Founder and Chairman of the Board
Nagesh Challa is co-founder and Board Chairman of Ecrio. As the Founding CEO of the company, he successfully assembled the team, set the direction for the company and raised money from both VC investors and strategic investors, he is also co-inventor of the MoBeam technology. In 2010, he spun MoBeam from Ecrio as a subsidiary and successfully assembled a management team and raised funding for MoBeam. Prior to Ecrio, he founded Nexcom Technology Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up that pioneered the concept of mass storage for mobile devices. As an inventor of the technology and CEO, he negotiated several license agreements with large global OEM's. He successfully sold Nexcom to ISSI (Nasdaq:ISSI) in December 1997. During his 25 year career, he held various engineering and management positions with National Semiconductor, Exel Microelectronics and Catalyst Semiconductor. Mr. Challa received a BS in Physics from Andhra University, India, an MS in Physics from Western Michigan University, and was a graduate student at Purdue University before starting his career in the Silicon Valley. He has been granted 24 patents in semiconductors, software and mobile technologies.
Founder & CEO
As one of the co-founders of Ecrio, Michel Gannage has been involved with the company since its inception. During his tenure at Ecrio, he managed international business, OEM/ODM relationships, strategic partnerships, and was actively involved in product planning and sales strategy. Before founding Ecrio, he co-founded Nexcom Technology with Nagesh Challa and served as Vice President of Engineering. At Nexcom, Mr. Gannage developed the Serial Flash and MediaStick product lines, and managed the system development for flash data storage in the form of SIM cards for consumer wireless devices. Prior to that, Mr. Gannage held various engineering and management positions with Catalyst Semiconductor, Exel Microelectronics and Intel. Mr. Gannage received an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, an MS in EECS from Princeton University, and holds 9 patents.
Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Rao Gobburu, CTO and Ecrio co-founder, is responsible for analyzing technology and market trends as a foundation for leading the execution of technology strategy and product roadmaps. Mr. Gobburu is an industry veteran in the areas of information appliances and microcontrollers. Prior to founding Ecrio, Mr. Gobburu co-founded Silicon Works Inc., a startup aimed at Connected Information Appliances, where he developed fully functional Motorola DragonBall based handheld PDA/Information Appliances. Earlier, he managed the single chip X86 microcontrollers and PCMCIA controller business for Vadem. Prior to Vadem, Mr. Gobburu was employed by Tritech Microelectronics, where he defined and developed chipset solutions for pen computing. He started his career at National Semiconductor in 1981 in the Microcontroller group. Mr. Gobburu holds a B.E in Electrical Engineering from MS University, Baroda, India and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. He holds 10 patents.
Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development
Vikram Karmarkar, VP Product Marketing and Business Development, establishes key technology and product alliances with wireless infrastructure partners. Dr. Karmarkar was one of the founding R&D members of HCL (now HCL Technologies). After moving to AT&T Bell Labs, he pioneered the application of robust design techniques to optimize high-reliability SS7 message switching systems. Also at Bell Labs, he led the development team for the industry's first carrier-grade LDAP internet directory product. At Lucent Technologies, as Director of IP Networking Products, he was a member of the team that launched the company's first multi-gigabit IP Switch product. Most recently, within Lucent Technologies' wireless business unit, Dr. Karmarkar served successive roles as Director of Mobility Customer (UMTS) Solutions; Director of the Wireless Competency Center in Milan, Italy; and Director of UMTS and GPRS Applications and Services. He holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Iowa, specializing in fault-tolerant packet switching systems.
Vice President of Engineering
Krishnakumar Narayanan joined the company in 1999 and now directs the Ecrio engineering team. He also manages off-shore teams responsible for development, product engineering and technical support. Mr. Narayanan has over 22 years of industrial experience in software development and product delivery in the areas of mobile communications, systems programming, computer graphics and image processing. Prior to joining Ecrio, he developed software and firmware for an intelligent server monitoring device at Mirapoint, Inc. At Silicon Graphics, he led a team of engineers in the mid-range graphics workstations group. Mr. Narayanan started his career as a principal engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, designing advanced graphics and image processing algorithms for hardware based graphics accelerators. He holds a B.S degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from Louisiana State University.
Vice President of Finance
Lina Martin, VP Finance, manages all aspects of finance, accounting, and operations for the company. Other duties include overseeing facilities, human resources, and office management functions. Ms. Martin also plays a vital role in fund-raising activities, including recent significant investments by Aplix, CSK, JAIC, Nomura Securities, NTT DoCoMo and Visa. She works closely with Mr. Challa and the board of directors on analysis for budgets, cash flow, and operating results. Prior to Ecrio, Ms. Martin served as Corporate Controller for gForce Systems and Decisive Technology. She also served in various finance/accounting capacities with Micro Focus, Varian Associates, and Capcom U.S.A. She holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Iowa State University and pursued graduate studies (MBA program) at Drake University.