Bridgewest Group
Board of Directors

Hyperio Board of Directors

Dr. Masood Tayebi

Co-Founder, Board Member

Hyperio Board of Directors

Farzad Ghassemi

Operating Partner

Hyperio Board of Directors

Themos Pentakalos

Co-Founder and CEO

Hyperio Board of Directors

Saeed Khorami

Operating Partner

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Bill Strauss

Operating Partner

Hyperio Board of Directors

Dr. Masood Tayebi

Co-Founder, Board Member

Dr. Masood Tayebi is Co-Founder and Board Member of Hyperio.ai. With his expertise in international business strategy and global operations, Masood is instrumental in leading start-up firms in Biotech and Hitech through market development to outsized success.

Masood’s passion for developing sound strategy and agile operations fuels the success of portfolio companies. Prior to Bridgewest Group, Masood and his brother founded Wireless Facilities, Inc., which helped to enhance the lives of billions of people in over 60 countries through pioneering advancements in wireless connectivity infrastructure.

Masood is active in several philanthropic activities. Together with his wife Surinder, the couple founded the Lotus Children Foundation. Additionally, they support local first responders, education, housing, and service member families. Masood enjoys advising and teaching entrepreneurs through one-on-one sessions, as well as volunteering for speaking engagements at various conferences and events.

Masood and his brother received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Electronics Association High Technology Industry Recognition Award for Telecommunications, the Venture Capital Success Story Award by the San Diego Venture Group, and the Visionary of the Year Award by the Coastline Foundation.

 Masood earned his M.S. in Electronics Engineering and Ph.D. in mobile radio propagation while in the United Kingdom.

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Farzad Ghassemi

Operating Partner

Farzad Ghassemi has over 30 years of leadership experience with a proven track record encompassing pioneering roles in technology development and commercialization, operations, business development, and executive management. He has been instrumental in the formation and success of many startups, public companies, and high-profile entrepreneurial partnership with an in-depth knowledge and experience in key critical areas that determine and drive success in rapidly evolving business environments with focus on competitive landscape, technology, regulatory, business planning, capitalization, and execution.

Most recently, Farzad was the Founder and Executive Chairman of Global Technology Associates (GTA), a high-end technology consulting firm which was recently acquired by Kelly Services. Prior to founding GTA in 2006, he served as the President of Wireless Network Services at WFI, a global telecom outsourcing firm, where he was responsible for the company’s WNS Business Unit with annual revenue of $290 MM.

Farzad received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and an MBA in Management from Strayer University. He has served on the Board of several Human Rights Organizations around the world.

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Themos Pentakalos

Co-Founder and CEO

Themos Pentakalos is Co-Founder and CEO of Hyperio.ai. Themos co-founded Hyperio together with Bridgewest Group to address the rising desire for lead generation, across portfolio companies as well as for all other technology companies that are rapidly growing. In the last 8 years, Themos has held multiple C-Suite positions with B2B software companies. In that time, he has been directly involved in 15 M&A transactions and has helped multiple software companies achieve significant organic and acquisition-based growth through the implementation of best practices.

 Themos has worked in Technology for 30 years across several industries, including consumer electronics, financial services, healthcare, automotive, entertainment, and public utilities. He has held management positions in multiple Fortune 500 companies and has also served as a Board advisor for multiple software companies.

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Saeed Khorami

Operating Partner

Saeed Khorami serves as Operating Partner in multiple portfolio companies for the Bridgewest Group. He is responsible for driving the growth strategy in close collaboration with the management teams. Before re-joining Bridgewest Group, Saeed was the CEO of Skyriver Communications, a Bridgewest Group portfolio company, where he led the company’s growth strategy until its successful exit in 2018, through its innovative and pioneering ventures in 5G millimeter wave (mmW) broadband communications. Previously, Saeed was a member of the investment team in Bridgewest Group focusing on emerging wireless and semiconductor technologies. Prior, he was a leading member of the broadband wireless group at Wireless Facilities, Inc., a global leader in telecommunications services. Saeed has over 20 years of experience operating technology companies and has served on the Boards of multiple companies in various technology sectors including wireless communications, semiconductor and software. He holds Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.

 

 

Hyperio Board of Directors

Bill Strauss

Operating Partner

Bill Strauss has over 35 years of experience in starting, operating, and growing many successful private and public companies. As the Co-founder and CEO of ProFlowers.com/Provide Commerce (NASDAQ:PRVD), Bill’s vision revolutionized and helped reshape the future of the online flower industry. His leadership and business model greatly reduced and eliminated many typical costs factored into traditional retail business models, resulting in a much better quality product at a lower cost to consumers. Prior, Bill was a member of senior management at Intuit where he built the infrastructure that supported the growth from $50 million to $750 million in annual revenues in less than 5 years. Bill also served as the Vice President of Operations for Hanover Direct in the early 90’s, where thanks to his excellent leadership the company saw growth from $250 million to $1 billion in annual revenues in just over a three-year period. Bill served as a board member for ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) from 2011-2017 where he served as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He was also CEO for Shoedazzle.com. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Syracuse University.