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Brad Chisum

Cofounder & Partner, Launch Factory

Brad is the former CEO and co-founder of Lumedyne Technologies, a MEMS Inertial Sensor company acquired by Google.

Prior to Lumedyne, Brad held engineering and management positions at the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Defense Systems Command (SPAWAR), and with semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics. Brad holds four patents and three degrees: an MBA from San Diego State University, a B.S. Electrical Engineering and B.S. Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.

Launch Factory Team

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James Hereford

Cofounder & Partner, Launch Factory

James previously served as the Chief of Staff for the Technology Engineering division of Google’s Hardware Product Area.

Prior to Google, James held engineering, program management, and business analyst positions at ION Geophysical and Chevron Technology Ventures. James holds three degrees: an MBA from Rice University, an M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies – Physics from the University of Oklahoma.

Kimberly Davis King

Partner, Launch Factory

Kim was a General Partner with IDG Ventures from 1997 to 2006. She played an active role in managing and investing over 9 years a $120 million captive fund.

She led multiple investments in software and technology infrastructure. Successful IPO investments included F5 Networks (FFIV) and VA Linux (LINUX). Prior to joining IDG Ventures, she was an Associate at BankAmerica Ventures. She has also served as a product manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group at Microsoft and spent four years as a consultant at Andersen Consulting. Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Today she teaches Entrepreneurship at both SDSU and UCSD, sits on various non-profit boards and holds multiple leadership positions including the National Charity League.

Portfolio Companies

2019 Company

Rupak Doshi
CEO, OmniSync

Rupak has over 15 years of experience across startups, industry, and academia. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK and conducted postdoctoral research on biofuels and antibody discovery at prestigious institutions like The Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego.

2020 Companies

Alex Triener
CEO, Productified

Alex served as the CEO and founder of Pet Wireless, which was acquired in 2018. He has held engineering and management positions at various technology and biotech companies, including 9 years with Illumina. Alex holds 15 patents, an MBA from UCSD, and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Yilan Shi
CEO, Simply Independent

Yilan is a published scientist who recently completed her graduate work in Genetics at UCSD. She served as an Associate with the University Growth Fund, a VC fund with $32 million of assets under management. Yilan holds a BS in Biology from UCLA, a Master’s in Biotechnology from Georgetown University, and a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences from UCSD.