Streetline’s dynamic management team works together to bring valuable and innovative applications to cities and residents by combining expertise in urban transportation and planning, sensor networking technology, and information services.
Zia Yusuf, President & CEO
Zia is a seasoned senior technology executive with a track record of leading companies to success. He is currently CEO of Streetline Inc., the leading global provider of sensor-enabled Smart City solutions. Just prior to his role leading Streetline, Zia was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners. He spent the last ten years at SAP AG where he was executive vice president and a member of SAP’s Executive Leadership Team. At SAP, he led the company’s efforts in key areas, including co-founding SAPMarkets, a B2B marketplace company; founding and leading the SAP global corporate strategy team and its Design Services Team; and, most recently, as head of the global ecosystem and partner group, where he managed a network of 7,500 partners, award winning SAP online communities of innovation and the $125 mm SAP Netweaver Fund. Prior to SAP, Zia was part of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked on corporate finance and M&A transactions. Previously, he worked on health sector issues in Southern Africa, as well as project and structured finance in South Asia and Indochina, at the World Bank Group.
Zia has a MS in International Affairs from Georgetown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA from Macalester College. He is also an associate consulting professor at Stanford University, where he taught “Experiences in Software Design” with Terry Winnograd and Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and is currently co-teaching “Designing Liberation Technologies” with Profs. Terry Winnograd & Joshua Cohen. Zia is also an advisor to several start-ups and is an actively involved board member of non-profit institutions focused on education in South Asia and social entrepreneurship in East Africa. He has also been profiled extensively in leading business and technology publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, FastCompany, CNNMoney, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, etc. and featured in national television and radio stations such as CNN, MSNBC, KLIV Radio, and CNBC.
Manny Krakaris, COO and Co-Head, IoT Systems Group
Manny is an accomplished executive leader who brings deep expertise in finance, operations and business strategy. He has held executive positions, or served as a strategic advisor, at a variety of private and publicly-traded technology companies including Command Audio, Dexterra, Echopass, Everdream, Luxtera, Silicon Optix and Southwall. His industry experience spans various fields ranging from semi conductors to mobile telephony software and renewable energy. He has worked extensively with many top-tier Venture Capital firms including Canaan Partners, Polaris Ventures, NEA, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Interwest Partners, JP Morgan Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and August Capital, among others. Prior to his work with technology companies, Manny was Group Vice President of BNP Paribas’ Leveraged Finance Group focusing on M&A and structured finance transactions. Manny was also co-founder of China Solar Power, China’s first thin film photovoltaic solar module manufacturer. Manny holds a Bachelors of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mark Noworolski, CTO and Co-Head, IoT Systems Group
Mark has been working with low-power sensing technology for over fifteen years, and he co-founded Streetline to leverage low-power sensor design, mesh networking, and web technology to deliver valuable applications to cities. He is the chief architect of Streetline’s patent-pending vehicle sensing technology. Prior to Streetline, he was founder and CEO of muNetix, where he commercialized and licensed high efficiency power supply designs for the consumer market. He has received numerous awards for design and innovation, holds four patents, and is the author of many technical publications. Mark earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a BSEE from the University of Toronto.
Kelly Schwager, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer
Kelly joins Streetline from SAP AG, where she was a member of the company’s senior leadership team and served as Vice President, Global Communications. In this role, Kelly held global responsibility for all product and solutions-related communications and served as a trusted advisor to the Board and senior executive team. With more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Kelly has held various marketing and communications leadership roles with global companies including Symantec, VERITAS, and USWeb/CKS. Kelly also brings deep agency experience from Cunningham Communication and Think*Aloud, Inc. where she served clients including @Home, CenterBeam, Cisco, and Satmetrix. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in public relations from Pepperdine University and a Master’s in communication management from University of Southern California.
Kurt Buecheler, SVP, Business Development
Prior to joining Streetline, Kurt has been an agent of change via technology for 30 years including nine startup companies and leadership roles at blue chip companies including Microsoft, IBM, and Xerox. He was a member of the launch team for the IBM PC, and also helped usher in technology revolutions in eCommerce, digital media, computer virtualization, and green lighting. Kurt’s passion and specialty is bringing together large and diverse ecosystems of companies for mutual benefit. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.
Vito Salvaggio, SVP and Co-Head, Product Group
Vito brings over 20 years experience to Streetline running product and marketing teams in both startup environments and industry giants. Most recently, he was VP of Product Management at HP’s Personal Systems Group where he led a variety of mobile, web, and PC software initiatives. Prior to HP, Vito was VP of Product Management at Sonic Solutions/Roxio where he was responsible for Roxio’s full line of consumer digital media products. Vito has also held various positions at startups including VP of Marketing at Unimobile, where he worked on mobile messaging solutions for operators and enterprises, and VP of Marketing at Accrue Software, a pioneer in the web analytics space. Previously, he held various roles at Apple, with his last position as Director of Product Marketing for all Mac OS releases, and he began his career as an engineer designing computer graphics cards at Matrox. Vito holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, and a graduate business degree at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Peter Leiser, SVP and Co-Head, Product Group
Peter has been working with innovative technologies for over fifteen years, and has managed software teams for over ten years. He has worked on, and with, most varieties of software, from open source to Enterprise, middleware to mobile and web. Peter was one of the first members of the Streetline team and helped Streetline define the smart parking ecosystem, of which it has become a leader. He has made fundamental contributions to the Streetline software architecture and directs the Streetline software development effort. Prior to Streetline he has started his own ventures, and worked in various development roles at organizations both small and large, corporate and academic. He was a member of the SETI@home project, which pioneered the large-scale use of distributed computing. With over 5 million users, SETI@home was the largest distributed computing project in history and broke records for computation. He was also a software architect and manager at Epicentric, an early innovator in Enterprise Portal Software, for which he was awarded a key patent related to portal technology. He also founded a non-partisan, first of its kind platform to enable virtual political action committees to aggregate small political contributions into consolidated messages to politicians and candidates. Peter earned a degree from the Physics department at UC Berkeley, as well as a minor in Computer Science.
Asdrúbal Pichardo, Managing Director, International
Asdrúbal is a senior technology executive with a broad and unique combination of experience in growing services and products, business units, markets, and revenues. Before joining Streetline, he spent more than 10 years at SAP AG, where he held several global leadership positions. His latest position at SAP was SVP of the Global Ecosystem and Partner Group where he was responsible for Partner Operations & Services, including solution certifications, strategy, operations, business development, software license sales, and services delivery to more than 3500 partners and technology innovation projects in the Innovation Lab. In addition to management and executive training at MIT and INSEAD, Asdrúbal holds a Systems Engineering & Computer Science degree and a M.Sc. degree in Advanced Computing from King’s College London.