Our Team

The Lexi Team

Scott Cahill

Scott Cahill

CEO

Scott co-founded LEXI in January 2017. Prior to LEXI, Scott was the CEO of several companies – two of which were acquired and one of which he put on the Inc 500 twice. Previous to these roles, Scott held VP level roles in Sales, Marketing and Business Development at three VC-backed companies, 2 of which were acquired by public companies.

Scott holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

Deepak Saxena

Deepak Saxena

CTO

Deepak co-founded Lexi with Scott in early 2017. Prior to Lexi, he was the CTO of an Adtech company. Deepak has 25 years of software development experience including many years working on projects for NASA, the Department of Defense, the Naval Research Lab, the Air Force Research Lab, the National Science Foundation and MIT Draper Labs.

Deepak holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University and a BS in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai

John E. Osborne III

John E. Osborne III

COO

John is a leading IoT executive with expert experience in new product development, rapid product commercialization, systems innovation, and operations geared to agile operations. Prior to joining LEXI, he was President, North America at the largest IoT manufacturer in the world and spent 20 years as General Manager for R&D, Operations Research at a leading American Retailer. John also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Connected Standards Alliance (formerly Zigbee Alliance) as well as Vice Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance.

John holds a BS in Computer Science from Ohio University and an MBA, Leadership Skills (customized program) from the University of Cincinnati.

Michael Bailey Smith

Michael Bailey Smith

VP, Sales

IoT strategic business development executive with over 30 years of experience and a proven track record of taking new smart products and services and turning them into profitable multi-million dollar businesses. Former paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, free agent with the Dallas Cowboys and, as crazy as it seems, also played bad guys in Hollywood for 25 years.

Michael holds a BS in Computer Aided Design from Eastern Michigan University.

Kelvin Ngan

Kelvin Ngan

VP-Operations, China

Kelvin is the third co-founder of Lexi where he overseas all our hardware development in Southern China & Hong Kong. Prior to joining Lexi, Kelvin was the VP-Operations for $100m/yr toy company where he oversaw all production. Kelvin has 30 years of experience in product development and manufacturing in China.

Kelvin holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Our Investors and Advisors

Richard Ling

Richard Ling

Board of Directors

Mr. Ling is a serial entrepreneur and investor with over 30 years of experience in building successful technology companies as a founder, CTO, CEO and venture capitalist. Mr. Ling has served as a board member of a dozen companies.

Mr. Ling founded three venture-backed technology start-up companies. ImpulseBuy (data-driven ad targeting) acquired by Inktomi (NASDAQ:INKT); AlterEgo (mobile/cloud-based web transcoding) acquired by Macromedia (NASDAQ:MACR); and MetaLincs (enterprise e-mail search) acquired by Seagate (NASDAQ:STX). These companies collectively raised over $50M in venture capital funding from top-tier venture funds, corporate and angel investors (including Mayfield Fund, Softbank, Canaan Partners, Granite Ventures, Arrowpath (ETrade), Newbury, Yahoo Inc, Interwoven, SRI (Stanford Research Institute), Frank Quatrrone, John Chambers among many others) and returned almost $350M in value to the investors.

Mr. Ling is a Founding General Partner of Rembrandt Venture Partners (RVP), established in 2004 to provide venture capital to early stage technology companies. RVP raised over $300 million under management in three funds that has invested in over 40 companies and has had over a dozen exits including Ironport (Cisco), Convio (IPO), MetaLincs (Seagate), LGC Wireless (ADC), Cavium (IPO), LiveRamp (Acxiom), Good Technology (Motorola), Xactly (IPO), Buysight (AOL) among others. Mr. Ling has also been an angel investor in over 20 companies including CommerceOne, Good Technology, ComScore, eBates, YesMail, Intuitive Surgical, Socializr, UserTesting.com, Atomic Labs, Hims&Hers, Facet Wealth, LEXI, Riptide, SuperWorld, Vectice, Irrigreen, etc. Mr. Ling holds several patents and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on the television program Business Today.

Mr. Ling holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (robotics and control/learning systems focus).

Harsha Agadi

Harsha Agadi

President & CEO, Crawford & Company/ Chairman, GHS Holdings, LLC

Since 2016, Agadi has served as the president and chief executive officer of Crawford & Company before previously serving as the interim CEO. Additionally, Agadi currently serves as chairman of GHS Holdings, LLC and on the Board of Directors for Belmond Ltd. and Diversified Foodservice Supply, Inc.

Agadi has over 30 years of experience and has worked in multiple senior leadership roles, including five other CEO terms, throughout his career. His experience varies between food service and franchise companies to Fortune 500 companies. Some of the companies he has worked with include: Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.; American Express; PepsiCo Inc.; General Foods and Orient Express Hotels. Agadi’s expertise lies in global growth for American companies and allows him the opportunity to travel around the country to speak at conventions, universities and professional associations.

Kurt Robson

Kurt Robson

Former VP Development / Chief Applications Architect, Oracle

Kurt is Founder and CEO of Modern Logic International, a niche market event management and ticketing application. Kurt continues to do 95% of the programming and system administration and the revenue from this business is funding his angel investments. He is also CTO of IT Capital, which mainly invests in mature software companies. Previously, Kurt was with Oracle Corporation for 16.5 years in various roles helping to design and build the Oracle E-Business Suite (ERP) software. He was also directly responsible for development and product management of other product families within the suite. His final role/title was VP Development/Chief Applications Architect responsible for design and architecture for the applications division, a team of over 5,000 engineers. Prior to Oracle, for 8 years Kurt was with Professional Computer Resources, an ERP software company that was acquired by Computer Associates. He helped build ERP applications for IBM Minicomputers, and later transitioned to consulting, pre-sales, and finally sales roles.

Kurt holds an MBA and a BA from the University of Chicago.

Ted Sergott

Ted Sergott

EVP, Product Development, PRO Unlimited

Ted is a product & tech visionary leader specializing in software as a service (SaaS).  Over the span of his career he has been the CTO or head of product at 6 companies, most recently at PRO Unlimited Inc,  and has 10 patents.

Bill Brown

Bill Brown

Former CEO, Matterport

Bill has been CEO of two early-stage start-ups and has also held key operating roles at Motorola Mobility/Google, Canesta (acquired by Microsoft), Touch Revolution (acquired by TPK group), and General Instrument (acquired by Motorola) along with other start-up businesses. Most recently, Bill successfully led Matterport’s launch and growth as CEO, taking the company from pre-product to a dominant SaaS market position with $50M+ run rate within 4 1/2 years of product launch while building a significant data advantage to drive unique AI capabilities.

Bill has diverse industry experience in IoT/connected home, vertical SaaS for enterprise and SMB, AI, XR (AR, MR, VR), immersive 3D media, touch and 3D sensor tech, e-commerce, converged media, and social. Bill received his BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Brian Bernstein

Brian Bernstein

VP Products, Digital Lumens an Osram Company

Brian leads Product Management for commercial smart lighting at Digital Lumens. Previously, Brian was Segment Manager, Retail & Hospitality, Philips Lighting North America leading strategy, planning, and performance for go to market, channel activation for professional retail and hospitality customers in North America with a particular focus on engaging early adopters with innovative offerings based on internet of things technologies.

Prior to that, Brian was Global Head of Indoor Lighting Systems, Philips Lighting North America. Brian holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

Cyril Brignone

Cyril Brignone

Former CEO, Arrayent

Cyril Brignone worked for the past 20 years as an entrepreneur, R&D leader and sales executive in the field of IoT and enterprise solutions where he has over 20 patents granted. He is the former CEO of Arrayent, a B2B IoT enterprise platform used by manufacturers including Whirlpool, Sylvania and P&G to launch their smart products.

Cyril sold the business in 2017 to Prodea Systems. Before joining Arrayent, he co-founded Vator.tv, an online portal for emerging startup companies to showcase themselves.

Cyril came to Silicon Valley in 2000 from France to work at Hewlett Packard Laboratories as a Senior Research Scientist Manager where he led a team of scientists developing IoT technologies and enterprise applications. Cyril holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France.

Hans Bukow

Hans Bukow

Former CEO, Provade

Hans brings 25 years experience in founding and leading innovative venture backed enterprise software and Web companies as CEO and GM for over 20 years.

Hans is recognized for pioneering $3B+ established software categories: Manufacturing Execution (MES) and Vendor Management (VMS). Significant successes: FASTech (#22 Inc. 500 in ’93) is now part of Applied Materials Global Services, WorldPlay which became AOL-EA Games, and eWork Group – a EU publicly traded company which helped pioneer the emerging human-cloud and is a still growing with $1.5B+ in revenues.

Jeff Cassis

Jeff Cassis

Former SVP, Global Lighting Systems, Philips

Mr. Cassis was the Senior Vice President, Global Lighting Systems at Philips Lighting (now Signify) from 2012 to 2018 that created and managed the global Professional LED Lighting Systems Business. His portfolio included luminaires, including Philips Hue, electronics, communication devices, application software, controls, cloud and data analytic services.

He previously served as the CEO of Philips Color Kinetics from 2007 to 2012. Color Kinetics was acquired by Philips Lighting in 2007. Prior to joining Color Kinetics in 2006, Mr.Cassis served as President and CEO for Millennial Net, a wireless sensor software company that was acquired by FESTO GmbH.

Mr. Cassis has more than thirty five years of experience in serving the discrete manufacturing, semiconductor and electronics industries and he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut, Master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science from Yale University, and a M.B.A. from Boston College.

Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter

CTO Delos

Jim leads all Delos’™ technology efforts as Chief Technology Officer, including the continued integration of Delos wellness-based algorithms across technology platforms for residential and commercial environments to help people be well in spaces where they live, work, sleep and play.

Prior to joining Delos, Jim provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems, led Motorola/Google’s architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home and shaped a powerful standards-based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc. Jim is an active contributor to leading tech publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat

Josh Tretakoff

Josh Tretakoff

VP, Partnerships, Just Answer

Joshua Tretakoff has led loyalty and business development efforts for the last 20 years. Over a decade in online and offline electronics retail, he was VP, Account Management for ImpulseBuy Network when it was acquired by Inktomi as part of a $113 million exit.

He went on to co-founded Loyalty Lab, where he worked as EVP Services, until the successful sale to TIBCO. Josh has led business development for $100M+ companies in the local retail and promotions space, and helped hundreds of brands and retailers with their online businesses.

He is currently the VP- Partnerships for JustAnswer, the leader in online professional services, and serves on several boards of innovative companies.

Mark Slee

Mark Slee

Developer of LX Studio

Mark was employee 30 at Facebook where he worked from 2006-2012 in multiple roles across software engineering and product management.

Mark is the creator of LX Studio, a software package for real-time LED animation, and has created or collaborated on numerous LED artworks, including installations at the offices of Facebook, Dropbox, Asana – and most recently the Tree of Ténéré at Burning Man. In 2013 he founded Heron Arts, an independent art space in SOMA that hosts a variety of exhibitions and creative community events.

Mark is also an avid electronic music DJ and producer, performing regularly in San Francisco clubs since the late-2000s, as well as managing and operating the house and techno record label Manjumasi.

Matthew Stepka

Matthew Stepka

Former, VP-Special Projects, Google

Until recently, Matthew was Vice President, Special Projects at Google, where he led and incubated strategic initiatives, especially mission-driven projects with high social impact. Over nine years with the company, he led efforts ranging from expanding internet access, developing clean energy, strengthening freedom of expression and democracy, innovating in robotics, establishing novel pricing strategies and extending Google’s footprint in emerging markets, especially Africa.

Prior to joining Google, Matthew was Vice President, Pharmacy for drugstore.com, a leading online health and beauty retailer, and Chief Operating Officer for WorldRes, an online hotel reservations network. He was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for over 5 years. Matthew holds a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Management from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently a Visiting Scholar/ Executive in Residence at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Karl Jonsson

Karl Jonsson

Sr. Director Product Management, IoT, Belkin International Inc.

Karl has held several executive positions with industry leading companies including Belkin International, Cisco Systems, GreenWave and Tridonic. Karl has a proven track record of innovative and visionary thinking with over 70 filed patents. In 2009 he became a founding member of GreenWave Systems where he pioneered the world’s first IP based smart light bulbs, paving the way for technology leaders like Philips Hue and LIFX. Karl’s smart lighting patents where eventually acquired by Signify.

In 2014 he joined Austrian based Tridonic to spearhead net4more, a visionary IoT solution for commercial lighting, based on Thread and Power over Ethernet (PoE) protocols. Karl co-founded the IoT Ready alliance while at Tridonic that was eventually incorporated under the DIIA and has had strong influence on major standards bodies in the industry including TCLA, ZigBee, Z-Wave, DLNA, IPSO, Fairhair and the Thread Alliance. He holds a M.Sc. in Information Technology, B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering, Electrical Science degree from the Technical College of Reykjavik.

Rich Stephens

Rich Stephens

President, Cellpoint Systems

Rich has worked in development and manufacturing of technology products at Cellpoint for more than 20 years, and is focused on bringing commercial IoT platforms and hardware from concept to market. Cellpoint started by developing cellular network infrastructure components, and eventually began developing low power radios and sensor systems for early IoT applications. Rich has developed and built a wide range of products including modular wireless sensor platforms, solar power management devices, an IoT combat sport training and gaming platform, retail management platform, and smart building sensor and network infrastructure products.

Suna Taymaz

Suna Taymaz

Former Chief Strategy Officer for AAA Mountain West Group

Suna was previously Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at AAA Mountain West Group, serving 10 Million Members in the areas of Transportation, Home Care, Insurance and Travel. In her roles at AAA she oversaw Venture Capital and Acquisitions, AAA’s innovation lab, A3Ventures, Corporate Strategy and Information Technology. Prior to AAA, Suna was the Director of Corporate Strategy Development for Pacific Gas & Electric, where she established and operated PG&E’s $250M technology incubation and investment fund to advance California’s renewable energy goals.

Suna received her MBA from the University of California, Irvine and her BS in Finance from Carleton University.