Mahesh Lingareddy co-founded Soft Machines and serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lingareddy has led the Company’s growth from a two-person start-up into an international business organization, raising more than $100 million from a diverse group of global investors in a challenging economic climate and building a team of 250 employees with development operations in the U.S., India and Russia. Prior to founding Soft Machines, Mr. Lingareddy worked from January 2000 to March 2006 at Intel Corporation, where he held a series of engineering and management positions, most recently as a Design Manager in Intel’s Microprocessor Product Group. Before that, Mr. Lingareddy worked as a design engineer and learned the nuances of building a semiconductor startup company at Rise Technology, Inc., from September 1998 until the acquisition of the Rise Technology assets by Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. in December 1999. Mr. Lingareddy holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Andhra University in Kakinada, India, and an M.S.E.E. from the University of Toledo, and he has attended a working professional M.B.A. program at the University of California at Davis.