About Hiya: What We Do and Who We Are. - Hiya

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.

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Our Story

Even though Hiya officially launched a little over a year ago, 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!!

2016 Launched Samsung Smart Call
2016 Hiya, Inc. officially founded
2016 Launched first network based spam solution
2017 Launched ZTE Caller ID
2017 Launched Samsung Places
Hiya offices worldwide

Who we are
We’re a small but mighty crew of 70 with offices in Seattle, New York, 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.

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Leadership team

Alex Algard

Alex Algard
Founder

Alex is the CEO of Hiya (and the founder of Whitepages, the twenty-year-old digital identity company that he created during his senior year of university). Alex oversees product vision and corporate strategy for Hiya. He is one of the industry’s earliest mobile caller ID visionaries, having launched the first Android app of its kind in 2008. Alex holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Product Design), both from Stanford University.

Jan Volzke

Jan Volzke
VP, Caller Profiles

As Vice President, Caller Profiles, Jan manages the team that protects Hiya’s millions of users from spam, nuisance calls and mobile fraud. Prior to Hiya, Jan worked for Whitepages, following the acquisition of his company, Numbercop. Jan is a telecom & security expert with more than 15 years of experience in mobile devices, telephony networks, and application security. He holds a BCEE in Engineering Telecommunications from Dresden University of Technology and a MBA in International Business and Marketing from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Liz Powell

Liz Powell
VP, Marketing and Communications

As Vice President, Marketing 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.

Chris Reiner

Chris Reiner
VP, Business Development

As Vice President of 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 Master’s in Business Administration from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Matthew Matanovic

Matthew Matanovic
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.

Marcelo Calbucci

Marcelo Calbucci
VP, Product

As VP of Product for Hiya’s Directory Services, Marcelo is focussed on streamlining the way consumers connect with businesses from directly within the phone’s dialer. 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.

Board of Directors

Mike McSherry

Mike McSherry
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.

Geoff Entress

Geoff Entress
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.

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen

Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen
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.

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