Meet
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, managers, and investors to create meaningful opportunities for experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs alike.

Leadership

Brad Chisum

CEO

Brad 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.  

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James Hereford

COO

James 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.

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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.

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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.

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Gail Mosse

Legal & Technology Transactions Expert

Gail 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.

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Jack Harrison

Founder of Integrity Energy Associates

Jack Harrison is an experienced startup founder, entrepreneur, and serial angel investor. Jack is the founder and current president of Integrity Energy and Associates.

He is also the co-founder of SkyScale, an accelerated cloud solutions joint venture, and the founder of Aspen Integrated Technologies, a world-class microelectronics manufacturer.

Jack currently serves on the board of One Stop Systems, a computer integrated design company, and Reach Beyond, a $53M media and healthcare non-profit.

Jack received a BME degree from Wheaton College.

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Robert Phillippy

Independent Consultant

Robert Phillippy is an independent consultant, advising technology companies on a range of strategic, operational, and organizational issues. He previously served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Newport Corporation.

In April 2016 Newport was acquired by MKS Instruments, and Mr. Phillippy served on the board of directors of MKS instruments until May-2018. He currently serves on the boards of three publicly held companies – ESCO Technologies, Kimball Electronics and Materion Corporation; and in advisory/board roles for selected private equity and emerging technology companies.

Robert has over 35 years of experience in technology-related industries, including various sales and marketing management positions at Square D Company, now part of Schneider Electric.

 Robert holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Launch Factory Team

Alessandro Rinaldi

Director of Innovation

Alessandro leads our ideation efforts & due diligence into new business opportunities.

Previously, Alessandro held roles as an operator and founder in enterprise software and consumer goods start-ups.

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

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Kumar Kilambi

Operations Associate

Kumar focuses on both our founder recruitment and due diligence efforts.

He received a B.S. in Business Management Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University.

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Bradd Schofield

Marketing Generalist

Bradd focuses on our marketing outreach, website design, and founder recruitment.

He received a B.S. in Marketing from San Diego State University

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Danielle Linn

Office Manager

Danielle focuses on managing the day-to-day operations of the Launch Factory office.

She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

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Active Interns

Arianna Gianakopoulos

Graduate Innovation Intern
MBA candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder

Evan Morris

Video Production Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

Ian Steffes

Content Marketing Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

John Sanderson

Graduate Innovation Intern
MBA candidate at The Ohio State University

Mckenna Vranicar

Content Marketing Intern
Undergrad at University of California Berkeley

Intern Alumni

Alexis Rogers

Graduate Innovation Intern
MBA candidate at San Diego State University

Austin Abhay

Process Development Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

Austin Shaw

Research Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

Isaac Torres

Innovation Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

Isaiah Weiss

Innovation Intern
Undergrad at the University of California San Diego

Julia Jiang

Graduate Innovation Intern
MBA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University

Khushboo Poddar

Graduate Finance Intern
MBA candidate at Rice University

Lexi Oplinger

Research Intern
Undergrad at San Diego State University

Lorenzo Rossini

Graduate Innovation Intern
PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCSD

Moiz Muhammad

Innovation Intern
Undergrad at the University of California San Diego

Siyu Lai

Data Analytics Intern
M.S. in Business Analytics at UCSD

Yanrong Dai

Graduate Innovation Intern
M.S. in Finance at Johns Hopkins University