Xona is founded by a team of renowned technology executives, startup entrepreneurs, management consultants, and investment bankers whose paths happened to cross for many years while leading different ventures in TMT. We count among our partners innovators and technologists with roots in the Silicon Valley ecosystem with significant international experience in both developed and emerging markets as diverse as Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Europe and the Middle East; strategy and management advisors with experience in building and growing competitive global businesses; and business and finance leaders with a successful track record in driving technology firms to meet their objectives.
We have assembled a team of partners that combines a strong set of innovators and technology luminaries with experience in building successful technology companies, strategy and management professionals with expertise in building and growing global businesses; and business and finance leaders with a proven track record working with technology investors and venture capitalists on global technology M&As.
We specialize in telecoms, media and technology (TMT) and have a global presence in multiple innovative technology hubs from which we are well positioned to help shape our clients understanding of a complex and dynamic marketplace.
San Francisco Bay Area
Dan has over 20 years of experience in ICT and is a worldwide authority in the areas of embedded computing and automotive internet technologies. He is currently a Board member of GENIVI alliance. Dan was a lead executive at multiple startups and Fortune 100 corporations and a frequent speaker at lead industry events. Dan was also responsible for vertical market strategy and related ecosystem development, which included Mobile (Android, Moblin, LiMo), In-Vehicle-Infotainment (IVI). He consulted to the top business and technology players in the mobile internet space, providing strategic technology roadmaps and M&A advisory.
Advisor. Hong Kong, New York
As a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the TMT sector, Ted has worked with a variety of established global companies, such as Motorola and Global Wireless, as well as more than a dozen telecom start-ups for both hardware and software development. Ted started his career in law firms, including Mudge Rose on Wall Street and Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong office in their China Practice Group. He has also had considerable experience in the financial sector, including such positions as compliance team leader and vice president at Goldman Sachs and as Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a real estate private equity firm. His specialties include private equity, transactional structuring, joint venturing, M&A, regulatory and commercial compliance, corporate development and strategic consulting for TMT related as well as general commercial matters. Ted received his B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. in International economics from Columbia University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Anand has 20+ years of technology management, engineering, operations, product development, innovation, competition analysis, strategy formulation, and technology evaluation experience with wireless telecom equipment providers and their wireless operator customers both in the USA and internationally. He has extensive experience in network deployments and performance analysis and with Big Data applications at Sabre, Spatial Wireless, Alcatel-Lucent, and Mitel/Mavenir. Anand holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the IIT New Delhi and a MBA from the University of Dallas.
San Francisco Bay Area, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Dubai
Riad has been involved in a string of technology startups in the Silicon Valley as founder and key executive. His areas of expertise are in mobile communications, internet eco-system, ad network and artificial intelligence. Earlier, he held senior engineering and business roles, and consulted with lead organizations in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He holds two Engineering degrees and a Master degree, a Doctorate and Post-doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Paris, and the University of California, Berkeley (all with highest honors) and completed the Executive Education in Business at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul
Entrepreneurial and pragmatic global executive driving international business and expansion of Fortune 100 and start-up companies for more than 20 years. Leading sales, consulting, and business development across diverse industries and functional areas combined with deep knowledge of Asian markets, customers and cultures. Excellent understanding of existing and emerging technologies, products, solutions. As consultant providing business, IT / media and technology consulting including service and media planning, advising on technology transformation and providing technical due diligence for PE and VC firms. Holds master degree in electronics from RWTH (Germany / Japan) and attended INSEAD Business School (France).
Frank is a telecom industry strategist and thought leader with a passion for bridging the technology-market divide. A wireless industry veteran of 20 years, Frank is co-founder of BLiNQ Networks and has held senior product management and business development positions at Redline, Metawave and Ericsson where he launched innovative wireless solutions. He consults on the technology, market and economics of wireless networks, spectrum, and infrastructure solutions. Frank holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada.
San Francisco Bay Area, London
Dean was recently VP of Business Development for Huawei R&D USA, responsible for strategic positioning, Partnerships, and M&A. He is responsible for positioning Huawei as a technology leader, Partnerships with the local ecosystem, and M&A. Dean is a member of the Band of Angels, helping entrepreneurs grow their business. Previously, Dean was Managing Director of Vodafone Group R&D USA, leading Vodafone’s R&D activities outside of Europe including Vodafone Ventures. Dean was founding President and Chairman of the Mobile Wireless Internet Forum. Prior to Vodafone, Dean held the following roles. Cofounder Malibu Networks, a pioneering developer of wireless DSL. Director with Sprint PCS where he deployed Sprint’s CDMA network in Southern California & Nevada. Director of Wireless Engineering at USWEST. Dean spent several years in academic research on communications and distributed systems. Dean holds BSEE and PhD from the University of Sussex, UK, and MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Paris, Dubai, London
Malik managed transformation programs in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, in various sector and for government institutions; e.g., he advised the Prime Minister team in Kuwait for more than a year, on education and health reforms, he managed an investment fund in Algeria. Before that, he advised companies as Sr Manager with Gemini Consulting, Arthur D Little and McKinsey & Company. Malik holds a Master in management from ESCP Paris and an engineering degree from UST Algiers.
Advisor. Stokholm, Dubai, Beijing
Mats has been in the global telecom/technology industry for more than 20 years in both CXO level roles and executive line management roles, leading global sales teams and executed large infrastructure contracts, including managing services for Mobile Network Operators and leading solution sales from product units. As a Corporate Director in Ericsson, Mats was a board member in some of the Ericsson ventures and the Ericsson Marketing Board and was also responsible for some of the key M&A activities acquiring new technologies to the Ericsson product portfolio. As head of Sales and Business development at ZTE Corporation for Europe, Mats developed the business from the first operator contract, resulting in sales of solutions of over 500 MUSD to MNOs. Mats has extensive experience with top tier strategic consulting firms, Price Waterhouse and Andersen with whom he led over 17 mobile license bids for GSM/3G/WIMAX/EVDO. Mats was CEO with the Swedish Venture Capital Association EVCA and has held various other senior positions with start ups and venture capital organizations. Mats currently serves on the Investor Growth Capitals (IGC) Technology Advisory Board. Mats holds an M.Sc. in Economics from Stockholm School of Business and a MBA from UCLA (Andersen School of Management) in Finance.