New CTO brings software and federal experience to goTenna
June 6, 2022 (BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — goTenna, the company behind the world’s most advanced, infrastructure-free, and scalable mobile mesh networks, announced today that Charlie Greenbacker was appointed the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Charlie is an 18-year technology sector veteran responsible for leading software, firmware, and quality assurance at goTenna. His cross-departmental role will also involve working side-by-side with goTenna’s team of scientists to further develop products within the goTenna roadmap.
“Charlie brings extensive technology depth and experience to goTenna,” said CEO Ari Schuler. “Having developed and deployed technologies into complex government environments in his previous roles, he will help us further strengthen and enhance our customer-driven product roadmap.
Charlie was previously the Head of Federal and Strategic Technology Programs at Snorkel AI, where he was responsible for the entire public sector business. Before that, he was SVP of Enterprise Technologies at In-Q-Tel, leading technology investments spanning AI, analytics, network infrastructure, cybersecurity, and more supporting the national security missions of several U.S. Government agencies. Earlier in his career, he served as a communications officer in the U.S. Air Force and held multiple technical roles supporting the CIA, DIA, DARPA, and other elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.
“Always-on mobile communications have truly been a game-changer for nearly every aspect of our world – from staying in touch with friends & family to coordinating life-saving tactical operations. But all too often, the centralized infrastructure upon which our communications depend becomes unavailable,” said Charlie. “I’m thrilled to join and lead such an incredibly talented team developing capabilities to enable reliable off-grid data communications for any device.”
Charlie earned an MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware and studied at the University of Oxford as an undergraduate. He now lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and their four children.
Founded in 2012, goTenna shipped two generations of consumer mesh-networking devices in 2015 and 2017 before releasing its tactical-grade goTenna Pro product line in 2018. Led by seasoned professionals with broad innovation experience at companies like BBN Raytheon, Qualcomm, and Cisco, the company is backed by venture capital investors such as Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund, Comcast Ventures, Walden Ventures, and MentorTech Ventures. goTenna currently supports over 300 law enforcement, military, and public safety agencies around the globe.