Charles Michael Yim is a 3x serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, that is passionate about inventing and building innovative products that consistently delight customers. He is a young veteran in the startup world with a proven track record of success. Charles is best known for being a Reality TV Star on ABC's Emmy Award winning show Shark Tank where he convinced all 5 celebrity Sharks to invest $1M together into Breathometer. Being the Founder and CEO of Breathometer, Charles is responsible for overall direction and product strategy. Most recently, Charles was Founder and CEO of Chatterfly from inception, to acquisition by Plum District, a Kleiner Perkins company. Under Charles' leadership and vision, Chatterfly was able to become one of the most influential neighborhood reward platforms in the mobile space starting from the ground floor. Prior to Chatterfly, Charles was the Founder of ProBuddy, where he teamed up with a senior engineer at Facebook to develop a local service provider recommendation engine. Prior to that, Charles played an integral role in business development at Fortify Software, later acquired by HP.
Before entering the software industry, Charles was heavily involved in a leadership role at Cintas Corporation as a Regional Six Sigma, where he was responsible for stream-lining business processes, business analytics, M&A and QA for the entire West Coast Operation within the Emerging Businesses Sector.
Charles has appeared on ABC's hit show Shark Tank and has been interviewed by TechCrunch Live, BBC, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Wall Street Journal and prolific blogger Robert Scoble. Charles was nominated for Forbes' top 30under30 under Technology and a Champion of Change for Crowd-funding Entrepreneurs at the White House in 2013. Charles is the Managing Director of cMy Ventures, serves on the Board of Directors for FADD and Advisory Board of K Hotels. Charles has authored multiple patents in embedded systems and is currently writing his first book. Charles graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from UC Riverside and from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the Executive Program.
Russ has over 15 years in Executive Management positions in new venture start-ups as well as publicly traded companies. His roles have spanned all aspects of Operations, HW & SW Development, Supply Chain, Quality, Technical Support, & Professional Services.
Most recently Russ was the SVP of Operations at Echelon Corporation where he managed all manufacturing, quality, & supply chain for the product introduction and growth of the Smart Metering (IIOT) business. Under his watch, Echelon built, deployed, and supported millions (4M+) of Smart Meters throughout North America, Europe, and Russia. At the same time Echelon also sourced or manufactured, and deployed tens of millions (60M+) semi-conductors & transceivers to the LonWorks Building Automation (device networking) marketplace.
Previously Russ managed all the Operations, Technical Support & Professional Services for NetDynamics, a software start-up in the Application Server marketplace. As part of the original Executive team, Russ built from ground up all operational processes and staffing including corporate infrastructure to support NetDynamics through its formation to successful sale to Sun Microsystems in 1999.
Michael has over 20 years of senior management experience across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from startups to large public corporations. He held a variety of senior management positions at technology start-ups and established corporations in the areas of Bitcoin/Blockchain, software/SaaS, hardware, semiconductor, manufacturing, and real estate. Michael has been involved in raising equity, IPO’s, M&A, and variety of public and private debt instruments.
Most recently, Michael was the first C-level executive/CFO and board member at BitFury, one of today's leading providers of transaction processing infrastructure that powers the Bitcoin / Blockchain digital network. During his tenure at BitFury, he led growth in company from seven employees/consultants to over 100; from one office to seven international locations; from almost no revenues to approximately nine figure annual audited run-rate with significant EBITDA and a solid base for significant growth in 2015/2016. Previously, he was Corporate Controller @$70M Silicon Valley’s VC-backed software security start-up, filling the S1/NASDAQ; a joint venture partner with Morgan Stanley in Europe; as CFO, he led a successful $2.1B IPO on the LSE; and a senior consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Michael received his M.Sc. in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, his MBA from Santa Clara University, and B.A. with double major in Economics and Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College. He is also a CPA in California.
Larry leads hardware design at Breathometer, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and firmware development. He has 25 years experience developing medical and industrial instrumentation. Most recently Larry was Head of Wearables Development at Proteus digital health and was responsible for developing Proteus' wearable devices from concept into volume production. Larry has 15 years technical management experience covering disciplines such as EE, IC design, ME, SW/FW, and algorithms development. Larry holds as BS in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA and has amassed 13 patents.
Mike has over 20 years experience in engineering and management. His roles have spanned a variety of areas including engineering, quality, operations, product development, and customer support.
Most recently Mike was Director of Corporate Quality and Manufacturing Engineering at Echelon Corporation, where he managed quality and manufacturing engineering for an extensive product line of semiconductors, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and Smart Meters. In Mike's tenure at Echelon, over 60 million devices were successfully deployed.
Previously Mike served in engineering and business process improvement roles supporting the core microprocessor business at Intel Corporation. He also filled several manufacturing, engineering, quality, customer support, and product development roles at Olin Corporation.
Mike holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering M.I.T., and an M.S. in Management (M.B.A) from M.I.T.
Ivan leads quality engineering efforts and is responsible for establishing Quality Management Systems for Breathometer. He brings his unique experience in both Medical Device and Consumer Industries. Prior to joining Breathometer, Ivan was a Manufacturing Engineer at Teleflex Medical developing Arrow GPSCath Balloon Dilatation Catheter. Ivan managed R&D pilot line and was in charge of new product introduction projects. He was also a key member of the Supplier Quality Engineering team at Tesla Motors where he efficiently managed suppliers and drove multiple quality improvement projects to ensure the innovative Model S successfully ramped up production.
Ivan achieved his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Yvette Gomez comes to Breathometer with a wealth of experience in Operations. Yvette is responsible for Breathometer's Supply Chain, Operations and Customer Service Departments. She brings over 9+ years experience in Service Planning, New Product Development & Production Planning, Supply Chain Management and Process Improvement. She is trained in Six-Sigma Manufacturing and Lean Sigma certified.
Yvette also possesses over 6 years of Customer Service Experience in the Bio-Tech, Medical Device and Astronomy Manufacturing industries.
Natalia Dugandzic, a Bay Area native, joins Breathometer as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She brings with her extensive experience in project management and executive support for several of the world’s leading media companies such as Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Music Group, Warner Music Group, Live Nation and United Business Media as well as direct production and operational support for global artists, Z-Trip and Kenna.
Natalia holds a B.A. in Communications from Saint Mary’s College of California and is also a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga teacher.
Mark Cuban is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor who founded HDNet, Broadcast.com and MicroSolutions. He has also been an investor in startups, including Mahalo, JungleCents.com, motionloft.com, Filesanywhere.com, Naked Pizza and 140Fire.com. Named a winner of the GQ "Men of the Year" in 2006 and included in the New York Times Magazine's "Year in Ideas," Mark is recognized as being among the most influential people in both the cable and sports industries.
Mark is best known for his purchase of the Dallas Mavericks on January 4, 2000. Under his leadership, the team's home games have become a total entertainment experience. Despite initial criticism, he added much more to the usual game-day experience by introducing original video content, advanced technology and unique entertainment options like the Mavericks ManiAACs. His successful efforts have brought a sense of pride and passion to the fans. Prior to his purchase of the Mavericks, Mark co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet. Broadcast.com was sold to Yahoo! Inc. in July 1999 for $6.5 billion dollars. MicroSolutions, a leading national systems integrator, was co-founded by Mark and partner Martin Woodall in 1983 and later sold to CompuServe.
As CEO and president, Daymond guided FUBU to a staggering $350 million in revenues in 1998, placing it in the same stratosphere as such designer sportswear labels as Donna Karan New York and Tommy Hilfiger. Over the last 16 years, Daymond has evolved into more than a fashion mogul. In 2007 the street-smart businessman penned his first book, Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding & Lifestyle, which was named one of the best business books of 2007 by the Library Journal.
Known as the "Godfather of Urban Fashion," Daymond is regarded as one of the most sought-after branding experts and keynote speakers in fashion and business today. With multiple business ventures on his resume, Daymond can be seen sharing his knowledge and business genius on numerous business and entertainment television programs.
Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 400 products, and holds 115 U.S. and international patents. A well-known celebrity personality on QVC-TV, Greiner has hosted her own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, for over 15 years.
Greiner's cleverly designed products cover a large range, as she is constantly adding new items. From kitchen tools, travel bags and unique accessories to must-have organizers for the home, her products are enjoyed by men and women alike. She is known for creating some of the most popular jewelry and cosmetic organizers of her time. Her inspiration comes from her passion to bring happiness to people by making their everyday lives easier. Her products are sold on QVC and in retailers across the U.S. and in Europe.
Kevin O'Leary's success story starts where most entrepreneurs begin: with a big idea and zero cash. From his basement, he launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, Kevin moved to headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went on an industry consolidating acquisition binge. From 1995 to 1999 he bought out almost every one of his software competitors, including Mindscape, Broderbund and the Learning Company in the industry's first vicious public hostile battle. Shareholders loved his take-no-prisoners, cost cutting style and fueled him with billions to do his deals.
In 1999 Kevin sold his company to the Mattel Toy Company for a staggering 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest deals ever done in the consumer software industry. To keep his money working hard, he took control of his wealth from his lackluster money managers and founded his own mutual fund company, O'Leary Funds. He raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors who share his "get paid while you wait" yield oriented, value investing philosophy. He shares his tips and tribulations with a national television audience and turns The Street upside down in the process.
As a self-proclaimed "Eco-preneur," Kevin looks hardest for investments that make money - and are environmentally friendly. When he's not squeezing the market from his office in West Palm Beach, he travels the world looking for new opportunities to deploy his capital. He is a founding investor and director of Stream Global, an international business outsourcing company. He is on the investment committee of Boston's prestigious 200-year-old Hamilton Trust, and is the chairman of O'Leary Funds. He also serves on the executive board of The Richard Ivey School of Business.