About Aira

Founded in 2017 with a singular mission: to evolve the wireless charging experience

Wireless charging was built on the promise of convenience – but the products on the market today have all failed to deliver. They simply replaced the burden of a charging cable with another limitation: a small, fixed spot on the charger that won’t deliver power unless a device is precisely aligned.

At Aira, we’re working hard to make good on that original promise. We re-engineered the fundamentals to create FreePower, a no-fail wireless charging experience. Place devices across the surface, and they’ll charge – it’s that simple.

Our Team

Jake Slatnick
Jake oversees the company’s growth strategy, partnerships, and fundraising, and serves as Aira’s lead spokesperson. As a serial entrepreneur, Jake has started multiple companies — his first at just 13 years old.
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Jake Slatnick

CEO, Co-Founder

Eric Goodchild
Eric is the company’s product and engineering lead. He holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s most powerful Bi-Polar Tesla Coil, and was a lead high-voltage electrical and embedded firmware engineer for Axon prior to co-founding Aira.
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Eric Goodchild

CTO, Co-Founder

Jeff Risher
Jeff has two decades of experience and leadership in technology law, IP strategy, licensing, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic partnerships for leading technology and automotive brands, including Apple and Tesla.
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Jeff Risher

CSO, General Counsel

David Russell, PhD
Dave has over a decade of experience teaching embedded systems, and has even written a book on the subject. Additionally, he holds a diverse professional background with roles at General Dynamics and Motorola, amongst others.
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David Russell, PhD

Sr. Firmware Engineer

John Winters
In addition to a degree from MIT, John has a lifetime of experience in semiconductor applications for Raytheon, AT&T, and Motorola, among others. As a creative problem solver, he always brings inventive solutions to the table.
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John Winters

Sr. Firmware Engineer

Camron Vossberg
As employee #2, Camron has played a critical role in getting Aira’s FreePower technology through every stage of development and production. Having worked for startups and major companies like IDT, he is a jack of all electrical and software trades.
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Camron Vossberg

Sr. Electrical Engineer

James Scott
Having spent more than 30 years on advanced R&D projects at NXP, James has comprehensive expertise across the electrical engineering spectrum. He is responsible for Aira’s next-generation hardware architecture and design.
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James Scott

Sr. Electrical Engineer

Ali Saket, PhD
Ali has extensive software and hardware expertise in modeling, design, simulation, prototyping, and testing for magnetics and power electronic circuits. He has a PhD in Power Electronics and specializes in high-frequency magnetic design.
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Ali Saket, PhD

Sr. R&D Power Engineer

Jay Zamboni
Spending his career working in diverse software development roles, Jay brings a wealth of wide-ranging experience. He is the lead architect developing Aira’s desktop applications, core test platforms, and web applications.
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Jay Zamboni

Sr. Software Engineer

Weechin Tan
Weechin started his career at Qualcomm in embedded semiconductor applications. He then moved to Axon as the lead firmware engineer for their Taser line and launched the Axon Body 3, the world’s first LTE-connected body camera.
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Weechin Tan

Firmware Engineer

Jules Laffitte
Having started his career at Apple, Jules transitioned into firmware management at a wireless power startup in San Francisco. Fueled by his passion for free-position wireless charging, Jules joined Aira to continue pushing the industry forward.
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Jules Laffitte

Firmware Engineer

Alex Birutis
Alex manages and designs computer tools that are used company-wide for our core platforms. These software tools enable seamless communication within Aira’s embedded systems, allowing for robust development, validation, and testing.
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Alex Birutis

Software Engineer

Antonio Martinez
Having spent most of his career at Axon, Antonio has been in charge of quality control for some of the most sensitive products on the market, trusted by police and military forces globally. He oversees validation, quality, and test efforts at Aira.
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Antonio Martinez

Head of Quality

Ashish Verma
Ashish is a founding member of a company recognized as one of India’s top 10 startups. With several patents under his belt, as well as innovation awards from Airbus, ASME, and Cisco, Ashish brings a unique and creative approach to his work with Aira.
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Ashish Verma

Jr. Engineer

Ricky Johnson
Ricky is a creative engineer and entrepreneur with several of his own inventions. He touches on a number of engineering projects in his role at Aira, including software and hardware tools used company-wide for core system development.
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Ricky Johnson

Jr. Engineer

Heath Ramsey
As a computer hobbyist, Heath has been interested in electronics and their inner workings for his entire life. He brings a strong sense of curiosity to all of his work, helping advance Aira’s innovations and setting the stage for future achievements.
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Heath Ramsey

Jr. Engineer

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Investors & Advisors

Lori Greiner
Lori took a single idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is well-known as a self-made inventor and entrepreneur who has created and marketed over 800 products, holds 120 US and international patents, and has a 90% success rate for new items launched. She is recognized as one of the most prolific retail product inventors of our time, and a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning show, Shark Tank.
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Investor

Kevin O’Leary
Kevin is globally recognized as an outspoken, audacious entrepreneur and investor. In 1993, with no money to his name, he launched The Learning Company, which developed software to help children with reading and math. Six years later, he sold it to Mattel for $3.7 billion, one of the largest tech deals in Canadian history. He went on to build and sell many other businesses, and grew O’Shares ETF’s to over $1B in cash. He’s best-known known for his starring role as a Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank.
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Kevin O’Leary

Investor

Robert Herjavec
Robert is one of the most renowned business leaders, and a dynamic entrepreneur who has built and sold several IT companies. In 2003, Robert founded Herjavec Group, which quickly became one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a leader in the global cybersecurity operations space, specializing in managed security services for enterprise-level organizations. He is a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show, Shark Tank.
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Robert Herjavec

Investor

Max Nerheim
Max joined Taser International, now known as Axon, as the company’s first electrical engineer in 2002. His innovations have been a catalyst for Taser’s growth from startup to leading Stun Gun manufacturer for law enforcement, military, and security forces worldwide. Max is highly experienced in advanced research and technology development in fast-paced growth environments. He is currently V.P. of Research and a Technical Fellow at Axon, growing its market cap to more than $5B.
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Max Nerheim

Investor & Technical Advisor

Steve Pazol
Steve was the GM of Wireless Charging for Qualcomm, running the IP licensing businesses for WiPower and Halo. During his tenure, he served as Vice President and Entrepreneur in Residence, overseeing Qualcomm Venture’s startups. Steve has a 25-year track record of successful leadership at both Fortune 500 organizations and early-stage, fast-paced tech companies. His contributions while running global businesses in wireless technologies and emerging markets have led to 5 successful exits.
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Steve Pazol

Advisor

Shawn Dougherty
When Shawn co-founded mophie, the company was 3 employees working out of her barn in Michigan. She then grew it into a business that sells products in 38,000 retail locations across 130 countries, with over 300 employees. During her tenure, Shawn established lasting relationships with global strategic partners and top industry players including Apple, Verizon, Valentino, and Supreme. By 2015, mophie surpassed $250 million in revenue, leading to the company's strategic acquisition in 2016.
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Shawn Dougherty

Investor

John Garcia
John is the managing director of Solyco, a strategic firm that blends private equity, management consulting, and investment banking. He is an executive and entrepreneur in multiple start-ups, small and midmarket companies, and Fortune 500 businesses across energy, tech, life science, and transportation/logistics industries. He has extensive experience in IP licensing, corporate strategy, marketing, private equity, M&A, technology R&D, manufacturing, sales, operations, and board leadership.
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John Garcia

Investor & Advisor

Jiri Modry
Jiri is an active angel investor after a long career holding multiple roles as CEO. He is a serial entrepreneur, board member, advisor and investor in several companies across diverse industries. With extensive experience leading hi-tech companies both domestically and internationally, he’s proven to drive high growth through market disruptive technologies.
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Jiri Modry

Investor & Advisor