In 2015, Hiya founder Alex Algard saw the increasing need for innovation in the voice channel and began building the first caller ID and spam blocking apps for mobile while at Whitepages.
In early 2016, Hiya spun out of Whitepages and brought its technology to market through Samsung Smart Call, the first-ever network-based spam solution with AT&T, and the Hiya consumer app.
Since its inception, Hiya has launched Hiya Connect and Hiya Protect, continues to power services for the world’s largest mobile providers, and has grown to serve more than 130 million businesses and customers worldwide.
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Our leadership team is made up of passionate leaders who have experience building successful companies and always put our people first.
As the cofounder of Nautilus Venture Partners, Brian brings more than 20 years of experience in venture capital investment and various corporate development roles to Hiya’s board. Prior to co-founding Nautilus, Brian was a managing director at Samsung Ventures, where he led the firm’s global investments in the mobile and consumer IT sector. In addition to his extensive VC network in the Silicon Valley, Brian has close relationships with key executives and technology leaders from Asian global corporations for proprietary investment validation and early access to market/technology innovation. He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.Read more
Sarah brings extensive experience leading high-growth teams and launching innovative initiatives. She is currently the President and Chief Marketing Officer at Salesforce. In her previous role as EVP and GM of Platform and AppExchange, Sarah led Salesforce’s developer initiatives with a focus on democratizing technology. She is passionate about empowering everyone to pursue successful careers in technology and bridging the skills and equality gaps by making technology accessible to all. Throughout her career, Sarah was often one of the only women on her team. Witnessing the incredible inequality of women and minorities in STEM careers firsthand inspired her to help spark the Trailblazer movement by launching Trailhead, Salesforce’s gamified online learning platform. With Trailhead, she has seen people transform their careers from hairdressers, salsa dance instructors, and factory workers to successful technologists. She is proud to work with the best and the brightest to change the face of the technology industry. Sarah’s career has spanned large enterprises to scrappy startups. She specializes in bringing emerging technologies and trends to market and has a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. She is proud to have worked at Salesforce for 10 years now. Sarah holds a dual degree in chemical engineering and biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.Read more
Mike brings twenty years of experience focused on mobile networks and technology to Hiya. Today, Mike serves as CEO of Xealth, a digital prescribing and analytics platform integrated into healthcare electronic medical records (EMRs). Prior to Xealth, he was CEO of Swype, an innovative touchscreen keyboard installed on over one billion smartphones and tablets, which he sold to Nuance in 2011. He also co-founded Zivo, the largest web development company in Australia and New Zealand, and was co-founder and head of product for Boost Mobile both in the US and Australia. He has also held several different product roles at Microsoft. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business from William & Mary college in Virginia.Read more
Lars brings strategic and operational know-how for mobile to Hiya. Lars joined Balderton Capital as a General Partner in 2015, after roles at three of Silicon Valley's best known tech companies – Uber, WhatsApp and Dropbox. At Uber Inc. in California, where he was Vice President Mobile, he fueled the company’s rapid growth through strategic alliances with global telcos, including Verizon and Carlos Slim's América Movil group. As Head of Mobile at Dropbox, where he was one of the firm's first 25 employees, his business development deals with Samsung and others helped the file-sharing company reach its first 100M users. At WhatsApp, Lars was advisor to the business team on non-organic growth and distribution, until the messaging app's acquisition by Facebook in 2014. Lars holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London.Read more