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.

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 telco brands

Through Industry Clouds​

LotusFlare derives industry clouds from the LotusFlare Digital Commerce Platform and offers them to enterprises as fully-managed cloud services. 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, namely, to help industries change for the better in serving their customers.

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.

Nick Thakkar

SVP, 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.

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.

Kunal Gulati

VP, Server 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.

Larry Witty

VP Sales, Americas and Asia

Larry Witty

Larry has over 25 years of experience driving major telecommunications transformation projects. He began his career with EDS where he led the customer care and billing launch for Optus and several GSM startups in southeast Asia. Upon returning to the United States, Larry helped to start Covestic which served T-Mobile, AT&T, Yahoo! and Apple. He ran North American sales for Tribold, subsequently acquired by Sigma Systems then Hansen Technologies.

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.

Kari Miettinen

Senior Director of Sales, EMEA

Kari Miettinen

Kari comes with over 20 years of experience from independent software vendors in the telecom industry. Before the move to telecom he worked in ABB with project management, business process reengineering and ERP. He has extensive experience from the BSS/OSS markets globally, especially from EMEA and APAC. He has worked in various sales and general management positions in Comptel Corporation, Digital Route, Accanto Systems, Sigma Systems and Hansen Technologies.

Board and 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.

Digital Inclusion

The original vision of LotusFlare when it was started in 2014 was to make the mobile internet as accessible and affordable as possible to people who otherwise could not get access. As LotusFlare has grown and its mission has moved to the design, development and advancement of a cloud digital commerce and monetization platform, its original vision lives on LotusFlare’s support of the cause of digital inclusion in the markets where it serves customers.

Memberships

LotusFlare is proud to be members of the following industry associations.

TMForum

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.

Cable Labs

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

Competitive Carriers Association

Association for competitive wireless providers serving all areas of the United States.

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lights

LotusFlare gets special recognition as a leader in eSIM technologies – superseding physical SIMs – and putting service providers in position to differentiate in hotly competitive markets.

GSMA 100

The award was voted on by 40+ leading Telecom Operators and Investors, showcasing the world’s most promising companies building the next generation of connectivity and digital services.

OMDIA

LotusFlare Convergent Charging System is portrayed as a “new challenger” on the market with a vibrant product strategy and an innovative “from experience down” approach where the primary focus is understanding the needs of its customers.