Our Leadership Team 2019-06-11T22:39:24-04:00

Our Leadership Team

Faizan Sheikh, CEO and Co-founder

Faizan Sheikh

CEO & Co-Founder

Faizan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Avidbots. Faizan has helped develop the Avidbots vision and mission, and he plays a key role with investors and business partners.

Avidbots’ fearless leader was born in Pakistan and moved to Canada at the age of 14. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo. After working on a robotics startup in his final year at Waterloo, Faizan would go on to found Avidbots in 2014 with Pablo Molina – a classmate and friend from his university days.  Together with Pablo and the team, Faizan has built Avidbots into one of Canada’s fastest growing robotics companies.

When Faizan isn’t working on all-things Avidbots, he’s a green tea connoisseur, indoor gardening buff and loves playing board games with family and friends.

Pablo Molina, Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder

Pablo Molina

Chairman, CTO & Co-Founder

Pablo’s vision is to live in a world where robots and humans work together in everyday life. He has been building robots since the early days of his undergraduate program at the University of Waterloo. After graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering (+Physics option), Pablo received his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University (Space Robotics). He quickly applied his space robotics know-how working as an autonomous navigation designer at NepTec Design Group before co-founding Avidbots with Faizan Sheihk in 2014.

When Pablo isn’t working with robots or thinking about tasks to automate, he enjoys playing keyboards in music bands, working out, and playing soccer.

Stephen Haney, Vice President of Global Marketing

Steve Haney

Vice President of Global Marketing

Steve is Avidbots’ chief storyteller, consummate lead generator, and guardian of the Avidbots brand.  An experienced Silicon Valley veteran with over thirty years of experience, Steve has held Marketing leadership positions at high technology companies such as Apple, Microprose, Tira Wireless, and Embarcadero Technologies. Steve has also been an entrepreneur in emerging technologies, having co-founded two mobile technology start-ups which he successfully venture-funded, grew and sold. Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business.

When he’s not leading the Marketing efforts at Avidbots, Steve loves spending as much time as possible with his wife and two daughters. He also loves watching sci-fi and animated movies, fiddling with his computers, and hiking the mountain trails of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Todd Laurence, Vice President of Global Sales

Todd Laurence

Vice President of Global Sales

Todd brings a wealth of global sales and business development experience to Avidbots. Prior to Avidbots, Todd held sales leadership roles at companies such as Cloudera, JDA Software, and Oracle as well as start-up companies. Early in his career, Todd managed supply chains and manufacturing operations for several telecommunications equipment makers.  Todd holds an Economics degree from Princeton along with an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Todd lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an avid skier and runner. He earned his “muddy boots” as an industry expert in farm-to-fork food traceability. Ask him how your fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested, and he will happily answer…in fluent Spanish.

Avidbots Board Members

Faizan Sheikh

Co-founder and CEO, Avidbots

Faizan Sheikh is CEO and Co-Founder of Avidbots and a member of the Avidbots Board. Read more about Faizan here.

Pablo Molina

Co-founder, Chairman & CTO, Avidbots

Pablo Molina serves as Chairman of the Avidbots Board and company CTO. Read more about Pablo here.

Rohit Sharma

Partner, True Ventures

Rohit Sharma is a partner at True Ventures. He began his career as founder and CTO of ONI Systems, which pioneered the use of optical switching and real-time signal processing technologies in optical networks. ONI Systems was acquired by Ciena, where Rohit served as SVP and CTO of Metro Networks Group.

Jenny Lee

Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Jenny Lee is a Managing Partner with GGV Capital. She joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. As an investor, Jenny is widely considered to be one of the most respected VC’s in China and consistently ranks as a top investor in the Forbes Midas List. Jenny’s areas of focus are on consumer internet and SaaS companies in mobile social, IoT, finance and education sectors.

TJ Rylander

Partner, Next47

T.J. is a partner at Next47, the venture capital arm of Siemens. T.J. focuses on investments in connected devices and industrial solutions, especially security, data management, and analytics platforms. Prior to joining Next47 in early 2018, he was Managing Partner at In-Q-Tel (IQT), the strategic venture firm affiliated with the U.S. Intelligence Community. In addition to sourcing, negotiating and managing investments, T.J. led IQT’s West Coast investments and served as co-lead for the company’s infrastructure and security practice.

Matt Golden

Managing Partner, Golden Ventures

Matt Golden is the Founder and Managing Partner of Golden Ventures. An experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Matt has focused on start-ups his entire career and has been engaged in all aspects of building and guiding disruptive companies from their very early stages.