LotusFlare was founded in 2014
by former executives from
We are a passionate team of ex-Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Ericsson engineering and product leaders with proven experience in building large software products and scaling infrastructure to millions of users.
We are backed by marquee investors including Social Capital, Google Ventures, Macquarie Capital, Silicon Valley Angels who share our vision in re-shaping the telecommunications industry.
We are backed by
Our headquarters and technology development center are in Silicon Valley, and we have operations across Asia, Canada, Europe and Latin America.
Co-founder and CEO
Sam was previously a member of the Growth team at Facebook and responsible for growing the user base both in developed and developing markets. Before Facebook, he was COO at Telesign Corp, where he led international expansion. Sam earned his MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction and has multiple engineering degrees.
Co-founder and VP of Product
Terry was Principal Product Manager at Facebook for five years and led multiple important product initiatives. He also spent eight years at Microsoft at various engineering and product leadership roles. Terry earned his graduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree form the University of Waterloo.
Co-founder and VP of Engineering
Prior to LotusFlare, Shao was on the engineering team in the Games Platform group at Facebook for two years and helped drive the growth of gaming on the platform. Before Facebook, Shao spent ten years at Microsoft working in the Xbox product group. Shao earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Chamath Palihapitiya is the Founder and Managing Partner at SocialCapital, a Palo Alto-based venture capital fund which invests in breakthrough companies in healthcare, education, financial services, mobile and enterprise software. Preceding his focus as an investor, Chamath was the first VP of Growth at Facebook.
Member of the Board
Between 2013 and 2017, Roy Chestnutt was Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Verizon Communications, the largest carrier in the US. He also served as Chairman of the Chief Strategy Officer Group of the GSMA, and held executive roles at Motorola Networks, Sprint-Nextel, Grande Communications and Rio Holdings. Roy is a board member of Telstra and Saudi Telecommunications Company.