Engineers at heart
We love what we do. We are restless and yet we don’t wait for things that have never been done before. We are in love with the impossible. We fail, we fall, we scream because when we are in the game we give it our best. We are building a brave new world of machines that think like us, an ecosystem unlike any other.
We have what it takes...
Mahesh Lingareddy is committed to the vision and strategy for the company as well as building an open innovation platform to create a robust product ecosystem in the country. An entrepreneur at heart, Mahesh has always recognized the emerging technology trends and its market potential. Part of his vision is: India playing a major role in the upcoming global IoT and AI wave. Smartron came into being on the wings of this dream. The core of Smartron is a reflection of Mahesh's belief in the new ‘India’. A belief that, as a nation, we have what it takes to be at the forefront of the next technology wave with product level innovation.
Mahesh’s entrepreneurial journey began in the better part of two decades of his experience. His risk taking ability started early on where he turned down lucrative offers from established companies to join a startup fresh out of college. He later moved to Intel in the US, made a mark there. In 2006 he co-founded Soft Machines and under his leadership, it became a successful microprocessor start-up by raising more than US$100 million from diverse group of global investors and built a team of more than 250 employees across U.S., India and Russia and received M&A term sheets valuing the company up to $1B. He successfully completed the sale of Soft Machines to Intel and thus making it as first ever acquisition of CPU technology company by Intel in its long history. His vast experience and the journey of being part of several technology trends across various countries came with a strong conviction: Set up a company in India that can envisage changes and trends at a global level. To realize this vision Mahesh founded Smartron on an equal footing with the world’s best.
joined Smartron as an investor and strategic advisor on 20th March 2017. As a strategic advisor, Krishna will mentor the Chairman and the Board of the Company in building Smartron into a global brand. With an illustrious career spanning 20 years across computing, communication & connectivity technologies, his experience as a strategic advisor, would add to the team’s strength as it continues to invest and work towards making Smartron a successful brand to be reckoned with globally.
Krishna currently serves as a senior advisor to Riverwood Capital, WRV and IvyCap Ventures. He was the President of Imagination Technologies Inc. until November 2016. Prior to this, Krishna served as the CEO of Hellosoft, before Imagination Technologies acquired it in 2010. And before that, as Chairman, President & CEO of ZSP (acquired by LSI Logic), he pioneered the development of DSP based on RISC technology that has been adopted by major semiconductor and system vendors and deployed in billions of devices. Krishna has been recognized as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum in Davos. A seasoned entrepreneur, Krishna has also been involved with several successful companies as investor/advisor/board member including Silicon Spice (acquired by Broadcom), Pequre (became ServerWorks acquired by Broadcom), vEngines (acquired by Centillium), nBand (acquired by Proxim), Chiplogic (acquired by ADI), Intoto (acquired by Freescale), Valyd (acquired by EMC), Posedge (acquired by Imagination), Vivu (acquired by Polycom), Soft Machines (acquired by Intel), eSilicon, Invecas, Nod, Ineda, Innovium, Fungible and NetSpeed Systems.
Richard Wirt, M.S., Ph.D., a senior technology executive with 35 years of experience in the computer industry, was Vice President and General Manager of Intel Corporation’s Software and Solutions Group. He developed and nurtured the Intel software group from when he founded it in 1982 to a 3000 person worldwide operation in 2007. Working closely with Intel Capital, Dr. Wirt made many successful worldwide investments including 10 large acquisitions of software companies. Operating at the highest executive level, Dr. Wirt worked with Intel industry partners such as Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, HP, IBM, NEC, Fujitsu, Redhat, and many others, building ecosystems to grow Intel’s processors’ market while maintaining more than 85% market share. In 2007 Dr. Wirt also served as Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President at In-Q-Tel, a technology investment group that supports the U.S. government.
Arif Maskatia,former CTO at Acer, has over 40 years of advanced systems architecture design and product development and manufacturing expertise. He has excellent and respectful relationships with all world class Taiwanese ODMs and Silicon Valley technology partners. He is currently advising multinational companies and early to mid-stage startups to refine product roadmaps, identify important technologies and trends, new technology productization and bringing new products to market in volume manufacturing.
Arif is an industry-recognized expert who developed the industry's first IBM compatible PC in 1983, which got Multitech (now Acer Inc.) and MiTAC International started in the PC business and gave birth to Taiwan's ODM industry. He developed the first MS DOS Pocket Computer. He led Acer's engineering team in Silicon Valley to architect and develop the industry's first award winning Pentium class notebook computer (AcerNote Nuovo, TravelMate Series) which broke through 10+ hour battery life for a full day’s work with single battery, followed by the first fingerprint sensor secure PC. During his career at Acer, he made alliances with technology partners to bring many exciting products to market, such as with Microsoft the first Convertible Tablet PC, the first Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Android Smart Phone, the NVidia T3 based 10” Android OS based Tablet, and the first Google Chrome OS based Chromebook. He has received many corporate awards and industry recognitions, including over 25 US patents. As a technology executive with a creative vision, Arif brought engineering ‘know-how’ and created innovative organizations and solutions. What excites Arif is the fast growth in Mobile/IoT/AI technologies, which creates challenges, innovation, and new business opportunities. He received Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 1972 and 1973 respectively. He serves as a Board Member and Executive Technical Advisor of high tech companies.
Larry M. Paulson has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors of Novus Capital Corporation.
He has also served as principal and founder of Rancho Santa Fe Solutions, a wireless industry consulting company he founded in February 2010. From 2013 to January 2020, Mr. Paulson was with Qualcomm (Nasdaq:QCOM) where he served as Vice President of Product Management (2013-16), Vice President and President India and SAARC (2016-2018) and Vice President Sales NA and Australia (2018-Jan 2020). Prior to Qualcomm, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing officer of Brightpoint, Inc., a provider of worldwide distribution and integrated logistics services to the wireless communications industry, from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that he served with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) from 1987 to 2010 where he had numerous roles including global Senior Vice President and General Manager CDMA Product line. Mr. Paulson holds a BA in Communications from Point Park University. We believe Mr. Paulson is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors because of his more than thirty years of global senior management positions in the tech industry with expertise in wireless communications.