latakoo

latakoo is pronounced (LAT-uh-KOO).

latakoo is an end-to-end solution for the fastest, most secure transfer and delivery of large files. We specialize in video and other digital media files, but we’ll soon enable the quick transfer of many other forms of data. Our clients include the world’s largest broadcaster, television stations, production companies, and marketing firms. Based in Austin, Texas, we serve companies around the world.

Paul Adrian
CEO & Co-Founder

Paul has worked with video and big data files for his entire career and he understands the complexities of sharing those files. His experience in the broadcasting and cable industry and the contacts he nurtured through the years helped him to establish latakoo inside some of the biggest broadcasting companies. Paul has won numerous awards, including Emmys. for investigative journalism. He has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Paul Adrian
CEO & Co-Founder
Jade Kurian
President & Co-Founder

Jade has experience in all facets of broadcasting, including management, communications, and technology. Jade understands video workflow: codecs, formats, editing, transfer. She has managed news staff, coordinated crews while traveling the world, run operations, scheduled teams, and assisted in crafting budgets. Jade launched & managed the ground-up building of a news bureau for a national network. Jade has a BA from Florida State University.

Jade Kurian
President & Co-Founder
Joe Pelayo
Chief Technology Officer

Joe leads the day-to-day operations of latakoo’s technology team. He also builds and handles latakoo’s advanced compression, conveyance, and management technologies. Joe’s resume in technology includes wide ranging experience in areas from database design to software development for video encoding and application design and creation of systems across the web and enterprise platforms. He has led application development teams at video companies and content delivery networks and has been the senior software engineer on numerous critical projects for businesses and military contractors. Joe has worked in almost every type of programming, technology and development role. His talents and consummate diligence have made it possible for latakoo’s apps and web interface to do what others find nearly impossible.

Joe Pelayo
Chief Technology Officer
Richard Metzler
Director of Product Development & Video Scientist

Richard is latakoo's resident research scientist. Richard's Ph.D. efforts in Electrical Engineering are at the cutting edge of digital signal processing and information theory. Richard has developed technology that enables simultaneous compression and encryption of data, which allows latakoo to provide speedy and secure information transmission over our platform. Richard has degrees in Physics and Engineering and research experience in quantum optics, wireless power transfer, adaptive signal representation and image processing.

Richard Metzler
Director of Product Development & Video Scientist
Ryan Emmons
Customer Success Director & Lead Designer

Ryan directs the setup of new accounts and interacts daily with latakoo clients, making sure the latakoo system is working for everyone. As an artist with a keen eye for detail, she designed our management console. She has a deep understanding of how users interface with the latakoo platform and participates daily in the evolution of the design and user interface of latakoo services. Ryan has a BA in Studio Art from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Ryan Emmons
Customer Success Director & Lead Designer
Greta Yastrzemski
Customer Success Associate/Executive Assistant

Greta keeps the latakoo executive team running efficiently as executive assistant. With more than 20 years of experience in managing clients and complex schedules, Greta brings those skills and more to the latakoo team. Greta enjoys solving problems for clients who reach out to latakoo support. While she has no formal tech training, Greta says she’s proof of how easy latakoo is to learn. An avid volunteer, Greta enjoys spending time with her twin teenage boys.

Greta Yastrzemski
Customer Success Associate/Executive Assistant
Paula Hawkins
Financial Controller

Paula has divided her finance career working in both start-ups, entrepreneurial, and established businesses. She was the Finance Director for an international division of Brambles Industries where she developed the finance team, streamlined processes, evaluated capital projects, tracked KPIs and ensured compliance with internal controls and accounting standards. More recently Paula was the financial controller at a start-up, Vital-Pet, providing hands on support including the acquisition and integration of 6+ veterinary clinics. Paula began her career working as an auditor for KPMG, in Houston, Texas and later for public accounting firms based in Washington D.C. where she specialized in small business consulting and tax compliance for clients in a variety of industries. She holds dual designations as a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She received her BBA and BA from University of Houston.

Paula Hawkins
Financial Controller
Erin Cargile
Director of Content and Training

Erin is a seasoned Emmy Award-winning journalist with 16 years of digital and broadcast media experience. Long before she joined the latakoo team, Erin relied on the company’s technology on a daily basis to report for Austin’s NBC station. Erin covered the 2018 Winter Olympics for more than 100 Nexstar stations across the country, and her investigative storytelling led to policy changes and earned numerous state and national awards.

Erin Cargile
Director of Content and Training
Alex Almada
Director of Marketing

Alex is the Director of Marketing at latakoo responsible for promoting its products and services. Alex is a technology savvy marketer with over ten years of experience helping companies grow. His experience comes mostly from SaaS companies bringing a robust background in all aspects of Digital Marketing including Lead Generation, Pipeline Marketing, Email Marketing, Social Media, SEO, SEM as well as Web Development. Alex has a Bachelor's of Science in Advertising from the University of Texas as Austin and earned his Masters in Business Administration from Baylor University.

Alex Almada
Director of Marketing
Luke Hanrahan
EMEA Broadcast Specialist

Luke is an award-winning journalist with over a decade of experience at BBC News, ITN and CNN. Based in London, he is the European representative of latakoo. Luke has used the latakoo software to great success whilst working remotely as a reporter for EuroNews' flagship program 'Good Morning Europe.' A broadcast specialist who is now a prominent advocate of the opportunities provided by latakoo, Luke helps production companies and news broadcasters work faster and more efficiently. He uses the latakoo workflow model in his role as a front-line reporter, so he knows its benefits at the sharp end of journalism.

Luke Hanrahan
EMEA Broadcast Specialist
Kim Go
Chief Web Officer

Kim is an innovative and data driven solutions leader with 18 years of experience working with organizations across the various spaces in Technology. Self-driven and highly motivated, Kim has a passion for taking on complex challenges in his pursuit of excellence. From small businesses to large scale corporations, Kim has always found himself in the middle of the action. He has various technology patents and is involved in various ventures. Kim specializes in software and business development as well as security integrations. From banking software to Ecommerce to artificial intelligence programs, his work has credited applications that are still running today.

Kim Go
Chief Web Officer
Corey Ashby
Software Developer

Corey is a specialist in optimizing video compression, video processing and graphics solutions, including augmented reality and color correction. He has authored papers on 3D display using video stitching and topics on neuromorphic engineering. Corey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and earned his Master's from The Johns Hopkins University as a Harriett G. Jenkins Fellow. Besides a wide-ranging interest in engineering solutions, Corey spends time volunteering with underserved youth, helping them build confidence through sports.

Corey Ashby
Software Developer
Rajneesh Soni
Lead Video Engineer

Rajneesh Soni is an expert in the video domain. He is latakoo’s lead app developer, using his knowledge of video codecs and video processing to constantly improve the performance of the latakoo Flight app. He has designed and implemented innovative video solutions for a number of devices and platforms. Rajneesh has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India.

Rajneesh Soni
Lead Video Engineer
Kevin Jardine
Senior Web Developer

Kevin is an early pioneer of web multimedia. He has 14 years experience as a web developer and created a Webby award winning activist site with 200-thousand subscribers. He ran a global consultancy on niche social networks with clients including the United Nations, Oxfam, the Royal Society of British Architects, the University of Florida and King’s College London. Kevin has a Joint Honors Bachelor of Math in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Kevin Jardine
Senior Web Developer
Vova Kalinchuk
Senior Software Developer

Vova has more than six years of experience in commercial software development. He is the main developer of latakoo HUB and DMZ systems, automating the movement of video files from the cloud to asset management systems. Vova has developed systems for several companies, including the British Financial Exchange, where he worked with large data sets. Vova has MSc-IT from National University “Lviv Polytechnics” in Ukraine.

Vova Kalinchuk
Senior Software Developer
Gor Kotikyan
Cloud Architect

Gor is a certified AWS Architect and SysOps Administrator and has designed latakoo’s most recent cloud infrastructure to be scalable, fast and reliable. Before joining latakoo, Gor’s career as a development operation engineer, specializing in cloud infrastructures spanned commercial, financial and analytical industries. Gor has a Bachelor of Engineering in the field of Informatics and Computer Science from National Polytechnic University of Armenia and has experience in all aspects of software development from quality control, to leadership and architecture.

Gor Kotikyan
Cloud Architect
Ricardo Urbina
Database Administrator

Ricardo manages data for latakoo, helping clean, process and interpret vast databases to assist in decision-making. Ricardo started his career in information technology working for diverse industries such as public utilities, finance and insurance. He has degree in Civil Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Perú and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Ricardo believes that data is building an exciting new world and has only just begun to reveal its possibilities.

Ricardo Urbina
Database Administrator
Carolina Subotovsky
UI/UX Designer

Carolina has 15 years experience as a web developer, working with web design, user interface, user experience, and front-end development. Carolina has a Bachelors degree in Graphics Design from the University of Buenos Aires.

Carolina Subotovsky
UI/UX Designer

board of directors

latakoo’s Board consists of five directors, including the two co-founders Paul Adrian and Jade Kurian.

Christine Kornegay

Christine is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 25 years of financial and operational experience, including all areas of accounting and tax, strategic planning and forecasting, SEC reporting and technical accounting, as well as acquisition and integration planning with public companies in the wireless communications and high-tech industries. She most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller for MetroPCS during T-Mobile's acquisition of the company at an $8 billion valuation, including a $1.5 billion cash payment to shareholders.

Christine Kornegay
Jeff Eller

Jeff is the CEO and founder of crisis management firm, Jeff Eller Group. He is the former chairman of Public Strategies, which was acquired by WPP. Later, Public Strategies merged with Hill+Knowlton. Eller, who joined Public Strategies in 1994 and previously led the company’s campaigns group, was promoted to president and CEO in 2006, and chairman in 2009. Before joining Public Strategies, Eller served in the Clinton White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of media affairs and oversaw all regional and specialty media relations, as well as radio and television services. He has been involved in numerous congressional and Senate campaigns, and worked for two members of Congress.

Jeff Eller
Ben Werdmuller

Ben is Director of Investments at Matter, based in Silicon Valley. Matter invests in early stage media ventures. He is also the co-founder of Known, a software platform that creates a private, social space for internal teams. He is latakoo’s first Chief Technology Officer and has been building web applications since 1994. Prior to latakoo, he co-founded Elgg, an award-winning enterprise social networking platform used by organizations including Harvard University, the Australian government, Oxfam and the World Bank, as well as schools and non-profits around the world.

Ben Werdmuller

what's a latakoo?

Where does the name latakoo originate? A latakoo lark, or melodious lark, is a species of birds that are found predominantly in southern Africa. The latakoo can sing while in flight for long periods, soaring high with their songs. Shakespeare has noted the lark for its singing abilities. The founders of latakoo also have a personal connection, a daughter named Lark.

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