Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to build and operate a secure digital platform to harness the power of the internet for maritime, with an inspiring, clear, and convenient technology path for cutting-edge performance now and in the future.
Values and Ethics
We will realize our vision only if we live by values and beliefs that are respected by us, our customers and all our other constituencies. Our values and core beliefs are:
Act ethically and respectfully, with compassion and humility
Deliver amazing solutions with attention to detail, perfect isn't possible
Better data means better decisions
Challenge your comfort zone with new ideas and faster decisions
Scrutinize and consider the impacts of your actions on customers, investors and colleagues
Speak up and respect decisions
Use time and treasure wisely
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Co-Founder and CEO
Michael Small is a co-founder and CEO of K4 Mobility. He is a wireless industry veteran, most recently serving from 2010 to 2018 as President and CEO of Gogo Inc, an inflight wireless company that went public in 2013 at a valuation of $1.4 billion.
Prior to that, Michael served as CEO of Centennial Communication Corp from 1999 until it was sold to AT&T for $3 billion in 2009. He has twice received the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 and 2012, and the Illinois Technology Association CEO of the year award in 2013.
He has a BA in history from Colgate University and an MBA in finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Co-Founder and President
Anand Chari is a co-founder and President of K4 Mobility. He is a wireless industry executive and technologist, most recently serving from 2003 to 2019 with Gogo Inc in various roles, from the first employee of the commercial aviation division to Executive Vice President and CTO.
His track record of innovation includes: over 20 patents; deployments of the first CDMA network in the US, superconducting technologies, and carrier-grade VoIP; and the design, development and deployment of air-to-ground and satellite inflight internet networks.
He has an MSEE from Iowa State University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Chief Technology Officer
Bryan Lauer is the CTO of K4 Mobility. He brings over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry and has a proven track record of innovation with over 50 U.S. patents awarded.
Prior to joining the K4 team, Bryan was one of the founding employees with Gogo, Inc. where, from 2006 to 2020, he was instrumental to the design, deployment and operation of the first at-scale, global inflight Internet service.
Prior to Gogo, Bryan was an architect for Alcatel Lucent in the wireless mobility division, where he optimized the core service controller for the first widely deployed 3G wireless data system for Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS.
Bryan has a PhD in Physics from Iowa State University. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the search for the Higgs Particle at Fermi National Laboratory 20 years before its eventual discovery at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Chief Financial Officer
Rishi Potdar is the CFO of K4 Mobility. He is a Finance, Strategy and Operations leader in Consulting and Industry, most recently serving from 2017 to 2019 as the CFO of the $2+ Billion revenue Sears Online Division.
He held prior roles in Finance and Strategy with Gogo, United Airlines and Booz Allen.
He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
A seasoned business development professional, Darryl has held leadership roles in top organizations and has demonstrated continuous sales growth in the marine industry.
Using his extensive knowledge and understanding of consumer behavior, Darryl’s vast network of connections as well as his successful track record have made him an authority in the marine industry.
As such, Darryl brings a unique 360-degree perspective to developing new marine business opportunities for K4 Mobility.
Craig Sylla is a Senior Architect at K4 Mobility. He has extensive experience in creating embedded systems for the telecommunications and gaming industries.
His prior experience includes two decades in the highly regulated gaming industry, where he was a leader in creating new technologies and platforms for WMS Gaming. During his time in gaming he was named as an inventor on over 100 issued patents covering gameplay, security, and reliability.
After leaving gaming Craig joined Gogo, where he was involved with the next-generation platform and the wireless seatback system in use by Delta Airlines on their new Airbus A220 regional jets.
He has a BS of Computer Science and Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Mark Theissen is a Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduate and has an international business & sailing background that he has been marrying with his passion for technology. Having lived in Germany, Croatia & USA, he loves bringing the world closer together whether in person, through industry efforts or technology.
He has been an avid industry advocate holding board, committee and advisory positions with Marine Industry Association of South Florida and Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY).
As director of K4 he is responsible for all aspects of growing the digital services and communication business units enabling our clients to harness the power of digitization through simple, reliable and powerful solutions. He is a proud father and loves spending his free time with family and friends on the water or in the mountains.
Sato Ramdas is the Operations Manager at K4 Mobility. Sato is responsible for overseeing operations related to activation, installation, and maintenance. Over the past 6 years, Sato has been working as an IT consultant- designing and implementing Wi-Fi network for mega yachts. While working in the Marine Industry, Sato saw the need for better cellular connectivity – one sim card for the entire world. He also has a vision of implementing a secure and strong Wi-Fi Network for yachts and Marinas with the ability to select different services from one platform. Sato holds a B.S. in Computer Science in Information Technology. He enjoys gardening and deep-sea fishing.
Director of Engineering
Rukmani Loganathan is the Director of Engineering at K4 Mobility. She has extensive experience in defining System Architecture and delivering Software for the Datacom/Telecom and Aviation industry.
Her prior experience includes managing larger team of System Architects and Software developers at Aricent Technologies, responsible for Software deliverables to various clients in the Datacom/Telecom industries ranging from Access routers to Terabit Core routers.
After working for more than a decade on the Datacom industry joined Gogo, where she took multiple roles as Lead System Architect for Airborne Software, Director for Data Center & Proof of Concept Team, Director for Airborne Software development. During her tenure at Gogo, she has been pivotal for many key initiatives like Multi Link Balancer, Wireless Seatback interface, Connected Aircraft Service (IOT), Service Provider Integration, SW to OEM vendors like Airbus/Boeing/Bombardier, to name a few.
She has BS in Computer Science Engineering from India.