AutoGrid Leadership Team

Board Of Directors

Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary pro...

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Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets. Prior to founding AutoGrid, Amit was the Vice President of Products at the publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma’s flagship product in the design implementation area.

Over one third of all semiconductor chips used in consumer electronic devices — such as smart phones, blue-ray players and video games — were designed using products developed by Amit’s team at Magma. Prior to joining Magma, Amit founded Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA), a venture-backed company in analog and radio-frequency semiconductor design software and served as its founding CEO and later Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all research and product development activities, as well as customer engagements. Under Amit’s leadership, BDA saw its products adopted by over 100 semiconductor companies in the world (including 20 out of the top 25). For his work at BDA, Amit received the EDN’s “Innovation for the Year” award in 2006. Amit received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 25 papers about design automation, holds seven U.S. patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the Bay Area.

Dave Garcia

VP of Worldwide Sales & Field Operations

Dave has a proven track record of building high-performing sales teams and fostering strong customer relationships for startup organizations and large companies. He brings over 17 years of sales and...

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Dave Garcia

VP of Worldwide Sales & Field Operations

Dave has a proven track record of building high-performing sales teams and fostering strong customer relationships for startup organizations and large companies. He brings over 17 years of sales and sales leadership experience to the role. He comes to AutoGrid from SAP, where he managed the eastern region for mission-critical applications and professional services. Prior to SAP, Dave held sales leadership positions for three startup companies, where he was successful in direct revenue generation and implementing strategies for organizational scale. All three resulted in positive outcomes: OnDemand Software was acquired by Oracle; Softscape was acquired by SumTotal Systems; and Datango was acquired by SAP. He has also been highly successful as a direct contributor on the sales front for multiple organizations, including Oracle and an earlier tour with SAP, as well as the medical device industry for Baxter International. Dave started his career in global finance with Baxter and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado. Dave has a passion for running; he has completed six marathons (and counting).

Rajeev Singh

VP of Engineering & Chief Software Architect

Rajeev has extensive experience building large-scale, complex software systems. Prior to AutoGrid, Rajeev was at iMANY Inc., a leader in the enterprise contract management software space, conceptual...

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Rajeev Singh

VP of Engineering & Chief Software Architect

Rajeev has extensive experience building large-scale, complex software systems. Prior to AutoGrid, Rajeev was at iMANY Inc., a leader in the enterprise contract management software space, conceptualizing and building iMANY’s “next-gen” application platform in a Skunkworks-like environment (starting literally in a garage off Woodside Road in Redwood City, California). Over the years, Rajeev helped set up iMANY’s Silicon Valley presence, which resulted in the eventual relocation of iMANY’s global R&D headquarters to Silicon Valley. Companies like GE Aviation, Honeywell, TIBCO, Kodak, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Genentech now run iMANY’s enterprise applications on the “next-gen” platform. Rajeev also introduced iMANY to cloud computing, “Big Data” processing using Hadoop, Ruby-on-Rails and conceptualized and led the company’s SaaS architecture. Prior to iMANY, Rajeev built decision-support and price- and revenue-optimization enterprise systems at Decision Focus (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics). The systems Rajeev built were used by such companies as Ford Motor Co., Continental and Northwest airlines. One of these — a marketing incentive optimization system — was chronicled in Forbes and Business Week magazines. Rajeev has an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

Jeffrey Norman

VP of Industry Solutions

Jeffrey has a proven track record delivering solutions to the energy sector, and has been actively involved in a variety of grid modernization initiatives since 2000. He has worked with several lead...

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Jeffrey Norman

VP of Industry Solutions

Jeffrey has a proven track record delivering solutions to the energy sector, and has been actively involved in a variety of grid modernization initiatives since 2000. He has worked with several leading utilities as they have evaluated the role emerging technologies could play in their various smart grid initiatives as they strive to enhance reliability, empower customers and enable renewables in a safe and secure manner. He also has over 25 years of telecommunications and technology development experience. Prior to AutoGrid, Jeffrey was Vice President, Emerging Technologies with Leidos’ Engineering’s Energy Consulting practice where he helped develop the emerging technologies framework for incorporating communications platforms and technologies that enhance reliability, empower customers and enable renewables. Previously, he was engagement lead with Capgemini’s Smart Energy Services practice which provided both technical and program resources to identify, test and evaluate various smart grid technologies. Jeffrey has also served as Vice President of Business Development for Current Communications Group, a broadband-over-power lines technology developer and service provider, and was a founding employee at Main.net PLC, a provider of power line communications solutions. He has also held senior sales management positions with regional and national telecommunications organizations including: Business Telecom, Teleglobe and World Access. Jeffrey has served two terms as Technology Co-Chair for the United Power Line Council (UPLC).

Abhishek Bahl

General Manager, Europe

Before Autogrid, Abhishek worked with the European utility Eneco, where he was responsible for smart grid strategic planning and corporate development. He evaluated investments, in both emerging ren...

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Abhishek Bahl

General Manager, Europe

Before Autogrid, Abhishek worked with the European utility Eneco, where he was responsible for smart grid strategic planning and corporate development. He evaluated investments, in both emerging renewable and smart grid technologies and data management infrastructure, and also created business plans for electric vehicle charging infrastructure rollout and sourcing peaking power. Abhishek’s earlier experience was in the semiconductor design automation industry in India and the U.S. He was the Head of India Operations for Berkeley Design Automation, where he set up the initial India operations and built a world-class research and development organization. Before moving to India, he was with Berkeley Design Automation in the Silicon Valley and led product development for breakthrough electronic design automation software. Abhishek started his career at National Semiconductor, leading teams in developing advanced electronic design automation software. Abhishek has an MBA from INSEAD, France, where he studied Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance. He also holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India.

Raj Pai

VP of Strategic Initiatives

Raj Pai is a seasoned product executive with deep big data, analytics, and machine learning expertise. Raj’s track record includes building products at big data market leader, Aster Data (Teradata...

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Raj Pai

VP of Strategic Initiatives

Raj Pai is a seasoned product executive with deep big data, analytics, and machine learning expertise. Raj’s track record includes building products at big data market leader, Aster Data (Teradata). Aster’s data science solutions included graph analytics, revenue analytics, failure prediction, influencer analysis at LinkedIn, State Farm, NCR, comScore, Intuit, and MySpace. Previously, Raj led the Global Product Management team at Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA) where he grew product revenues to USD 400 million+ for data integration and cloud solutions for Fortune 1000 customers. Raj began his career as a design software engineer at Intel building Intel’s Pentium product lines. Raj has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Hawaii and a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Raj is also actively involved as an angel investor and advisor for startups and non-profits in Silicon Valley.

Quique Schwarz

Chief Data Scientist

Quique is responsible for developing forecasting, optimization, and customer segmentation capabilities in the AutoGrid platform. He brings more than 20 years experience designing and delivering deci...

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Quique Schwarz

Chief Data Scientist

Quique is responsible for developing forecasting, optimization, and customer segmentation capabilities in the AutoGrid platform. He brings more than 20 years experience designing and delivering decision support solutions in a variety of verticals, including digital advertising, air cargo, long-haul trucking, ride sharing, and retail pricing/promotions. He has pioneered the application of revenue management and demand-side optimization in a number of these industries. Prior to AutoGrid, Quique developed forecasting and optimization capabilities at Uber and Brand.net, a leading ad network specializing in brand advertising. Before that he consulted for Polar Air Cargo and Schneider National, where he delivered novel demand-side forecasting and price optimization capabilities. He previously worked for a leading boutique solutions firm specializing in revenue management, Decision Focus (renamed Talus and later acquired by Manugistics), where he designed the analytics behind the first successful revenue management system in the air cargo industry for Continental Airlines, as well as a promotions optimization system for Ford Motor Company. Quique has an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Operations Research and Statistics, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Ahn

Envision Ventures

Dan Ahn is the Managing Partner at Envision Ventures. He formed Envision Ventures to help entrepreneurs succeed in changing the world. His current areas of interest are software for IoT, Big Data, a...

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Dan Ahn

Dan Ahn is the Managing Partner at Envision Ventures. He formed Envision Ventures to help entrepreneurs succeed in changing the world. His current areas of interest are software for IoT, Big Data, and Security. Prior to Envision, he was a Managing Director at Voyager Capital, where he led the firm’s Silicon Valley investment activity, and investments in various SaaS, Big Data and Security companies. Prior to Voyager, Dan was a Managing Director at Woodside Fund, where invested in or was the founding VC in numerous successful companies, all in the IT space. Prior to Woodside, Dan was an entrepreneur, having co-founded and been the President of EndPoint Technologies, which was later successfully acquired by Applied Materials. Dan has an AB from Harvard College and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michael Donnelly

Energy Impact Partners

Michael Donnelly serves as a Partner and Chief Risk Officer at Energy Impact Partners (EIP). Prior to EIP, he had a 25-year career at General Electric focused on energy in various management functio...

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Michael Donnelly

Michael Donnelly serves as a Partner and Chief Risk Officer at Energy Impact Partners (EIP). Prior to EIP, he had a 25-year career at General Electric focused on energy in various management functions, most recently as Head of Business Development for GE Energy Management-Industrial Solutions. Michael holds a B.S. from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.

James Huff

ClearSky

James Huff is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ClearSky Power & Technology Fund I LLC. He is also Managing Director of Emerging Technologies of a Fortune 200 energy company, and has 15 years ...

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James Huff

James Huff is Co-Founder and Managing Director of ClearSky Power & Technology Fund I LLC. He is also Managing Director of Emerging Technologies of a Fortune 200 energy company, and has 15 years of financial experience including structuring, due diligence and execution of debt and equity transactions in the power & technology space. James holds a BS in Business Administration – Finance from University of Florida and an M.S. in Quantitative Finance from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Amit Narayan

AutoGrid

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary pro...

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Amit Narayan

Chief Executive Officer

Amit is the Founder and CEO of AutoGrid, Inc. From 2010 to 2012, he was the Director of Smart Grid Research in Modeling & Simulation at Stanford University, where he led an interdisciplinary project related to modeling, optimization and control of the electricity grid and associated electricity markets. Prior to founding AutoGrid, Amit was the Vice President of Products at the publicly traded company Magma Design Automation, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAVA), where he led the product development and product management teams responsible for Magma’s flagship product in the design implementation area.

Over one third of all semiconductor chips used in consumer electronic devices — such as smart phones, blue-ray players and video games — were designed using products developed by Amit’s team at Magma. Prior to joining Magma, Amit founded Berkeley Design Automation, Inc. (BDA), a venture-backed company in analog and radio-frequency semiconductor design software and served as its founding CEO and later Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all research and product development activities, as well as customer engagements. Under Amit’s leadership, BDA saw its products adopted by over 100 semiconductor companies in the world (including 20 out of the top 25). For his work at BDA, Amit received the EDN’s “Innovation for the Year” award in 2006. Amit received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. He has published over 25 papers about design automation, holds seven U.S. patents and is an active advisor to several startup companies in the Bay Area.

Philipp Ulbrich

E.ON

Philipp Ulbrich conducts as Vice President E.ON´s Scouting and Co-Investment in the CMO/Center of Competence Innovation since June 1, 2016. He holds a doctorate in Economics and is working since 20...

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Philipp Ulbrich

Philipp Ulbrich conducts as Vice President E.ON´s Scouting and Co-Investment in the CMO/Center of Competence Innovation since June 1, 2016. He holds a doctorate in Economics and is working since 2006 within the E.ON group. He has been responsible for diverse tasks in the financing and controlling area within different units in and outside of Germany (e.g. France). In his last position he was the project lead of the group-wide initiative “Working Capital Excellence”. Within Co-Investments of one of the largest utilities in Europe he sets the focus on commercial collaboration between the companies invested in and E.ON´s activities in the areas of Customer Solutions (Sales), Energy Networks (Power and Gas) and Renewables (mainly Wind and Solar).

Steve Vassallo

Foundation Capital

Steve Vassallo is a General Partner at Foundation Capital. Before joining Foundation Capital in 2007, Steve helped launch Ning, a consumer Internet service where anyone can create their own social n...

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Steve Vassallo

Steve Vassallo is a General Partner at Foundation Capital. Before joining Foundation Capital in 2007, Steve helped launch Ning, a consumer Internet service where anyone can create their own social network. Prior to Ning, Steve was Director of Engineering at Immersion [IMMR] and a project leader and design engineer at IDEO. Steve earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.