Our leadership includes experienced innovators and world-class technical subject matter advisors, including a leading AI expert as our CTO and leading geographers on our technical advsiory board. An ex-IBM Master Inventor and one of a few key inventors on numerous IBM patents covering IBM's Watson AI technologies is our CTO, and we are led by Lee Hancock, who successfully launched go2, the world's first and for several years dominant mobile, local search and directory service on virtually all major U.S. carriers. Read on for more . . .
Lee Hancock, Co-Founder and CEO
Lee is a serial inventor and technology entrepreneur/operator with particular emphasis on location information delivered over mobile devices with over 30 issued patents in the fields of mobile, local search, AI-enabled communications and services, real-time micro-location information, and real-time permission based privacy.
He was the founder of go2, which launched the world’s first and dominant mobile, local directory, search and information service for the first several years of the mobile web, ultimately serving billions of page views of mobile, local search results, information and directions to over two million monthly unique users for several years. go2 also powered the first few years of Microsoft's mobile local search platform for wireless carriers and MasterCard's MasterCard Nearby local search App. While at go2, Lee raised several rounds of institutional venture capital and/or strategic financings and obtained dozens of the biggest brands in the world as customers, sponsors and strategic marketing partners (including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Wyndham, Purina, Acura). Lee also established key strategic technology alliances with leading technology companies like Amdocs and Verisign and serviced all of the major U.S. based wireless carriers.
Lee is also a co-founder of inBuilding Systems Corp., a managed IT services provider working with owner/operators of Class A office buildings to provide high-end integrated services for SMB tenants. Lee is a CPA, a member of YPO/WPO, and a member of Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame. Lee is especially proud of being a very early member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Community Foundation, which he helped grow from $800,000 in assets when he joined the Board to over $100 million during his 10-year tenure. Prior to inventing and pioneering mobile, local search and mobile maps and directions, Lee was a prominent corporate tax, VC, and and finance attorney and partner with two major law firms, what is now Husch Blackwell in Kansas City and Allen Matkins in California, where he served as the chair of the corporate law department.