Our core team is comprised of technical and business experts. Our team is extremely experienced – this is not an experiment, and not our first startup. We have been in the trenches of evangelizing new products and ideas and growing them to scale.

John Matthesen

CEOJohn was on the team of two startup-to-IPO companies (Sybase and Commerce One). He has extensive operations, engineering and sales experience throughout the US, Europe and Asia and has served as CIO, VP of Asia Sales, and various roles in marketing and Engineering, and was architect of one of the first B2B e-marketplaces. Always on the forefront of technology, he has been COO at an internet advertising company, CEO at a software anti-piracy company, COO at a biotech software company, each with innovative new products. In addition to operations, he has been an active angel investor as well as a venture partner at a SF/China VC (WI Harper). He is an advisor and board member of numerous companies, including fintech, ag-tech and various socially-responsible entities.

Phil Smith

President and CTO – Phil is a network security expert and former senior product developer and principle forensic engineer with Cranite Systems, Inc., where he helped develop WirelessWall ($50M in VC funding).  He has also held senior technical and managerial roles at HP, Cisco, NASA, Lawrence Livermore National Lab.  He is the innovator, architect and developer of several implementations of WirelessWall, including mobile devices, cryptographic libraries and identity management components. Phil continues as a consultant to retain the FIPS certifications and work with key WirelessWall customers at the Department of Energy, various municipalities and technology partners.

Larry Karisny

CBDO – An expert in Smart Grid and public safety and founder/director of ProjectSafety, a non-profit organization. Larry brings 20 years experience in a variety of local wireline and wireless network topologies including power grid private networks and NOC operations. He is the Director of Project Safety.org. which focuses on end to end security platforms for both local public and private shared networks. As an independent consultant he supports security platforms for wireless broadband, smart grid, utility, transportation, public safety and critical infrastructure networks. He is a contributing writer for Government Technology Magazine and MuniWireless also participating in a variety of speaking engagements focusing on smart grid security.

Evgeniy Kalashnikov

Network Architect

Expertise in multi-platform network configuration, protocol stacks and VPN products and systems architecture.

Chris Rhodes

Director Of Engineering

Principal Software Engineer with over 30 years of experience in systems level software, device drivers, operating systems (desktop & embedded), storage, high performance I/O and distributed systems.

Steven A. Wright

Application Engineer

Senior Software Engineer with decades experience in Windows and applications development. Formerly with Ask.com.

Khalid Usman

AI and Machine Learning Expert

PhD candidate. Android and iOS / iPhone application developer. Expertise in A.I. and Machine Learning. Published research on medical image analysis.


Taher Elgamal

Dr. Elgamal is recognized as the inventor of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a protocol developed by Netscape for transmitting private documents via the Internet. Elgamal also wrote the SSL patent and promoted SSL as the Internet Security standard within standard committees and the industry. See also Elgamal Encryption for more information about his work.

Manoj Bhatia

Worldwide Sales and Business Development Leader Cisco Systems. Former Director Smart Grid Strategic Alliances, GE Digital Energy. 

Tony Flick

Principle at FYRM Associates. Specializes inApplication Security, Application Architecture, Network Security, Wireless Security, Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Social Engineering, Physical Security, Secure Systems.

John Vigouroux

Former CEO of Cranite Systems and CEO of M86 Security, (recently acquired by Trustwave) joined as an advisor.  John has been an extremely successful entrepreneur at raising capital, not only for the IP we are using when at Cranite, but he has raised over $60M in capital for his last 3 companies. John is helping with our strategy and investor pitch.

Bill Melendez

Founder and CEO of HEMS Technology, industrial and consumer electronics smart home devices. Expert in sales and sales process.

Guru Yeleswarapu

Gurumurthy Yeleswarapu has over 20 years of experience in Networking, Security and Mobile technologies. Founded numerous companies, including Efftronics Inc., (Which was sold in 1999) and e-Colt systems Inc., holding various executive and C-level roles. On Cranite SafeConnect development team.