the Team

the faces of
Launch Factory

We are a team of explorers, thinkers, and builders. Startups are our passion and their success is our daily mission. We bring together experience as founders, manager, and investors to create meaningful opportunities for experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs alike.

Launch Factory Team

Brad Chisum


Brad Chisum is the former CEO and co-founder of Lumedyne Technologies, a MEMS Inertial Sensor company acquired by Google.  

Prior to Lumedyne, Brad held engineering and management positions at the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Defense Systems Command (SPAWAR), and with semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics.

Brad holds four patents and three degrees: an MBA from San Diego State University, a B.S. Electrical Engineering and B.S. Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.  


James Hereford


James Hereford previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Technology Engineering division of Google’s Hardware Product Area.

Prior to Google, James held engineering, program management, and business analyst positions at ION Geophysical and Chevron Technology Ventures.

James holds three degrees: an MBA from Rice University, an M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies – Physics from the University of Oklahoma.


Alessandro Rinaldi

Director of Innovation

Alessandro focuses on finding and vetting the ideas incubated in our venture studio.  

Before joining Launch Factory Alessandro held roles as an operator and founder in enterprise software and consumer goods start-ups. He also directed corporate innovation teams that developed fast-growing new digital products in the Media and E-Sports space.

Alessandro graduated from Stanford Graduate Business School in 2018. He also holds a Master Degree in International Management (Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) and a B.S. in Business Administration and Information Systems (Northeastern University).


Kumar Kilambi

Operations Associate

Kumar Kilambi received a B.S. in Business Management Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University, where he was a member of the Lavin Entrepreneur Program.

Before joining Launch Factory, Kumar served as the Executive Vice President of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, and as an Executive Store Intern with Target.


Bradd Schofield

Marketing Generalist

Bradd Schofield received a B.S. in Marketing from San Diego State University, where he served as the PR Director for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Before joining Launch Factory, Bradd developed a marketing consulting business for small businesses in Southern California and served as a marketing intern with LALO Tactical.


Danielle Linn

Office Manager

Danielle Linn received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, where she was the Chemistry and Biochemistry Business Office student assistant. 

Previously, Danielle was an Event Coordinator and Operations intern with Launch Factory. 


Board of Directors

Ken Potashner

Executive Chairman of Home Bay Technologies

Ken has extensive executive and board-level experience in high growth, high technology global organizations. He has been CEO, Director and Chairman of several companies that achieved Billion+ valuations. 

He has served as a director in the US and in Asia of eight public company boards in addition to numerous private boards. Ken was most recently Chairman of Newport Corporation (NEWP), which was sold in 2016 for $980M to MKS Instruments. Previously, Ken served as the CEO and Chairman of Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) and Sonicblue (SBLU). When away from the office, Ken is running, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding or on some form of danger-infused adventure travel.


Strategic Advisors

Kim Davis King

Co-Director StartR Accelerator at Rady

Kim was a General Partner with IDG Ventures from 1997 to 2006. She played an active role in managing and investing over 9 years a $120 million captive fund.

She led multiple investments in software and technology infrastructure. Successful IPO investments included F5 Networks (FFIV) and VA Linux (LINUX). Prior to joining IDG Ventures, she was an Associate at BankAmerica Ventures. She has also served as a product manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group at Microsoft and spent four years as a consultant at Andersen Consulting.  Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  Today she teaches Entrepreneurship at both SDSU and UCSD, sits on various non-profit boards and holds multiple leadership positions including the National Charity League.


Gail Mosse

Legal & Technology Transactions Expert

Gail Mosse is a highly experienced Silicon Valley attorney who serves technology clients through periods of growth, transition, and globalization. 

Her work includes substantial privacy and security counseling, helping her clients adopt cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning programs. Gail has worked in-house in B2B software and B2C tech companies and presently operates her solo legal consultancy practice, which has been active for 10+ years serving clients such as Netflix, LinkedIn, and Yahoo. Additionally, she has served as an independent Director of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company (LMIC) for 6+ years. Gail earned her B.A. in Economics and Political Science and J.D. from Stanford University.