other entrepreneurial projects include co-chairing the innovation advisory board for Reshma for Congress, co-founding the non-profit Project Ahimsa, and being a co-founding general partner at the mobile seed venture fund ENIAC Ventures.
Nihal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy and a BSE in Computer Science and frequently guest lectures at business schools around the country on entrepreneur-ship and mobile marketing.