Excelfore Corporation, located in Silicon Valley, delivers solutions to enable secure networks for the automotive industry and the Internet of things.

This lets OEMs and suppliers implement standards-based, secure, and scalable networks, both in the vehicle and in the cloud.

Excelfore products include:

  • The eAVBTM protocol stack for Ethernet AVB/TSN in-vehicle networking.
  • The eSyncTM OTA updates with end-to-end security and data integrity.
  • eSync DiagnosticsTM for smart diagnostics.
  • eSync TelematicsTM for prognostics and learning system.

The founders of Excelfore have been creating in-vehicle networking software for over twenty years. You have probably ridden in, or own, a car with software written by one or more of our engineers. In 2008 Excelfore was founded to pursue our expanding vision for the capabilities and potential of both in-vehicle systems and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

Our first products went live in 2011, and we have been operating commercially in the AWS cloud ever since. We’ve expanded globally as well, with engineering centers in California, China, Germany, Japan, India, and Vietnam.

What’s It Like at Excelfore?

It’s all about technical excellence. Software, hardware, electro-mechanical interfaces, human interfaces, scalability, connectivity, security and reliability … at Excelfore you touch the whole project, not just a little piece. It’s all hands-on. Everyone is a contributor. We keep our organization flat, we work directly with our customers, we drive ourselves, we support each other, we innovate, we solve problems.

Management Team

Shrinath Acharya
CEO

Shrinath Acharya sets the strategic direction of the company and builds strong industry partnerships in the automotive industry. Under his leadership, the company has developed a unique end-to-end vision for its vehicle software solutions. Shrinath is a veteran of Microsoft, Integrated Systems, and Sonalysts, and co-founded MARGI Systems, which pioneered the delivery of infotainment headunits and in-vehicle networking in the early 2000s. MARGI Systems was acquired by Harman and was Harman’s Silicon Valley R&D center for several years. Harman was recently acquired by Samsung. Shrinath has an MBA from Wharton, an MS in systems engineering from the University of Texas, and a BSME from the National Institute of Technology in India. He holds several patents in mobile and automotive connectivity.

Shrikant Acharya
CTO

Shrikant Acharya drives the company’s technology roadmap and strategic automotive industry partnerships with automotive Tier-1 suppliers and OEMs. Under his leadership, the company leads the development of Ethernet AVB/TSN; Excelfore was the first supplier of Ethernet AVB/TSN middleware to achieve independent certification by the AVnu Alliance for both talker and listener stacks. Shrikant was a co-founder of MARGI Systems, which pioneered the delivery of infotainment headunits to several major OEMs. His prior experience includes work on teleconferencing systems at Widergren Communications, communication chips at Cirrus Logic, and development of image compressions systems at Telephoto Communications. He holds 11 patents in the areas of mobile devices, apps & services, and connectivity. Shrikant has a Bachelor’s degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India, and an MSEE from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Rich Capen
CFO

Rich Capen joined Excelfore as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Rich had worked in a similar capacity with this same management team at MARGI Systems, a multimedia systems company, helping to engineer its successful sale to Harman International. Prior to joining Excelfore, Rich was a Managing Director at VCFA Group, a pioneer in secondary private equity, a General Partner with Capstone Ventures and an associate with a small private equity firm. He holds an MBA from Wharton and a BS in Finance from Penn State.

Anoop Balakrishnan
VP, Software Engineering

As Excelfore’s technology architect, Anoop drives the development and enhancement of AVB/TSN network software, OTA update systems, automotive diagnostic software stacks and data analytics. Anoop has been developing software for automotive applications for more than fifteen years. He holds several patents for advanced compression technologies and driver assistance, among others. Prior to joining Excelfore, Anoop worked for Harman International, developing advanced software for headunits and video in vehicles.
Anoop has an MS degree from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, with a specialization in AI and robotics. When he’s not busy creating great software, he loves to hike Mission Peak and the surrounding hills, whenever time permits

Abhi Verma
VP, Cybersecurity and Cloud Engineering

At Excelfore Abhi heads up our cloud and security team, making sure that all Excelfore software is implemented to the highest standards of security against exploits. Prior to joining Excelfore, Abhi drove software quality and security development, including secure support for cloud-based services. Abhi also has cloud software and security development experience with McAfee, where he was a co-author of the McAfee Mobile Security Report. Abhi holds an EGMP degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management and BE in Information Technology from Bangalore University.

Mark Singer
Director of Marketing

Mark Singer drives market engagement programs, including demonstrations and platform efforts, and branding and promotional activities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has extensive experience in the Silicon Valley start-up environment, having worked in product marketing, strategic planning, positioning, communications, business development, IP licensing, and investor relations with numerous technology companies in semiconductors, embedded software, mobile apps, online games, and alternative energy. Mark headed corporate marketing for Magnum Semiconductor and NeoMagic Corporation, and was a co-founder of Cirrus Logic, Inc., working for that company from inception through its initial rise to more than $1Billion in annual sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Subhash Nair
VP, Business Development

Subhash is Excelfore’s primary customer-facing individual, building relationships with automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, and partners in the vehicle software industry around the world. He has extensive experience working with clients on large IT and software projects, including a long career at HCL and at Harman International. He has worked in Japan and China as well as North America and India. Subhash holds a BS degree in computers from the University of Pune, and a MBA from Berkeley.