Company Profile

We design, manufacture and market consumer products — including recreational and commercial drones, smart wearables and innovative mobile accessories for smartphone and camera users. We try to identify opportunities where users can benefit from new technology, identify the gaps and areas that can be simplified and enhanced, and develop these opportunities into products. Since 2012, we have sold and shipped over 1.7 million units of our products to consumers worldwide.


Leadership

Michael Faro

Michael Faro

President, CEO

Michael’s ambition at Mota since 2003 has been to create a company that is role-model not by size, but by simplifying the technology in people’s lives. From drones to smart wearables and innovative technologies including Virtual Reality, IoT, Robotics, his message has been to “think different” by making products that are Simple to Use, Beautifully Designed, and Innovative so everyone can benefit from them. His background includes variety of management and technical roles in companies of all sizes, both private and public companies, including Intel Corporation and Siemens AG, in various responsibilities including Strategic Planning, Negotiation, Manufacturing, Government, Supply Chain Management, Overseeing the Industry Growth, and Foreseeing Changes in Consumer demand. Michael is member of FAA’s Unnamed Aircraft Safety Team Panel, in charge of working with FAA to develop Drone Safety Regulations in the United States. He has decades of experience in the financial industry and publications in a number of areas, and speaks regularly to public news media including Bloomberg and CNBC, and technical panels including at Stanford University, and tradeshows worldwide such as CES, Shanghai Consumer Electronic Show, and World Drone Expo.

Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs

Board of Directors

A highly experienced corporate and securities lawyer, investment banker, and entrepreneur, Mr. Jacobs is Founder and President of CorpFin Management Group, which provides business development, strategic planning, and corporate management services, and he serves as a director and in management roles at Worthy Financial, Wheelchair Fitness Solution, and Safer Science Technologies. Between 2018-2015 he was Director, Advisory and Corporate Services, at ViewTrade Securities and head of the Advisory Services Group at Mediterranean Securities/Forge Financial Group. In 2009 he founded As Seen on TV, consumer products distribution company specializing in infomercials, where he led several rounds of financing and merger with a public company. Before that, he founded Capital Growth Financial and served in international brokerage and investment companies, including GlobalNet Financial, Ladenburg Thalmann, and Josephthal & Co. He has a .J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. from Franklin & Marshal College.

Lily Ju

Lily Ju

Chief Product Officer

Lily oversees all product manufacturing, working closely with MOTA’s manufacturing and design firms to ensure that all work meets design specifications. With a strong financial and management background, Lily has previously worked as a consultant for companies in Canada and United States undertaking product development in Asia. She has successfully managed more than 200 products from beginning to end.

Alex Ruckdaeschel

Alex Ruckdaeschel

Board of Directors

With extensive background in the financial industry worldwide, is co-founder and/or partner in senior management of various companies. He co-founded Herakles Capital Management and AMK Capital Advisors in 2008 and is currently the Chief Financial Officer of PainQX. From 2002 to 2006, he was a partner with Alpha Plus Advisors and with Nanostart AG, an European investment company specializing in clean tech and small-cap equities worldwide. Mr. Ruckdaeschel also serves as a member of board of directors of Electronic Recyclers international, Inc., Nuviant Medical, Inc., and Vuzix Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI). Mr. Ruckdaeschel also has significant experience as manager of the DAC Nanotech Fund and DAC Biotech Fund where he worked from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at Dunmore Management, focusing on intrinsic value in identifying companies that were undervalued and had global scale potential.

Dave Horin

Dave Horin

Financial Advisor, CPA

Current Managing Partner of Chord since June 2012, provides accounting advisory services, SEC reporting advisory services, and IPO-readiness services. While at Chord, Mr. Horin has gained extensive experience in financial accounting and SEC reporting for complex business transactions and issues arising from the application of existing or proposed financial accounting guidance. From March 2008 to June 2012, Mr. Horin was the Chief Financial Officer of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc., a full-service investment bank dedicated to providing corporate finance, strategic advisory, sales and trading and related services to public and private companies across multiple sectors and regions. From March 2003 through March 2008, Mr. Horin was the Chief Accounting Officer at Jefferies Group, Inc., a full-service global investment bank and institutional securities firm focused on growth and middle-market companies and their investors. Prior to his employment at Jefferies Group, Inc., from 2000 to 2003, Mr. Horin was a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in New York, where he advised firm members and clients on technical accounting and risk management matters for a variety of public, international and early growth stage entities. Mr. Horin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Baruch College, City University of New York. Mr. Horin is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Marjorie Bailey

Marjorie Bailey

Audit Committee Chair

Ms. Bailey, Board of Directors, previously served as audit partner at Marcum LLP from June 2004 to October 2013. She has been an adjunct professor at UC Berkley Extension since September 2013, Chief Financial Officer of Elder Care Alliance Senior Living since November 2013, and Audit Committee Chair of League of Women Votes of United States since October 2016 and California since November 2011. She also worked at Marcum LLP from November 1990 to May 1996. Among other qualifications, Ms. Bailey brings to the Board a strategic and results-oriented agenda, as a Finance Executive with extensive history implementing efficient and cost-effective business practices that generate revenue growth, profitability and strengthen company operations. Ms. Bailey received her BS in Accounting from San Jose State University in 1984.

Events

CES Asia 2018
June 12-15

 

IFA 2018
Aug 31 – Sep 5

CES Las Vegas
January 9-12

 

toyfair2017Toy Fair New York
February 18-21 | Booth # 5947

 

World’s Fair NanoWF Nano
January 28-29

 

ces17CES Las Vegas
January 5-8 | Booth # 44342


aerialpathways111Aerial Pathways
October 22, 2016
Skyline College, San Bruno, Calif.

 

ifab2b_layout_images_logoIFA Berlin
September 4-9 | Booth 16
TecWatch Hall 11.1

 


hiller_logo_2Day of Drones, Hiller Aviation Museum
San Carlos, Calif.
August 27

 

mota event icon 3CES Asia, Shanghai
May 11-13, 2016 | Booth 1724

 

new york toy fair 2016 resized correctToy Fair New York
Feb 13-16, 2016 | Booth 4989

 

mota event icon 3International CES
January 6-9, 2016
Sands Expo, Booths 72749 & 72753

ftp resized 2Fall Toy Preview, Dallas
Oct 6-8, 2015 | Booth 13-3331

 

mota event icon 3CES Asia, Shanghai
May 25-27, 2015 | Booth N1C68

 

mota event icon 3CES 2015
January 6-9, 2015 | Booth 70658

mota event icon 2See MOTA in the WIRED Store!
December 11 – December 21, 2014
New York City

 

mota event icon 2Rewrite: A First-Hand Look at the Future
Monday, November 10, 2014

 

mota-icon-event-1Wearable Tech Fashion Show
Monday, October 20, 2014

 

mota-icon-event-1IFA International, Berlin, Hall 11.1, Stand 24
September 5-10, 2014

 

mota event icon 2TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital
Friday, August 1, 2014

 

mota event icon 3CES 2014
January 7-10, 2014 | Booth 52009

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