About LotusFlare

Simplify Technology – Simplify Experience™

Heritage

LotusFlare was born out of a vision of its founders to make the mobile internet accessible and affordable to people in parts of the world who often did not have access. The idea that drove LotusFlare founders to set out from Facebook was to grow the uptake of mobile internet by average people by simplifying the technology that provided access.

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Purpose

LotusFlare’s purpose is to simplify technology and customer experience to help industries change for the better in the way they serve their customers. 

Chief Product Officer Terry Guo explains how LotusFlare looks to change industries.

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Bringing LotusFlare's mission to life

LotusFlare’s mission is to design, build and advance a digital commerce and monetization platform that simplifies technology and customer experience to deliver valuable business outcomes to enterprises.

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Behind the name: LotusFlare

The lotus is a striking and unique plant that bears beautiful flowers, standing out in contrast to the murky waters of ponds where it grows. A flare is similar but in a more dramatic fashion a swift and radiant burst of light that draws focus and brings clarity so objects can be seen. In merging these words to create our name, the idea was to become a company whose offerings shine out from the surrounding gloom, illuminating with brilliance and capturing attention for the outcomes they deliver. The key to creating such offerings is a commitment to LotusFlare’s core principle simplify technology, simplify experience.

LotusFlare scaling up

LotusFlare opened a new dedicated office in Belgrade as it continues to expand its team in Serbia and other locations across the globe.

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Through our people & values

The LotusFlare team consists of talented engineers and digital product leaders with proven experience in building SaaS components and scaling infrastructure at companies like Facebook, Twitter and Apple.

Launching Digital Brands

Through industry clouds​

LotusFlare derives industry clouds from the LotusFlare Digital Commerce Platform. The industry clouds are LotusFlare’s way of addressing the needs of enterprises in a specific industry and delivering specific and valuable outcomes. This aligns with LotusFlare’s purpose — to help industries change for the better in serving their customers.

LotusFlare DNOCloud powers a LotusFlare business called Nomad.  The vision of Nomad is to inspire people to travel and gain life-changing experiences all over the world by taking away a modern, decidedly digital worry the high cost of data roaming. Nomad uses the eSIM SaaS component of LotusFlare DNOCloud and has created a marketplace of partners to provide local data roaming plans for travelers. The Nomad app is available on Web, iOS and Android.

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LotusFlare leadership

Sam Gadodia

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Sam Gadodia

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.

Terry Guo

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder

Terry Guo

Terry was Principal Product Manager at Facebook for five years and led multiple important product initiatives. He also spent eight years at Microsoft in various engineering and product leadership roles. Terry earned his graduate degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo.

Shao Xia

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

Shao Xia

Prior to LotusFlare, Shao was on the engineering team in the Games Platform group at Facebook 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.

Eric Morhenn

Chief Commercial Officer

Eric Morhenn

Eric manages global business development, partnerships and marketing. Eric has almost 20 years of experience in global technology companies. Most recently he was leading Telly, a streaming video company, with Hollywood, Bollywood and Arabic content. Eric spent 14 years working for large telecom operators including Ooredoo Group and Sprint in roles spanning product development, device management, M&A and marketing.

Nick Thakkar

Senior VP, Ops and Delivery

Nick Thakkar

As head of operations for LotusFlare, Nick has 15 years experience in global operations management and strategic business development. Before LotusFlare, Nick held operational leadership positions at Avon, MDC Partners and GEP. Nick earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.

Kunal Gulati

Senior VP, Engineering

Kunal Gulati

Kunal is responsible for server engineering at LotusFlare. Earlier in his career he was an engineering lead at Ericsson working on telco cloud. Kunal also spent 12 years at Microsoft where he was a principal developer lead working on multiple important product initiatives including security and video.

Martin Rehwald

VP, Infrastructure Engineering

Martin Rehwald

Martin is responsible for infrastructure engineering at LotusFlare and is a founding member of the technical committee of the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP). Before joining LotusFlare Martin was at Facebook where he was the head of infrastructure strategy helping Facebook scale to billions of users globally. Earlier in his career Martin was an engineering executive at Vodafone and muTEL Germany.

Michael Hancock

General Counsel

Michael Hancock

Michael has extensive legal and business experience gained at Schlumberger (London and Singapore), Alcatel (Paris), Ooredoo (Doha), San Miguel (Manila), Loon (Google – Dubai), and at international law firms (Paris and Istanbul). Today Michael mainly advises on technology projects and on commercial and corporate matters.

Supratim Choudhury

VP Sales, EMEA

Supratim Choudhury

Supro runs business development for Europe, bringing extensive experience of partnering with telco and media businesses. He has worked across software, integration services and consulting, enabling Virgin Media, O2, Universal Music, Sony Playstation, BT Group, Inmarsat and Vodafone to digitally transform. Most recently, he led Netcracker’s portfolio in the UK.

Board Advisors

Chamath Palihapitiya

Chairman

Chamath Palihapitiya

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.

Roy Chestnutt

Board Advisor

Roy Chestnutt

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.

Niek Jan Van Damme

Board Advisor

Niek Jan Van Damme

Niek Jan has over 20 years experience in telecommunications. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Telstra and until recently was a member of the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management, where he was responsible for fixed line and mobile communications in Germany. Niek Jan has held leadership positions with other leading firms including Ben Nederland, later T-Mobile Netherlands, a challenger mobile brand, where he was the Chairman of the Managing Board.

Chris Weasler

Board Advisor

Chris Weasler

Chris is a global telecom and internet services expert. He plays an advisory role with VC funds, start-ups and consulting firms on strategy, partnerships, global policy and go-to-market plans. During a 10+ year career at Facebook, he started or led many of its connectivity-related programs across mobile partnerships, Internet.org, global spectrum and connectivity policy, and Meta Connectivity. He previously led teams at LightSquared, Sprint Nextel, OmniSky and Palm.

Memberships

LotusFlare is proud to be a member of the following industry associations.

TM Forum

Alliance of companies working to break down technology and cultural barriers between digital service providers, technology suppliers, consultancies and systems integrators.

GSMA

Global organization unifying the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver innovation foundational to positive business environments and societal change.

Camara Project

CAMARA is an open source project within Linux Foundation to define, develop and test telecom APIs.

Cable Labs

Association of member companies committed to invent new technologies that move the entire cable industry toward a brighter and more prosperous future.

Certifications, awards & recognition

SOC 2 Type I

LotusFlare completed a SOC 2 Type I audit, performed by an independent auditor. This attestation provides evidence that LotusFlare has a strong commitment to security and meets international standards for system controls.

SOC 2 Type II

LotusFlare has received independent, third-party validation that its control of the design and operating effectiveness its information security practices meet industry standards stipulated by the AICPA. 

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is a specification for an ISMS (Information Security Management System) standard. The compliance report verifies that LotusFlare has implemented adequate administrative, physical, and technical controls to address its security risks.

TM Forum ODA V2

LotusFlare has employed TM Forum’s Open Digital Architecture (ODA) to define the structure and building blocks of LotusFlare DNO Cloud. LotusFlare cements its commitment to delivering open and standards-based offerings for CSPs by the TM Forum’s Open API & Open Digital Architecture Manifesto.

TM Forum Open API V5

LotusFlare is currently one of three organizations that have achieved Open API certification on the latest V5 Open APIs. API Conformance certification for suppliers verifies the successful implementation of Open APIs in commercial products and real-world deployments, demonstrating to clients and partners the commitment to industry standards.

GSMA 100

GSMA 100 connects promising growth-stage companies and investors with mobile operators to drive innovation. The award was voted on by 40+ leading Telecom Operators and Investors, showcasing the world’s leading-edge companies building the next generation of connectivity and digital services.