Hiya, nice to meet you!
We’re on a mission to make your mobile calling experience smarter and more relevant. Whether it’s your doctor, your next door neighbor, or a telemarketer, Hiya gives you the context you need to make and receive good calls. Thanks to Hiya’s expansive algorithms, tens of millions of users are protected from unwanted robo and spam calls across the globe.
Even though Hiya officially launched in 2016, we already have millions of users in 196 countries (that’s all of them!). We also partner with some of the largest carriers and smartphone manufacturers in the world to provide meaningful context for important inbound and outbound calls. What an amazing journey it has been so far!!
Who we are
- We’re a small but mighty crew of 100 with offices in Seattle, London and Budapest.
We’re passionate about making today’s mobile calling experience smarter and more relevant for our millions of users around the world.
- Founder & CEO
Alex is the CEO of Hiya where he oversees product vision and corporate strategy. Alex is one of the industry’s earliest mobile caller identity visionaries, having launched the first Android app of its kind in 2008. Before Hiya he was the CEO of Whitepages, the twenty-year-old digital identity company that he founded in 1997; he now serves as Executive Chairman of the Board. Alex began his career in investment banking with the Goldman Sachs High Technology Group. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, both from Stanford University.
- Chief Operating Officer
Kush drives the Go-to-Market aspect of the Hiya business including distribution, sales, marketing and business operations. He has over 15 years of experience in the mobile industry including handset OEMs, location based services and mobile payments. Among Kush’s many startup roles, he was recently the CEO of PayByPhone, Inc. one of the largest mobile payment companies in the world which he sold to Volkswagen Financial Services. Kush holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Duke University.
- Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Marcelo leads Hiya's long-term technology vision and oversees the engineering, product, operations, and partner certification teams. Before Hiya, Marcelo was the CTO & founder of two healthcare businesses, one in the UK (DoctorLink) and one in the US (EveryMove). He was a Head of Product at Pioneer Square Labs (a Startup Studio) and was an entrepreneur for the 15 years prior. Marcelo started his career with Microsoft where he worked for seven years, mostly on the Bing search engine. Marcelo has a Computer Science degree from Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil.
- VP, Global Business Development
As Vice President of Global Business Development, Chris Reiner leads Hiya’s ongoing growth and distribution strategy, with a specific focus on both Mobile Carrier and OEM partnerships. Chris started his mobile career with start-up Voice Signal Technologies, which was acquired by Nuance Communications. Following Nuance, Chris worked at Carrier IQ, a startup focussed on improving the mobile user experience. Most recently, he returned to Nuance where he led the Global Sales and Go-to-Market organization for the Mobile Division. Chris received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont and an MBA from Babson College.
- VP, Finance
As VP of Finance, Rich leads the finance team at Hiya. With nearly 30 years experience, Rich has spent most of that time working for high-growth technology companies, leading them through multiple IPO’s, various financings and nearly 20 acquisitions. Starting his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rich moved to Concur Technologies where he served as Controller, followed by Chief Accounting Officer for Coinstar, Inc. For the past 9 years, he has held various consulting roles in both large and small companies. Rich received his B.A. at Gonzaga University in Business Administration & Accounting with a minor in Spanish.
- VP, Brand and Communications
As Vice President, Brand and Communications, Liz is responsible for building awareness for Hiya across all parts of the company. Prior to Hiya, Liz worked at Pro.com, a home services start-up, where she was Head of Organic Growth. Prior to that, she worked at Whitepages for five years as Marketing Director and Senior PR Manager. She has also held similar positions at Blue Nile, E*TRADE and CNET. Liz holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University in New York.
- VP, User Experience
As Vice President of User Experience, Matthew leads the team that designs a better phone experience for Hiya’s millions of users. Prior to Hiya, Matthew was Director of Design for Whitepages, where he led user research and design for the global expansion of their caller ID products. He has over a decade of design leadership experience with a focus on mobile and local search startups, including Urbanspoon, one of the original chart-topping apps for iOS. Matthew holds a B.A. in Media Studies from The Evergreen State College.
- VP, Strategic OEM Accounts
With many years of expertise in the telecom industry, Won will be leading Hiya’s ongoing growth and distribution strategy, with a specific focus on Mobile OEM partnerships. Prior to Hiya, Won was Head of Mobile Partnerships at LinkedIn where he grew the mobile app user base through OEM and carrier partnerships. Before LinkedIn, Won worked at Evernote where he helped distribute the company’s mobile app to tens of millions of smartphones through partnerships with companies like Samsung, LG and NTT. Won also worked in Samsung’s Mobile Division for over 10 years in Korea and the Bay Area, where he led numerous partnerships with US companies like Swype, Dropbox and Flipboard. Won holds a B.A. in Media Studies from University of London and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Manchester.
- VP, Strategic Accounts
As Vice President of Sales and Business Development for North America, Pinar is responsible for Hiya’s growth strategy and activities in the region. Pinar has more than 20 years of sales and technology experience in the telecom and IT industry, most recently overseeing Ericsson's Western and Central European partnership, alliances and digital consulting business from London. Early in her career she worked at Qualcomm and was the key Account Manager for Verizon at Cequint/TNS before joining Ericsson. Pinar has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
- Managing Director, Hungary
As Managing Director of Hiya Hungary, Daniel is in charge of building out and running the Central European engineering operations in Hungary. Daniel leads the financial, legal, operational and HR functions, and helps define Hiya’s global strategy. Prior to Hiya, Daniel worked at Whitepages where he also lead the regional engineering operations in Hungary. He has over 20 years of finance and management experience working in different industries and companies that include Deloitte & Touche and Silicon Valley Bank. Daniel holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a law degree from Eötvös Lóránd University.
Board of Directors
- Board Director
Mike brings twenty years of experience focused on mobile networks and technology to Hiya. Today, Mike serves as CEO of Xealth, a digital prescribing and analytics platform integrated into healthcare electronic medical records (EMRs). Prior to Xealth, he was CEO of Swype, an innovative touchscreen keyboard installed on over one billion smartphones and tablets, which he sold to Nuance in 2011. He also co-founded Zivo, the largest web development company in Australia and New Zealand, and was co-founder and head of product for Boost Mobile both in the US and Australia. He has also held several different product roles at Microsoft. Mike received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business from William & Mary college in Virginia.
- Board Director
Geoff brings in-depth knowledge and years of expertise in the tech and startup community to Hiya. He currently serves as both a Managing Director at Pioneer Labs, a technology startup studio, and a Venture Partner with Voyager Capital, a venture capital firm. He is a 16-year angel investor in over 150 startups (80 in the Pacific Northwest) and is currently an advisor to several entrepreneurship programs and serves on the board of ten companies, including Big Fish Games and LiquidPlanner. Geoff received a B.A. in English at the University of Notre Dame, a MSIA in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University at the Tepper School of Business and a JD of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.
- Board Director
Lars brings strategic and operational know-how for mobile to Hiya. Lars joined Balderton Capital as a General Partner in 2015, after roles at three of Silicon Valley's best known tech companies – Uber, WhatsApp and Dropbox. At Uber Inc. in California, where he was Vice President Mobile, he fueled the company’s rapid growth through strategic alliances with global telcos, including Verizon and Carlos Slim's América Movil group. As Head of Mobile at Dropbox, where he was one of the firm's first 25 employees, his business development deals with Samsung and others helped the file-sharing company reach its first 100M users. At WhatsApp, Lars was advisor to the business team on non-organic growth and distribution, until the messaging app's acquisition by Facebook in 2014. Lars holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Oxford University and a BSc from Kings College London.