About Us

It all started with three data scientists in Switzerland.

They wanted to unlock the full potential of data on human mobility and improve our understanding of how the world around us moves.

Our Story

Towards understanding how the world moves.

In 2012 at ETH Zürich, one of the world’s top technical universities, a group of minds came together to solve one of the most challenging problems in big data – translating billions of telecom signals into a better understanding of human behavior.

By uncovering patterns in aggregated cell tower signal data, our data scientists discovered they could unlock powerful insights on human mobility with the potential to improve the way we understand the world around us. By combining these powerful insights with other first-party data sources, we are creating real-time, actionable intelligence on how the world moves.

With the exploding growth of cities worldwide, our technology provides an invaluable tool to more efficiently organize and develop cities and transportation networks to directly benefit society.

Leadership

Management team

We all share a deep passion for data and the goal of understanding human behavior on a global scale.

Alastair MacLeod CEO
Alastair MacLeod is a sales-driven technology business leader. A graduate of the University of York and the London Business School, he has a wealth of experience in data services, telecommunications and platform software. Prior to joining Teralytics, Alastair held positions at a range of private equity backed technology companies and global telcos. These included CEO of EurotaxGlass’s, managing director at Solera and the UK vice president of business services with Orange.
Georg Polzer Co-Founder, CPO, Chairman
Chairman and CPO Georg Polzer co-founded Teralytics with fellow ETH Zürich graduate Luciano Franceschina and Prof. Donald Kossmann and led the company to its international scale. He’s responsible for Teralytics’ product strategy and vision. Georg received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in information studies from ETH Zürich. Prior to founding Teralytics, he worked at Accenture India in Bangalore and a major global bank. Georg was recently listed in "Forbes 30 Under 30" as a rising star in enterprise technology.
Luciano Franceschina Co-Founder, CTO
Luciano Franceschina is CTO and co-founder of Teralytics. He grew and led Teralytics’ elite engineering and data science team across three continents and is responsible for the technology powering our analytics platform. Luciano graduated from ETH Zürich with a master’s degree in computer science, and completed his master’s thesis in natural language processing at NYU. Prior to co-founding Teralytics, Luciano worked as a software engineer and was president of ETH juniors, the junior enterprise of ETH Zürich.
Robin Williamson VP Engineering
VP Engineering Robin Williamson leads Teralytics’ engineering department. Robin previously worked as an engineering director at Google's Research and Development Center in Zürich. Prior to that, he worked at U.S. software startups in executive roles and began his career at IBM. Robin received a bachelor’s degree in computing and electronics from the University of Durham in the U.K. and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cambridge University.

Advisors & board members

Our board members and advisors are experienced technology leaders and share our passion.

Donald Kossmann Co-founder
Donald Kossmann co-founded Teralytics. Prior to that, Donald was a professor at ETH Zürich's Computer Science department, ranked No. 1 in the world by Times Higher Education. In 2015, Donald started working as a principal researcher for Microsoft and in 2017 was appointed director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Redmond, Washington.
Yann de Vries Board Member
Yann de Vries is a London-based partner at Atomico, where he focuses on the sourcing, evaluation, negotiation and due diligence of new investment opportunities globally. He joined Atomico from Redpoint e.ventures (RPeV), one of the leading venture capital funds in Brazil, where he was a managing director and co-founder. Yann holds a master of science in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Angelica Kohlmann Advisor
Angelica Kohlmann is co-founder and chairman of Kohlmann & Co AG, a family holding based in Zurich with a focus on tech and biotech investments globally, as well as the cutting-edge intersections of both. Angelica serves on several boards and is Teralytics’ first investor. Before, she was an investor in a biotech fund, with several successful exits. Prior to this Angelica held different operational and staff positions in the pharma and biotech industries and worked in cancer research in the US. Angelica holds a PhD in Medicine from Hamburg University.
Dharmash Mistry Board Member
Dharmash Mistry is a general partner at Lakestar. A seasoned entrepreneur and venture capital investor, Dharmash has served on a range of blue chip boards including the BBC Executive Board, Dixons Retail PLC and Hargreaves Lansdown PLC. His prior operational experience includes eight years as group managing director of Emap Consumer Media as well as roles at The Boston Consulting group and Procter & Gamble. Dharmash holds a Master of Engineering in engineering, economics & management from Oxford University.
Alexis Dormandy Advisor
Alexis Dormandy is an advisor at Teralytics and a partner at Atomico. He was a founding director at both Virgin Mobile and Virgin Active, and sat on their boards for several years. Alexis subsequently became VP consumer and chief marketing officer at Orange. Alexis has also been executive chairman for multiple digital businesses and is currently chairman of Wattbike, the world's most advanced indoor bike.
Jeff Levick Advisor
Jeff Levick is CEO at The Players' Tribune and the current executive-in-residence at Greylock Partners. Before he joined the Teralytics board, Jeff was chief revenue officer at Spotify for five years and president of global communication and strategy at AOL for two years. He also served as Google’s vertical markets director (EMEA) and vice president of industry development and marketing (Americas). Jeff graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.

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