Our story started when we noticed how much was missing from the keyless entry experience. What was out there didn't work well, didn't look good, and was overpriced. The moment we went all in, we knew we were onto something big.
Openpath was created by a team of serial entrepreneurs who were tired of forgetting their office keys at home, frustrated with having to carry multiple badges to get into their buildings, and seriously worried about the security of their workspace given the state of the world today.
We've worked extremely hard to build a company that can offer a new, seamless style of security that takes advantage of new technologies, and makes people feel safe at work. Access Control is the flagship product in our mission to improve the quality and safety of the modern workspace through automation.
Reduce friction in the built environment
For the organization that doesn’t want to compromise ease for security, Openpath is innovative, intelligent access control that automates your security infrastructure, so you can focus on managing your business.
With more than 20 years of experience creating and leading technology businesses, Alex is Openpath’s CEO. Prior to creating Openpath, Alex co-founded EdgeCast Networks, a global content delivery network that sold to Verizon for $400M. After the sale of EdgeCast, Alex spent two years shaping the strategy of Verizon Digital Media Services. Alex also co-founded KnowledgeBase and HostPro, which were both acquired. Alex has received several awards during his career, including E&Y's Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014. Alex is an active investor in several venture capital funds and has served on boards of universities and private and public companies. He graduated from Tufts University and lives in Santa Monica with his wife and children.
As the President of Openpath, James runs day-to-day operations across all business functions, corporate strategy, enterprise partnerships, and business development. A serial entrepreneur, James has built and sold three successful technology companies (EdgeCast Networks, KnowledgeBase and Virtualis) over the past 17 years. While at Edgecast, James helped to build the company’s global network to carry more than seven percent of global internet traffic. Prior to Edgecast, James built KnowledgeBase into a profitable, industry-leading company that was ranked by Forrester as the Industry Leader in eService. James received the E&Y's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the greater Los Angeles area, is an investor in and advisor to tech startups and VC/PE funds, and is active in various community and philanthropic organizations.
Rob leads technology development for the mobile, cloud, and on-premise stacks supporting Openpath’s products and services. Prior to Openpath, Rob was an early member of the technology team at EdgeCast Networks, where he led the development of a highly performant and scalable software architecture for the edge server network consisting of tens of thousands of servers delivering many terabits per second of end-user internet traffic. Later, he served as CTO for Verizon Digital Media Services after Verizon’s acquisition of EdgeCast. Rob's Ph.D. is in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech and he has post-doctoral experience at the University of Southern California; his research centered on building biologically-inspired computer vision algorithms that can be implemented efficiently and practically.
Samy is the Chief Security Officer and co-founder of Openpath, where he oversees the comprehensive security posture on all things hardware, software and corporate, while also leading the hardware and R&D teams. Prior to Openpath, Samy co-founded and was the director of engineering at Fonality, an enterprise business communications company that sold to NetFortris in 2017. Since creating the MySpace worm in 2005, Samy has become a highly regarded expert in the security sector. His open source software, hardware and research highlights the insecurities and privacy implications in everyday technologies, making him an important asset to the Openpath security team. His work has been cited by the NSA, triggered hearings on Capitol Hill, and has been the basis for security advancements across virtually all major web browsers, smartphones, and other technologies.
Phil heads up sales and support for Openpath. A proven technology entrepreneur, Phil has helped build three successful startups (EdgeCast Networks, KnowledgeBase and HostPro) before creating Openpath with his long-time business partners. Phil created the go-to-market formula for each of his previous companies and was also responsible for global sales. Previously, Phil was the CRO for EdgeCast and the Head of International Sales at Verizon Digital Media Services, which acquired EdgeCast in 2013. During his tenure at EdgeCast, Phil built the sales organization from the ground up, driving more than $100M in annual sales and opened EdgeCast’s first international office. Phil also successfully launched KnowledgeBase’s CRM solution in a highly competitive market and helped position the company for sale, after doing the same at HostPro.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Kieran comes to Openpath with three decades of successfully building best-in-class consumer experiences in mobile, digital and retail sectors. In his former role as Belkin International's Chief Marketing Officer, Kieran oversaw and helped grow the company from one to four industry leading brands: Belkin, Linksys, Wemo and Phyn, and their subsequent acquisition. Prior to Belkin, Kieran served as Vice President of marketing for RadioShack Corporation, where his leadership resulted in Gold awards for the Best Integrated Marketing campaign by the National Retail Federation and the Experiential Marketing Association. As former President of Grey Worldwide in San Francisco, Kieran led the rebirth of the San Francisco office, making it one of the top performing agencies in the Grey Global Group network. Recognized by Forbes as one of “The World’s Most Influential CMOs 2020” and with a “2018 SXSW Valiente CMO Award", Kieran graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland with a diploma in civil engineering and serves as a Technology Advisory Board Member of Enterprise Ireland.
Openpath is privately funded and has completed an initial founder's led round of financing with participation by some fantastic Venture Capital firms we are proud to have as partners. We subsequently raised our Series B led by Emergence Capital and Series C led by Greycroft with follow-on from all our prior venture investors. For any prospective investors interested in learning more please contact us via the contact form on the website.
Openpath has been hard at work building our technology in stealth for the past few years. Our founding team has a long history building innovative technology with more than 50 patents awarded between the founders. We have a number of patent applications on file and have been awarded the following patents already.