General Manager, North America search for Hailo Technologies
Hailo, an edge AI, Israel-based chipmaker, has developed a specialized deep learning processor that delivers the performance of a data center-class computer to edge devices. Hailo’s AI processor is the product of a rethinking of traditional computer architecture, enabling smart devices to perform sophisticated deep learning tasks such as object detection and semantic segmentation in real time with minimal power consumption, size and cost. The deep learning processor is designed to fit into a multitude of smart machines and devices, impacting a variety of sectors including automotive, industry 4.0, smart cities, smart homes and retail. The company was founded in 2017 by members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite technology unit.
Having worked for countless founder-led startups both in the US and abroad over the years, Calibre One was eager to kick off this exciting search in a hyper-competitive sector (semiconductor and edge computing) knowing the hunt for talent would be fierce amid a pandemic and entering the 2020 holiday season.
As standard operating procedure at Calibre One, David Madden and Aanand Varanasi used a two-partner approach, doubling the bandwidth to reach the right contacts. They narrowed down the target company list to those with similar offerings such as NVIDIA, Intel, NXP, Renesas and Xilinx, focusing specifically on individuals with a background in similar products to Hailo’s. After the initial outreach, 25 candidates were interviewed virtually, and the team presented a short list of eight qualified and interested candidates to Hailo within one month. They utilized Calibre One’s broad HR knowledge, extensive professional network and technical expertise to pinpoint and execute exactly what Hailo was looking to achieve.
Calibre One’s exhaustive research and deep relationships at Xilinx ultimately led them to identify, recruit and place Dean Westman within 100 days. He is a veteran sales and business development leader with a proven track record of scaling businesses in both complex chip companies and more recently in edge computing startups.