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.

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.


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.


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).


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. 


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