Enable machines to see better than humans

Multi-view experts
Light is a depth perception technology company. We believe that human-like vision is the key to enabling machines to navigate their environment accurately and safely.
Years of multi-view research and experience
Building highly capable systems using industry standard components.
Shipped real-world product and applications
Manufacturing and delivery of commercial hardware and software products, including custom silicon and multi-view camera systems.
Wide-ranging patented approaches
Robust multi-view patent portfolio.

Leadership

Dave Grannan
Co-founder & CEO
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Dave Grannan
Co-founder & CEO

Prior to Light, Dave was CEO of Vlingo, the first natural language speech recognition service for mobile phones. Vlingo provided speech recognition for the first Siri app and powered Samsung's S-Voice product. Nuance Communications acquired Vlingo in 2012. He previously held leadership roles at Nokia, Sprint PCS, and Geoworks. He began his career in the US Marine Corps and holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Rajiv Laroia
Co-founder & CTO
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Dr. Rajiv Laroia
Co-founder & CTO

Rajiv is the cofounder and CTO of Light Labs, a company dedicated to multi-view computational imaging and it’s application to depth perception. From February 2006 to February 2011 he was SVP of Technology at Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM). In February 2000 he founded Flarion Technologies and was the CTO until it was acquired by Qualcomm in January of 2006. Flarion was the first to develop OFDMA based all-IP mobile broadband technology which became the basis of LTE 4G international wireless standard. With more than a two billion 4G devices already in use and that number growing rapidly, this technology has had a significant impact on all of humanity. Before launching Flarion Rajiv had been with Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories since 1992 when he joined the prestigious Mathematical Sciences Research Center. In 1997, he became head of Bell Labs' Digital Communications Research Department in the Wireless Research Center.

Rajiv has a very broad background that spans wireless communication networks, data transmission, information theory, VLSI design and architecture, analog mixed-signal and RF circuit design, high-speed AD/DA data converters, speech image & video processing/compression and optics.

Rajiv received his Ph.D. and Master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, all in electrical engineering. His thesis also contributed to V.34, the ITU voice-band modem international standard. He has coauthored the book "OFDMA Mobile Broadband Communications: A Systems Approach" with Dr. Junyi Li and Dr. Xinzhou Wu. He has 400 issued patents and more than 400 pending. Rajiv has won numerous industry awards. He was inducted to the Innovations Hall of Fame, University of Maryland, College Park, in 2006. In 2007 he received the IIT Delhi Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2013 the Distinguished Alumni Award from the EE Department, University of Maryland. He was awarded the IEEE Industrial Innovation Award in 2013. He received the 2018 Eduard Rhein Technology Award for pioneering work on fourth generation wireless systems. He has been awarded the IEEE 2020 Alexander Graham Bell Medal for contributions to cellular wireless data systems. Rajiv is a fellow of the IEEE.

Prashant Velagaleti
Chief Product Officer
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Prashant Velagaleti
Chief Product Officer

At Light, Prashant has overseen the design & delivery of the company’s first ASIC silicon, hardware & software development teams for the novel L16 consumer camera, as well as partner engineering. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer responsible for both product & business development initiatives.

Prior to Light, Prashant was VP of Applications & Services at DTS, Inc. He has previously held R&D leadership roles at Motorola. Prashant received a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Product Development both from Northwestern University.

Tom Barone
CFO
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Tom Barone
CFO

Tom is Chief Financial Officer of Light. In his role as CFO, Tom is responsible for Light's finance, accounting and administrative operations, legal, human resources and investor relations. He brings to the company over thirty years of extensive financial and operations experience from various high technology software and services companies.

Chris Barnett
SVP Strategy & Licensing
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Chris Barnett
SVP Strategy & Licensing

Chris has been working in sales and marketing leadership roles in mobile computing since the Palm III launched (1998). Most recently he was EVP Global Sales & Marketing at EyeVerify (acquired by Alipay) and before that EVP Sales & Marketing at Vlingo (acquired by Nuance). Chris is also the founder of Barnett Strategies: barnettstrategies.com

Sumit Chawla
VP, Imaging Systems
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Sumit Chawla
VP, Imaging Systems

Sumit has worked in the imaging space for much of his career, having worked at GoPro, Apple and Foveon. Prior to joining Light, he was the VP of Software Engineering at Tetravue, a company developing a high definition flash LiDAR. At Light, he leads the Computational Imaging and Camera Systems teams. Sumit holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Harish Sarma
VP, Software Engineering
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Harish Sarma
VP, Software Engineering

Prior to Light, Harish was co-founder and VP Cloud Operations at Cloudleaf, Inc., an Industrial IoT company. For the last 25 years, Harish has held leadership roles in embedded, mobile, IoT and edge to cloud computing in companies such as Motorola, Zaplet and Tandem. He holds a MS Computer Engineering from Penn State and dual B.S degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Eniker Molnar
VP of People
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Eniker Molnar
VP of People

As Vice President of People, Eniker is responsible for creating synergy between brilliant people and business needs to build innovative technology for customers. She oversees people strategy, talent acquisition, and performance.  Eniker brings over twenty years of HR experience to Light Labs, Inc. from both start-ups and established global organizations.

Previously, Eniker was Head of Human Resources at VeloCloud where she led global expansion of nearly 50% before successful acquisition by VMware in 2017.  Eniker also has extensive experience in game development for companies such as High Moon Studios (acquired three times and now part of Activision, all during her nearly ten year tenure) and Electronic Arts. She is passionate about people and regularly volunteers with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and Rebuilding Together.

Mazhar Alidina
VP, Silicon Systems
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Mazhar Alidina
VP, Silicon Systems

Before seeing the Light, Mazhar was with Qualcomm for twelve years where he led world-wide teams developing wireless modems. He also held leadership and technical roles at Conexant, Globespan and Lucent Technologies focusing on network processors, wire-line and cellular modems. Mazhar received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1994 and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1992.

Miki Abe
Program Manager
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Miki Abe
Program Manager

Miki has been a program manager for the last 18 years, leading engineering development, business implementation, and process optimization in various technical industries including mobile device, stock analysis and trading software, and Lidar sensors. In her role as Manager of Technical Program Management at Light, she is responsible for managing program stakeholder communications, schedule, change control, risk management, cost monitoring and engineering operations.

Rob Bajohr
Director, Marketing
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Rob Bajohr
Director, Marketing

As Light's Director of Marketing, Rob Bajohr is responsible for linking the innovations of the company’s product and engineering teams to customers. Rob oversees Light’s marketing efforts, including market research, digital marketing, creative development, agency management, media, and employee communications.

Before joining Light, Rob was an award-winning Creative Director who solved business challenges for clients like American Express, Dodge, and Toshiba. He received his BFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. When not glued to his laptop, Rob loves exploring California’s golden coast with his family.

Investors & Partners
Dr. Paul E. Jacobs
Dr. Sanjay Jha

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