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The idea for Zippin was born when co-founder and CEO, Krishna Motukuri, was sent out to buy organic milk for his young toddler. Finding an excruciatingly long line at his favorite store, he abandoned Plan A, and ended up buying cheap milk at the local corner store. Plan B wasn't received too well at home, and he realized that there had to be a better way.
Fast forward to today. Here at Zippin we have developed the next generation of checkout-free technology enabling retailers to quickly deploy frictionless shopping in their stores. Our patent-pending approach uses AI, machine learning and sensor fusion technology to create the best consumer experience. Our vision is to banish checkout lines and self-scanners for good, so shoppers can zip in and out with their purchases.
Zippin was founded by industry veterans from Amazon and SRI with deep backgrounds in retail technology, AI, and computer vision. We have received venture funding from some of Silicon Valley's best known firms.
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Co-founder & CEO
Krishna Motukuri is the CEO and Co-founder of Zippin, drawing on his deep retail technology, ecommerce and startup experience to lead Zippin. Most recently, he was a portfolio company CEO at Naspers Group, where he built and grew multiple e-commerce businesses in India and South Africa. Earlier in his career, Krishna spent seven years at Amazon leading teams in search, marketing, global expansion and supply chain. In 2006 he left Amazon to start Ugenie, a next-gen comparison shopping site that was acquired in 2008 by Lulu.com. Post-acquisition, Krishna assumed the role of SVP, Business Development at Lulu and established key partnerships with Apple, McGraw Hill, Google and others.
Krishna has a Masters degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and spending time outdoors with his family.
Co-founder & Chief Scientist
Motilal is the Chief Scientist and Co-founder of Zippin. Motilal was previously a principal computer scientist at SRI International, a nonprofit applied research laboratory, where he specialized in machine learning and computer vision. At SRI, he led a team of software engineers and researchers, collaborating with researchers at Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia and the University of Maryland. Additionally, he has prototyped and developed several large scale robotics and vision systems for autonomous grasping, manipulation, surveillance, biometric capture and mobility.
Motilal holds a Ph.D in Computer Vision from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He is an avid tennis enthusiast and captains several USTA teams at the club level. He also helps coach middle school robotics teams.
SVP of Engineering
Abhinav is the SVP of Engineering for Zippin. He brings more than 15 years of experience in building and launching cloud infrastructure products and services. Prior to Zippin, Abhinav was a senior product line manager for VMWare, where he created multiple services in the compute, networking, identity and monitoring space. Earlier in his career, he spent four years as a senior technical associate for Trilogy in Bangalore, developing products across multiple domains including online retail, search and insurance.
Abhinav has a Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
SVP of Store Systems
Malik brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the technology and retail industries to the Zippin leadership team. In his new role, Malik will oversee all aspects of technical systems inside customers’ stores, including Zippin’s proprietary blend of cameras and shelf sensors. He will also be responsible for shopper and retailers’ in-store experience.
Formerly Senior Director of Infrastructure and Store IT at 7-Eleven, Malik has also held roles as Director, Tax Technology & Operations, at Thomson Reuters, and Director, Garage Innovation Hub, at Capital One.
SVP of Business Development
Gary Jacobus leads Zippin's business development team. He brings decades of experience in developing comprehensive business partnerships with blue chip brands and properties around the world. Gary has created some of the most powerful and enduring partnerships in sports and entertainment during his tenures with the NFL, NBA, IMG and United States Tennis Association. Additionally, he has deep experience creating strategic alliances in the food and beverage industry leading business development for Aramark's Sports & Entertainment division and SSP America. He was also co-founder of UFood Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept.
Gary holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. In his spare time, Gary enjoys working out, running, traveling and playing various sports. He and his wife, Kira, reside in the New York area.
VP of Finance
Brian Kim is the VP of Finance at Zippin. He brings extensive experience to the role ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Zippin, Brian was VP of Finance and Business Operations at Plethora, an AI Manufacturing startup. At Plethora, Brian led the expansion from pre-revenue to serving a national customerbase. Previously, Brian worked in finance and strategy roles at Booking Holdings, Teijin Limited, and Salesforce.com.
Brian earned degrees in Economics and Music at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Interim VP of Marketing
Alice is Zippin’s interim VP of Marketing. An experienced marketing strategist and operator, her expertise includes helping startups with brand development and positioning, go-to-market strategies, demand generation, ABM, content marketing, managing web design and development, corporate communications, and public relations. As the former head of global communications for Xero, and VP of Marketing for Habit, Alice understands what it takes for high-growth companies to be successful.
To-date Zippin has secured venture funding from investors including: Evolv Ventures (Kraft-Heinz), Maven Ventures, Core Ventures Group, Montage Ventures, Lojas Americanas, Arca Continental, Docomo Ventures, Nomura Research Institute, SAP, Plexo, and Pear Ventures.
There is now an opportunity for qualified investors to participate in our next funding round via Our Crowd. Learn more here.