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Will Graylin

Executive Biography:

 

Will is an innovator and entrepreneur, having founded 6 high-tech ventures, been an executive leader and board member for Fortune 500 companies, a military officer, and is an active philanthropist. 

He is currently the Chairman and CEO of OV Loop, Inc., an Everywhere-Commerce platform (think WeChat for the Americas) providing 1-Tap or Handsfree messaging and payments for people and businesses to better interact, transact on virtually any device, anywhere. 

Will is also Chief Executive Officer at Indigo Technologies, delivering ultra efficient EVs for urban mobility, with patented breakthroughs in electric propulsion, battery management, and wireless charging.

Prior to OV Loop and Indigo, he was Global Co-GM of Samsung Pay after Samsung acquired his company LoopPay. He helped launch Samsung Pay with LoopPay’s patented MST technology, currently embedded in hundreds of millions of smartphones for universally accepted Tap & Pay experiences.

Will also founded ROAM Data, world’s largest white label supplier of Square-like mPOS solutions, which enabled millions of merchants around the world to accepted payment cards; Prior to ROAM, Mr. Graylin founded: WAY Systems, the world’s first pocket-sized mobile point-of-sale provider (acquired by Verifone); and EntitleNet, a security software company (acquired by BEA Systems/later Oracle).

He is currently serving on the Board of Synchrony Financials (NYSE: SYF, largest private label credit card issuer in the world.), and is also currently an investor/director/mentor to more than a dozen high-tech startups. He also supports non-profit organizations including ROCA (serving high risk young men and women in 21 communities in the U.S.) and Global Unites (youth movement for conflict transformation, in 13 countries).

Will immigrated to the U.S. from China at the age of 12, and he earned two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington (Electrical Engineering Computer Science/EECS and Chinese Linguistics), and earned two Masters degrees from MIT (MS EECS and MS Business). He is  currently a Connection Science Fellow with MIT Media Lab, and teaches part time at MIT on Fintech Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

His service to his country includes 6 years as a U.S. Nuclear Submarine Officer, and his family continues this tradition with one son currently in the United States Naval Academy.

Academic History - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Will Graylin at MIT

MIT Media Lab – Will Graylin is a Connection Science Fellow with MIT Media Lab.  He has also taught jointly the “Future Commerce” Media Lab course, (course MAS. S72) — both the online version and in-class version with office hours.

MIT Sloan School – He has also lectured for the “Managing in Adversity” class at the Sloan School of Management (course 15.386) 

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alfred P. Sloan School of Management, Master of Science Business Administration (1998-2000)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering/Department Computer Science, Master Degree in electrical engineering and Computer Science, MSEECS (1998-2000)
Navy Nuclear Power School, Master of Science equivalent in Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Thermodynamics, Chemical and Radiological Controls (1993)
University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Bachelor of Arts, Chinese Linguistics and Literature (1987-1992)

Corporate History

OV LOOP, Founder & Chairman – providing a platform for facilitating Conversational Commerce

2018 – Present

INDIGO TECHNOLOGIES, Executive Chairman and CEO – EVs for Scalable Urban Mobility

2019 – Present

SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL, Board Of Directors – The largest issuer of white-label credit in the U.S.

2015 – Present

SAMSUNG PAY, Inc. (Formerly LoopPay, Inc.  Acquired by Samsung in 2015) CEO, and Global Co-GM Samsung Pay – Mobile Wallet and Commerce Services Company

2012 – 2018

ROAM DATA, INC.  (Acquired by Ingenico 2012), Founder/CEO (Mobile Commerce Platform and Services Company)

2007 – 2012

WAY SYSTEMS, INC. (Acquired by Verifone), Founder/CEO (Mobile Point-of-sale services and Payment Gateway)

2002 – 2007

ENTITLENET, INC. (Acquired by BEA Systems, now Oracle), Founder CEO (Security Software Company, Access Management for Web apps)

2000 – 2001

MARBLES, INC.  (later: SKYFIRE TECHNOLOGIES), Co-Founder President (Wireless Computing Software / Internet Startup)

1999 – 2000

EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, Intern during Masters Degree at MIT.  Advance Technology Group (Wireless Computing)

1999

U.S. NAVY NUCLEAR SUBMARINE OFFICER (SSBN 728G), Line Officer – Electrical, Reactor Controls & Sonar Division Officer, Damage Controls Assistant (DCA)

1992 – 1998

IBM CORPORATION, Engineering Intern (for combined 9 months of Co-op)

1990 – 1991

Honors & Awards

Will is grateful to have the following:

  • President of Eta Kappa Nu (EE/CS Honor Society).
  • Academic Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key.
  • National Co-op Education Association’s Co-op Student of the Year 1990.
  • Awarded Four Academic Scholarships to attend U of W.
  • IBM’s Management Appreciation Award for co-inventing and implementing a new processor testing device which sped up testing more than 1000 folds from old method. Patent/Disclosures: IBM Tech Disclosure Bulletin Vol.34 No.7B, Co-author TR 07.1445
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