Co-Founder and CEO
Steve is the co-founder and CEO of oneNav, his fourth technology startup based in Silicon Valley. His second company, SnapTrack, pioneered the integration of GPS technology into mobile phones. SnapTrack was acquired by Qualcomm, and SnapTrack technology is now embedded in billions of smart phones around the world. Over the course of his career, Steve has launched, grown, and sold three technology companies, managed a portfolio of a dozen startups as an SVP at Qualcomm, worked at the highest levels in state and federal government and volunteered for a year as a public high school teacher. He was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014. Steve holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Stanford.
Dr. Paul McBurney, PhD
Co-Founder and CTO
Paul is the co-founder and CTO of oneNav, his second GNSS startup. He began his focus on GNSS while earning his PhD in electrical engineering, and has since been developing location technology and systems at Stanford Telecom, Trimble, eRide (his first GNSS startup as co-founder and CTO), and GopherHush (his location analytics startup). Most recently Paul was a GNSS architect at Apple. At Trimble Labs, he co-invented a host-based GPS IP that was successfully licensed into consumer and automotive segments. eRide successfully licensed GPS IP into the Japanese mobile phone and automotive segments and was acquired by Furuno. Paul holds a BS in Engineering and Physics from St. Ambrose University, and a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Iowa State University. Paul has over 40 location related patents.
Kamil is the SVP of Engineering at oneNav. His 30 year career focus is on delivering ground-breaking innovation to global markets as timely, high quality, and commercially viable products and services. An early member of the SnapTrack team, Kamil led the growth in Engineering, including GPS IP core, DSP firmware, Assisted-GPS Position Engine Server, QA, and Customer Operations teams, that delivered mobile industry-first award-winning products worldwide. Post-acquisition roles at Qualcomm included strategic investment fund operations and international technology consortium formation. Most recently, as Managing Director of Data Science at Trove (acquired by E Source), Kamil led the growth of a world-class team of Data Scientists focused on Electric Utility analytics. Kamil holds a BA in Computer Science from New York University and a PhD in Biophysics from University of California Berkeley.
VP Hardware Technology
Paul is the VP of Hardware Technology at oneNav. With 35 years experience in the satellite communication industry, Paul has designed and developed numerous GNSS mobile positioning platforms. He helped pioneer SnapTrack’s mobile GPS platform, the first GPS technology to be deployed in cell phones. Paul led the design and development of 9 generations of GNSS product platforms at Qualcomm. Over a 17-year period, Paul’s mobile GNSS designs have shipped in over 10 billion mobile devices. Paul earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Paul continued his extensive education in circuit design, signal processing and communication systems through advanced graduate courses at Stanford and Santa Clara University. Paul has authored 7 patents in the GNSS field.
Lalit is the VP of Firmware at oneNav. Lalit comes to oneNav from an extensive career developing and commercializing GNSS solutions for the Mobile and Automotive industries. Lalit was part of the engineering team at SnapTrack, which pioneered the integration of GPS technology into cell phones for the first time. He then led the design and development of the mobile GNSS measurement engine and new receiver architectures at Qualcomm for 19 years. Most recently, as an engineering executive, Lalit managed Intel’s global GNSS measurement engine team. Lalit holds a BS in Engineering from Osmania University in India.
VP RF Technology and Systems Engineering
Anthony is the VP of RF Technology and Systems Engineering at oneNav. Prior to oneNav, Anthony was a Principal Engineer at Intel managing system engineering teams working on low power connectivity solutions and 5G cellular coexistence. Anthony started his career at Trimble designing Differential GPS systems for Avionics and Surveying systems. During his 30-year career in Silicon Valley, he has defined, designed and led the architecture development of wireless cellular, connectivity, navigation and timing systems including both silicon and board level products. Anthony holds an MS in EESOR from Stanford University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the TEI of Athens Greece.
VP Customer Deployment and Testing
Jim is the VP of Customer Deployment and Testing at oneNav. Jim comes to oneNav from an extensive career testing and deploying GNSS and other location technologies, most recently leading CTIA’s 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed. Jim was part of the engineering team at SnapTrack, where GPS technology was first integrated into wireless devices. He then led field testing, QA, product demonstrations and trials, data analysis and visualization, and customer system integration activities at Qualcomm and Intel. Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
VP Marketing and Business Development
Bret is the VP of Marketing & Business Development at oneNav. Bret previously held CEO and General Management roles at a number of Silicon Valley startups and NASDAQ companies. An early member of the SnapTrack management team, he built SnapTrack’s relationships with mobile operators, cell phone OEMs and mobile SoC providers worldwide. Bret became SnapTrack’s President after its acquisition by Qualcomm. He was CEO at Venturi Wireless and Kiwi Networks, and served as Synaptics’ CMO and SVP of Marketing, Business Development and Corporate Development, guiding the company into new markets and product areas, and helping grow the company from $500M to $1.6B in revenue. Earlier in his career, Bret held General Manager roles at Octel Communications and Aspect Telecommunications, where he built and led both companies’ Asia-Pacific divisions. Bret holds a BA in Biochemistry and Biological Anthropology from Harvard, an MBA from Wharton, and an MA in International Studies and Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania.
Greg is the VP of Product at oneNav. Prior to oneNav, Greg was Director of Business Development at Intel, supporting the connectivity and IOT groups, and developing Intel’s ecosystem of customers, suppliers and partners. Previously, he was Director of Business Development for the GNSS core technology team, was responsible for product strategy and helped Intel win the GNSS business at Apple. Prior to Intel, Greg spent 19 years at SiRF Technology where he led the product marketing team through multiple generations of the SiRFstar line of silicon and IP for customers such as Garmin, Nextel, Blackberry, and Toyota. At SiRF, Greg brought GNSS technology for E911 to cell phones, and worked closely with the FCC and many standards bodies to develop GNSS protocols for cellular networks from 2G to 5G. Early in his career, Greg worked in engineering at Trimble, Stanford Telecom, and the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Greg holds a BA in Physics from Cornell and an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.
25 top GNSS experts, based in Silicon Valley, guided by oneNav’s advanced research team
Dr. Norman Krasner, PhD Co-Founder/CTO at SnapTrack, inventor of Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
Dr. Lionel Garin, PhD Qualcomm, SiRF, Ashtech, Magellan, multipath mitigation and machine learning expert
Dr. Nagaraj Shivaramaiah, PhD Positioning and navigation technology expert
Dr. Mahdi Mareef, PhD Former postdoc research fellow at UC Irvine, navigation engine and machine learning expert
Dr. Cormac S.G. Conroy
Cormac has over 25 years of business, engineering and executive leadership experience in both start-ups (Berkäna Wireless co-founder, acquired by Qualcomm) and large technology companies (GM/executive at Intel and Qualcomm). He held multiple VP leadership roles at Qualcomm including oversight for cellular RF, connectivity and the entire GNSS/location portfolio.
As Corporate Vice President and GM at Intel, Cormac led all of Intel’s client/device wireless communications products, technology and business, including 4G/5G modem and GNSS location solutions. He is currently a consultant and advisor providing strategic business and technology advice to large, medium and small companies in the hardware, software, and semiconductor domains.
Cormac received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, has 32 issued US patents, and more than 20 publications in technical journals and conferences.
With over 20 years of experience in global technology and intellectual property leadership, Eric is the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Marconi LLC, a company dedicated to transforming the way that licensing is done to make it more collaborative and more efficient. In doing this, Marconi’s aim is to accelerate the sharing of new technologies to generate new uses and more value.
Prior to Marconi, Eric served as senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. There, he played a lead role in driving growth for the company’s licensing programs. Previously, Eric was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of international law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, where he chaired the global technology and intellectual property group, and was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Cooley Godward, where he led the firm’s technology transactions practice.
Eric holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and BS degrees in physics and mathematics from M.I.T., where he was named the top male scholar-athlete in his senior class.
Luis brings to oneNav more than 35 years of leadership experience in the semiconductor industry. Luis served as a senior executive at Qualcomm’s multi-billion dollar semiconductor business for 18 years. As a founding member of Qualcomm’s semiconductor business, he held the position of Senior Vice President, leading QCT’s product management, marketing, and business development through its early start to industry market share leader in semiconductor and software solutions for mobile phones, PCs, tablets and wireless infrastructure. Luis was a member of QCT’s executive team throughout his QCT career and worked closely with Qualcomm’s CEO, President and CFO.
Luis is an executive advisor for several high-tech companies, both public and private. Luis has experience as a frequent industry conference keynote speaker, including panel speakerships at CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA, and Computex. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the UC San Diego Alumni Association and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering Corporate Board of Advisors.
Luis holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, and an MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business.