Helios on Republic 2022 – KingsCrowd



Helios co-founder and CEO Sean Austin got his bachelor’s degree in information technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to founding Helios, Austin acted as the co-founder and CEO of Motalen, where he worked on product development projects in the mobile domain for two and a half years. He later worked in marketing for a few years at Tunigo and Marketing Wiz. He also had multiple experiences as a product manager at Spotify, Fueled, Klarna (where his role involved assessing machine-learning platforms), and Kaspien. Austin also spent about two years overseeing software at nfrastructure, an IT company, and then became the chief product officer at aptihealth. Given his extensive business and marketing background, Austin seems to have the skills to lead Helios. He also seems to have solid leadership skills, considering he has been in C-level positions multiple times. 

Second co-founder and CSO Gerwin Schalk, on the other hand, has deep experience in neuroscience. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Graz University of Technology. He then pursued his master’s degree in information technology and his PhD in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Schalk co-founded Neurolutions to develop a brain-based stroke rehabilitation device. He also gained more than 20 years of experience in the voice processing and machine learning space by conducting neuroscience and neuroengineering research at Wadsworth Center. Multiple news outlets and books have spotlighted Schalk’s research, as mentioned in the company’s raise page. 

Since one co-founder has extensive managerial skills and the other is an industry expert, Helios has a very solid team. Furthermore, Helios has nine team members spread across technology, sales, strategy, and marketing. The team seems perfectly balanced on both its business and technology sides. All in all, the company’s co-founders have stellar track records, and they have successfully built a lean yet sturdy team.