Fracta Inc., formerly HiBot USA, a subsidiary of Hibot KK a Japanese robotics company, was incorporated in 2015. HiBot USA explored the use of robotic pipe condition assessment technologies combined with artificial intelligence. Since May 2017, Fracta Inc. has been an independent company focusing on machine learning driven condition assessment.
The Fracta team is multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary, with backgrounds ranging in finance, math, physics, mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning, hardware, supercomputing, data science and water data/geographical information systems.
Fracta’s mission is to use the computational power of machine learning to provide the most accurate predictions available to guide smart pipe replacement programs.
Takashi Kato is the Co-founder, President and CEO of Fracta, Inc.
Previously, Takashi was the co-founder & CFO of SCHAFT Inc., the humanoid robotics venture which was awarded first prize at the 2013 U.S. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Robotics Challenge Trials. SCHAFT was acquired by Google in the same year.
Takashi was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s US-Asia Technology Management Center. Takashi has been published in the various articles including Bloomberg, The Economist and The Financial Times. Takashi holds a B.Eng. degree in applied physics from Waseda University and a MBA from the Australian National University.
Lars Stenstedt is Co-founder and COO of Fracta, Inc.
Lars brings over 25 years of sales, business development and engineering experience, with a focus on big data and cloud computing environments. Prior to Fracta, Lars was the head of sales for Adaptive Computing and held similar roles with Aircom, Bytemobile and Openwave.
Lars holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Daichi Yoshikawa is CTO of Fracta, Inc.
Daichi is responsible for the development of Fracta’s condition assessment machine learning algorithm and geo-processing software used to predict future water pipe breaks.
Previously, Daichi was a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence lab where he studied machine learning and robot intelligence.
Daichi graduated at the top of his class from the Tokyo Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Control and Systems Engineering and an MS degree in Mechano-Micro Engineering (the interdisciplinary study of mechanical, electrical, control engineering and computer science).
Doug is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fracta, Inc.
Doug is responsible for delivering revenue and market share for Fracta. He is also responsible for the marketing strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and brand recognition of Fracta.
Doug brings 31 years of experience as a sales and marketing leader, management consultant, environmental regulatory specialist, and civil/environmental engineer. He is a published industry expert and featured speaker on the Environment, Sustainability, Compliance and Risk.
Doug earned a BS in Environmental Science and an MBA from Rutgers University. He earned an MS in Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Matti Kakkori is the Vice President of Product at Fracta, Inc.
Matti is responsible for Fracta product design and development, making sure that the complex computational approach of Machine Learning is offered as a simple software product that meets the customers’ needs.
Matti brings years of product development and management experience, from his various product management and strategy roles at Nokia Inc. and running his own product management practice, Galaxy & Sons Inc.
Matti holds a M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Julio Buendia is a Data Scientist at Fracta Inc.
Using a wide variety of tools, Julio helps customers glean insights into their data to ensure better decision making and efficiency for pipe replacement planning, as well as helping customers understand the assets they have.
Julio brings quantitative knowledge and qualitative know-how from years of experience. Previously, Julio was co-founder at Hangster Inc., where he developed the user experience and interface. Julio holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, as well as the rank of Eagle Scout.
Irene Onyeneho is a Machine Learning Engineer at Fracta Inc.
Irene Onyeneho received her PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine where she studied the biochemical and molecular aspects of genes involved in cellular architecture.
Prior to this, Irene received her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College studying Artificial Intelligence with a Minor in Neuroscience.
At Fracta, Irene is leveraging her technical, data, and analytical background to drive many of the front and back end machine learning, data engineering, and data infrastructure related implementations.
Dave Grannan is an outside Director at Fracta Inc.
Dave is the CEO and co-founder of Light, a camera company making beautiful photography more accessible than ever before. Prior to co-founding Light, Dave built and led businesses that have pioneered cutting-edge technology and transformed the mobile and consumer markets. Dave was previously CEO of Vlingo, the first natural language speech recognition service for mobile phones. Vlingo provided speech recognition for the first Siri app and built Samsung’s S-Voice product— the company was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2012.
Before working at Vlingo, Dave held a general manager position at Nokia, where he was responsible for leading the company’s entry into various mobile app markets. Previously, Dave was also a consultant at Accenture, a general manager at Sprint PCS and the president and CEO of Geoworks, an early pioneer in the smartphone and wireless software space.
Dave began his career in the US Marine Corps where he led a unit in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jordan Breslow is the General Counsel at Fracta Inc.
Jordan Breslow is an effective and creative lawyer, collaborator and deal-maker, with over 35 years of experience guiding companies through complex, fast-moving environments.
Jordan most recently served as General Counsel of Etsy, where he helped the company go public. Etsy is an online marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Before joining Etsy, he was General Counsel of New Island Capital Management, an impact investment advisor. Prior to joining New Island, Jordan served as Vice President and General Counsel of Silver Spring Networks, promoting the “smart grid” as a tool for reducing global energy consumption. As Vice President and General Counsel of Opsware, a developer of data center automation software, Jordan guided the company from its launch (as Loudcloud), through its IPO, to the sale of the company to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. Before joining Loudcloud, Jordan was Vice President and General Counsel of Geoworks, a publicly traded software company, where he also served as Managing Director of European Operations.
Jordan has taught the Law of Social Enterprise at Berkeley Law School and NYU School of Law. He also taught Business Law at San Francisco State University undergraduate and graduate business programs. Jordan is a certified mediator.
Jordan graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University and earned his law degree at University of California Hastings College of Law.
Paul Gagliardo is an outside Advisor at Fracta Inc.
Paul is a strategic-thinking technical leader with diversified experience in public and private utilities, government, public works, engineering consulting, technology start-ups, innovation validation and business development. He has over 35 years of experience in developing, validating and deploying new water related technologies.
Most recently Paul was the Innovation Director at American Water leading the Innovation Development Process, which tested and developed new technologies and processes for use in the company and the broader water industry.
Prior to American Water Paul was with Natawa Corporation, a start-up company focused on zero-discharge land development projects within a public-private partnership framework, where he served as Vice President.
Before that he was a Senior Program Director for Earth Tech, Inc. leading a team of engineers and scientists focusing on groundwater contamination and treatment. During his 20 year career at the City of San Diego Paul created the Aqua2000 Research Centre to test new treatment technologies and obtain regulatory acceptance for use.
Paul holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, and a MS degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. He is also a Registered Engineer in the state of California.
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