5BARz International Inc. incorporates multiple patented technologies into a single plug ’n play box that strengthens weak cellular signals on all cellular connected devices. The explosion in data consumption on mobile devices has grown faster than the carriers can build out their networks and as a result the quality of connectivity continues to decline. The single-piece 5BARz unit delivers high quality signals for voice, data, video and everything else on your handset, tablet or other connected device.
With more than 3% of all mobile subscribers globally already leaving their current mobile carrier specifically because of poor signal quality, dropped calls and slow data, we saw a massive opportunity to address unreliable connectivity with innovative thinking and technology.
If we were able to solve the weak signal problem for mobile subscribers then they would surely have a better mobile experience and in turn be more loyal to their current carrier. We figured if we could solve the consumer's quality of service issues then the carriers would benefit by default, and so, that is exactly what we did.
5BARz has developed a critical piece of carrier grade technology that consumers will simply plug into an outlet in their home, office or anywhere else to increase their signal strength by up to 70db. With our groundbreaking technology we have created an entirely new category of carrier infrastructure which empowers carriers to deliver a more reliable cellular signal and provide their consumers with an unparalleled mobile experience.
We have assembled a team of technical minds, global businessmen, cross-border account managers and go getters with one goal in mind: To deliver consumers the best possible mobile experience on every device.
Daniel BlandFounder / CEO
Dr. Gil AmelioChairman of the Board
Mark GeogheganFinancial Consultant
Naresh SoniBoard of Advisors
Samartha Raghava NagabhushanamCEO, 5BARz India
Orlando CueterVice President, Business Development - 5BARz LATAM
Finnis ConnerBoard of Advisors
Marcelo CaputoBoard of Advisors
Dave HabigerBoard of Advisors
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Founder / CEO
Daniel is a seasoned entrepreneur who has firmly established himself as a ‘hands-on’ developer of premier and unique technologies. Over the last thirty years he has been well ahead of the technology curve by locating state-of-the-art technology, incubating it, developing it, commercializing it and building a world class team around him to make those technology innovations and advances a reality. Through this process Daniel has mastered the small cap market techniques that have allowed him to raise over $100,000,000 for his various ventures in both domestic and international venues. His development and financing activities over the years have allowed him to build a network of like-minded companies and individuals across the globe from Monaco to Moscow, Vancouver to Bangalore. His success in large part is due to his persistence and focus. One project at a time, Daniel fully immerses himself as an entrepreneurial CEO in the startup stage while selecting a management team to take the technology, the product and the company to the next level. All these skill sets and his thirty years of experience is now fully focused on building 5Barz and its leading-edge products in the most vibrant technology sector in modern times – the Wireless Industry.
Dr. Gil Amelio
Chairman of the Board
An iconic technology executive and investor, Dr. Amelio recently stepped down from the AT&T Board of Directors, a career expanding 18 years, to assume a more hands-on role in executing 5BARz’s accelerated growth strategy as Chairman of the Board, effective February 2013. Throughout a career span of over three decades, Dr. Amelio has led various technology companies, including serving as the CEO and Chairman of Apple Computer, the President, CEO and Chairman of National Semiconductor, and the President of Rockwell Communication Systems, a unit of Rockwell International. Under his leadership, these companies underwent successful transformations that resulted in over $9 billion USD increase in investor value. Dr. Amelio launched his career as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs’ legendary Murray Hill, NJ campus. He received a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, and Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Amelio has been awarded 16 patents and a 17th is pending. He is the co-author of three books, two of which were business best sellers. Dr. Amelio has established a well-documented legacy of having identified and implemented key strategically important emerging technologies leading to significant increases in shareholder value at the companies he led. His broad base of experience, influence in the technology sector and insightful guidance to developing technology companies is a significant asset to organizations with which he is or has been associated.
Mark has operated as a financial professional for 30 years. A former Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, Mark, through his operating businesses, has developed a career of guiding developing companies from start up stages to thriving enterprises. He was a hands-on manager at an organization that developed 1,100 franchised outlets internationally within a few years, and was a very active part of a turnaround team in a high tech company that now has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion dollars. He has substantial experience in structuring and listing companies on stock exchanges in various venues in the world and substantive post-listing management experience, including quarterly reporting, annual audited financials, annual reports, budgets, ongoing business plan development, investor relations and management of business development initiatives.
CEO, 5BARz auto
Just prior to joining 5Barz David founded and remains Chairman of the IGW Global Group, a Lifestyle and Technology Incubator and Holding Company. David founded 3 of 7 companies currently in the IGW portfolio, all of which are revenue generating and either currently seeking their Series B financing or have already completed it. IGW focuses on Emerging Technologies, Mobile Technologies, Digital Media, Fashion and R/E/M-Commerce. Prior, David was the President of Singer22, the well-known and highly regarded Omni-channel fashion retailer. David also founded and was CEO of Juice Wireless, the first mobile marketing agency to develop and execute mobile marketing campaigns for clients including most of the Conde Nast publications, Sony, CourtTV, Hearst, Best Buy, etc. After selling its mobile marketing business, Juice pivoted its focus on the then nascent mobile applications market. Juice developed six mobile applications, four of which won awards for “Best in Class” in 2004 and 2005. But what really set Juice apart was the launch and explosive growth of the Juicecaster, the first ever fully cross platform social media application for mobile phones. The highly regarded mobile app was named “Best in Class” 2006 and 2007. David invested the seed capital into Juice, led the company day-to-day, raised $20+M in financing from 21 Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures. Prior, David was the President of the London-based Network of the World (NOW.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly traded, Hong Kong based, Pacific Century Cyberworks’ (PCCW). 1n 1997, David foundered and was CEO of the groundbreaking Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX.com). David developed the company’s Big Data business model, built and managed its executive management team and raised over $50M from CitiGroup Ventures, NBC, Ingram, XL Ventures, Kagan Media, etc. David also negotiated strategic investments from MTV, NBC, NBCi, SNAP.com, SBS and PCCW. As HSX was preparing to go public the company was sold to Wall Street powerhouse, Cantor Fitzgerald in 2000. Prior to HSX, David founded his first “Internet” company, Origami Media and Entertainment, one of the first pure incubators. Origami built a portfolio of 23 companies. After several successful exits, David sold Origami to AOL. Prior to and while still in law school at Cardozo in NYC, David founded, built and sold both Warrior Music, a traditional music publishing company and AnnaXannA Entertainment, which he built into the second largest music video production company in the US and sold to Polygram Entertainment.
Board of Advisors
Naresh came to 5Barz with over thirty years of experience in the telecommunication industry. He is an accomplished and highly recognized technology leader having invented, built, managed and rolled out multiple global telecommunications technologies we all take for granted today. With the advent of cellular, Naresh is credited with developing technology products for mobile devices and networks, which have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Most recently, Naresh served as the Chief Technology Officer of InterDigital, a $2B market cap NASDAQ company, where he was responsible for InterDigital’s technology strategy and road map. Additionally, Naresh also led the company’s University and industry relationships, provided guidance on M&A opportunities, and all research and development initiatives. Prior to InterDigital, Naresh served as the Chief Technology Officer for Streamezzo, a venture-funded provider of interactive rich media solutions for some of the world’s leading handset manufacturers and wireless operators. His previous experience also includes executive positions at STMicroelectronics, Nokia, AT&T Bell Labs and IBM. Naresh holds several patents, has authored multiple technical papers and has given keynote speeches at many Communications and Computing conferences. Naresh earned his Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He has served on the Board of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center for Wireless Communications, Commnexus and is currently on the Technical Advisory Council at Interdigital and Accelera Mobile Broadband.
Board of Advisors
Prior to joining LATAM Marcelo was the CEO and President of Telefonica USA, Inc., the Telefonica Group's U.S. subsidiary based in Miami, FL. In addition to this role, Mr. Caputo was responsible for the Americas' arm of the Telefonica Multinational Solutions area, which was focused on providing global telecommunications services to multinational corporations in the U.S. and Latin America. Marcelo began his professional career as a systems engineer for Motorola Argentina in 1991. In 1993, he joined Telefonica as an Account Manager. Over the next 19 years Marcelo grew within the Telefonica organization from a Sales Manager, to Sales Director, and was then named Director of the Enterprise Communications Unit where he fully integrated the new business unit to include Sales, Marketing, Engineering, and Network Deployment which was responsible for 80 percent of the company's income. In 2002 Marcelo was promoted to Vice President of the Global Customers Division at Telefonica International in Madrid, Spain. He has full sales and P&L responsibility for 20 countries. In this new position he lead the Global Customers division for Telefonica Latin America, a business unit he helped found and substantially increased the number of enterprise clients and huge growth in the carriers’ subscriber base in just five years. In 2007 Marcelo was again promoted and joined Telefonica Mexico as Vice President of its Enterprise Customers Division. In this position he designed and built an entirely new organization, processes, products, systems and partners as well as launching a new convergent product portfolio. Finally in 2012 Marcelo was named as the President of Telefonica USA, a division of the company that had never turned a profit. In less than two years Marcelo was able to turn the division around and make it profitable for the last two years.
Vice President, Business Development LATAM
Orlando Cueter joined 5Barz early on as the company was still developing its patented technology. Orlando has focused the majority of his time in Latin America working closely with the carriers in the region and maintaining their increasing interest in the 5Barz Network Extender. Orlando has maintained many of the critical relationships 5Barz needs in Latin America, especially with the major carriers engineering staff, technical leadership and major decision makers. Orlando is an Industrial Engineer and holds a Masters in Economics from Georgetown University. With over twenty years of business experience, Orlando began his career working at the United Nations in Santiago, Chile – Industry Division. Since then, Orlando has been involved in corporate finance for a diverse number of global businesses.
Board of Advisors
Finis Conner, for the length of his legendary career has consistently identified and executed winning trends in the lightning fast technology industry. Finnis’ experience in selling, designing and manufacturing hard disk drives played a major role in creating the multi-trillion dollar, global technology market that prior to him was non-existant. Finnis has been the pivotal player in migrating computing from floor towers, desktops, laptop computers and now to your back pocket with smaller an smaller devices, with higher capacity and lower costs. In 1973, Finnis co-founded Shugart Associates, where they produced and sold 8″ floppy and hard (HDD) disc drives. The company was sold to Xerox Corporation in 1977. Not unlike many of the entrepreneurs associated with 5Barz Finnis’ never ending focus on “new market trends” and “consumer needs” have served both us, the consumer and him, the career entrepreneur, very well. In 1979, Finnis correctly recognized the trend to smaller computers and conceived the original 5 1/4″, 5MB Winchester disc drive which led to co-founding Seagate Technology. Many computer manufactures at the time didn’t see the need for that much memory but Conner sought out and later sold Steve Job at Apple Computer, 95% of his first years production. Today, Seagate is the largest drive company in the world with a $12 Billion market capitalization, 50,000 employees and shipping over 50,000,000 drives per quarter. In 1986, Finis saw the eventual migration of computers to even smaller and smaller form factors and developed the 3 1/2″ hard drive. There was little interest at Seagate to develop this small of a drive at the time, so Finnis left Seagate to found Conner Peripherals, which was funded with $35M from Compaq Computer. Hence the 3 ½” Winchester Drive was completed and made available for sale in a rather short period of time Conner Peripherals was an instant success and became the fastest-growing company in U.S. history with Conner leading the growth of the company to $1.4 billion in sales in only its 4th year and $2.7 billion in its 10th year, when he engineered the sale of the company to his former company and then rival, Seagate. Finnis is noted for having nurtured and developed top management teams throughout his entire career in multiple disciplines including, sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution. Under Conner, both Seagate and Conner Peripherals built World Class ISO 9001 high tech manufacturing facilities around the globe, including, California, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. Over the course of his career, his companies were responsible for creating in excess of 160,000 high quality, high paying technology jobs. Finnis Conner is a visionary student of market trends, a leader in developing market-dominating companies with unmatched financial performance.
Samartha Raghava Nagabhushanam
CEO, 5BARz India
Ex-Managing Director, Kyocera Wireless India Pvt. Ltd. Samartha is a Visionary and Entrepreneur closely associated with Global Telecom Industry over the past two decades. He has lead organizations of 1000+ engineers spanning across 5 countries. His current companies: Aseema is focusing on increasing the enterprise productivity through its fleet of mobile applications and back end analytics to increase the CAGR of Enterprises. HuddleNDeal, provides home entertainment and automation solutions for Indian HNI homes. Samartha was Founder Director and Managing Director of Kyocera Wireless India (KWI), Bangalore, established in the year 2003 as a subsidiary and part of Kyocera Group Companies headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. He established KWI as a profit center and lead the growth from zero to 850+ Engineers in six years. He also sold 2.5+ million Kyocera CDMA phones in India between 2004 - 06. A Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics & Communications), from Mysore University, he has done Advanced Management Program from ISB, Hyderabad and Kellogg School of Management, Chicago. He also has Masters in Philosophy and Religion from MKU, Madurai. He is pursuing his PhD in Philosophy from HUA, Orlando.
Board of Advisors
Dave Habiger began his career as a founder of Providence Productions, a media production company. This quickly led to a passion for computer based tools and technologies that were starting to revolutionize media production in the early 90’s. In 1992 Habiger began working with the founding members of Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), later playing an important role in the company’s IPO. As President and COO he organized and managed a global software development team, later becoming CEO. Sonic enterprise software and technology helped launch multiple media formats and was awarded an Emmy for its contribution to the television industry. As CEO of Sonic, Habiger leveraged his 15-year partnership with the Hollywood studios to help move the industry from DVD distribution to internet delivery of movies and TV shows, establishing a leadership role as one of the largest global providers of premium movies and TV shows via the Web and consumer electronic devices. Since its IPO, Sonic generated over $1 billion dollars in revenue in the digital media category and was named one of Forbes, Fortune and Businesseeek’s Fastest Growing Companies on multiple occasions, ultimately leading to its sale to Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI). Habiger later made an investment and took over as CEO of NDS, a leading provider of technology solutions for the digital pay-TV industry. With close to 6,000 employees worldwide, NDS provided the software to enable satellite and cable operators to reach their customers. Shortly after NDS registered for an IPO on the NYSE, the company was acquired by Cisco for $5 billion. In 2008, Habiger was chosen as one of Corporate Leader Magazine’s 40 under 40 business leaders and regularly appears as an industry expert on major media outlets including CNBC, CNN, Fox, The Street.Com and Bloomberg TV. Hollywood Reporter chose him as one of 2010’s Digital Power 50 and in 2011 Habiger was chosen as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Habiger is a director on numerous public and private boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Center for Corporate Innovation and the Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Center for Entrepreneurship. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Norbert College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.