Our Leadership Team
President & CEO, Co-founder
Prior to co-founding Leap Motion, Michael was the CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service later acquired by a major national yellow pages company. Additionally, he ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael earned his dual Bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science from George Washington University.
CTO and Co-founder
David was pursuing his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he left to co-found Leap Motion. David also contracted for NASA’s Langley Research Center and conducted neuroscience research while at The Max Planck Institute.
Prior to joining Leap Motion in 2012, Keith helped manage the Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics Center (CCIAM) at the University of North Carolina. At Leap Motion, Keith initially spearheaded our algorithm prototyping. Later, he helped lead our engineering efforts for the launch of the Leap Motion Controller, moving into his current role in 2014. Keith received his PhD in Mathematics from the Colorado State University in 2008, and has published articles in Nature, The Journal of Applied Physics, and other journals.
General Counsel, CFO
Tom leads our legal, finance and human resources functions. Before joining Leap Motion he served as Associate General Counsel at Logitech, where he advised the finance, investor relations and products teams. He was previously an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, California and DLA Piper in Vancouver, Canada, representing clients in public offerings, venture financings and mergers and acquisitions. He earned a BA with honors from the University of British Columbia and an MA from the University of Essex, England where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. Tom received his JD from the University of Toronto.
Dan leads our product and user experience efforts. Before joining Leap Motion, he was a product manager at Google focused on software infrastructure, developer platforms, and open source projects. At Google, Dan initially contributed to the web-search backend and datacenter management. He also helped establish Apache Shindig, co-founded the OpenSocial Foundation, and later guided the developer community and federation protocol efforts around Google Wave. Dan earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with minors in Technology & Management and Philosophy.
VP of Business Development
Nick leads Leap Motion’s efforts to bring motion control to VR / AR devices and other verticals. He came to Leap Motion in 2012 from OmniVision, where he was responsible for developing new markets for their imaging systems as Director of Product Marketing, helping grow their revenue to $1 billion. He led the penetration of mobile, tablet, gaming, notebook, webcam and enterprise markets with customers such as Apple, Sony and Microsoft. Nick previously held a variety of engineering roles at Omnivision. He began his career with Samsung Electronics in Korea, where he developed advanced imaging systems. Nick is an electrical engineering graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Highland Capital Partners
Since its inception in 1988 Highland Capital has taken a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and IT companies. With over $3 billion of committed capital and offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Geneva, Highland has invested in and worked to create many of the world's top companies.
Founders Fund is a venture capital firm in San Francisco that focuses on early-stage technology investments. Managing Partners include Peter Thiel, Ken Howery, and Luke Nosek, co-founders of PayPal, Brian Singerman, founder of iGoogle, and Executive General Partner, Sean Parker, founding President of Facebook.
Andreessen Horowitz is a venture capital firm that invests in high technology companies and is based on a vision for a new, modern venture capital firm that supports entrepreneurs through angel investments to large scale funding. Its general partners are Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz, Scott Weiss and John O'Farrell. Andreessen Horowitz has more than 25 investments with companies like Foursquare, Groupon, Skype, and Zynga.
SOSventures is a venture capital firm and investment management firm with an 18-year track record of investments in the software, telecommunications, and technology fields.