A former Entrepreneur in Residence at MIT’s Martin Trust Center and active startup advisor, Catharina Lavers Mallet brings a wealth of experience building and scaling innovative products and businesses across sectors. She was most recently Head of Consumer Wearables, Software Experiences and Bose AR at Bose, where she led the digital transformation strategy for the company’s largest division. She was previously Chief Operating Officer at Talla, an AI based communication and knowledge management startup, and served in executive product and general management roles at gaming pioneers Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts) and King Digital (acquired by Activision). Before receiving her MBA at MIT Sloan, she was a Vice President at Algorithmics (acquired by IBM).
"As an operations and scaling expert, we are confident Catharina will contribute heavily to not only guiding but also bolstering Resonado’s growth – our team is thrilled to welcome her," says Brian Youngil Cho, Resonado Co-Founder and CEO. "With her experience at startups with emerging technologies that have achieved successful exits, and with her recent experience at Bose Corporation as the head of Consumer Wearables, Catharina brings in a unique perspective. She understands what it takes for a company to find product-market fit, what it takes to launch and scale that product, and has a deep understanding of the strategic decision-making required to make all of this happen successfully while maintaining sustainable growth."
"I am thrilled to support Brian and the Resonado team as they disrupt the status quo in speaker performance and design," says Mallet. "I have consistently been impressed by their focus, persistence, and agility and look forward to joining them on this journey."
Key Moment for Resonado
The Resonado team welcomes Mallet just as the company has taken a pivotal step towards introducing their proprietary speaker technology to the automotive and consumer electronics industries by signing licensing agreements with major manufacturing and design players Soundlab and Zylux.
Resonado's Flat Core Speaker (FCS) design introduces a novel electrodynamic speaker driver type with a low-profile structure and high aspect ratio diaphragm that enables unprecedented product design innovations without compromising sound performance. The novel electrodynamic loudspeaker design combines a bar magnet and planar voice coil assembly mounted perpendicularly to a flat high aspect ratio diaphragm, as opposed to the conventional cylindrical voice coil and magnet assembly coupled with a conical diaphragm. This enables the creation of shallow, high aspect ratio transducers with even force distribution along the entire diaphragm.
Resonado is focused on licensing its speaker technology to brands and manufacturers. Developed to be completely scalable, FCS technology can be implemented in products ranging from consumer electronics, to vehicles, to architectural spaces.
"The global automotive industry is by and large the behemoth most audio technology companies seek to penetrate," says Brian Cho. "A move that would have otherwise taken us years to achieve, we will be able to do in a fraction of that time thanks to our partnership with Soundlab. We're excited that we’ll be pursuing the home audio market together as well, which has been growing at a remarkable pace. By marrying Resonado’s cutting-edge technology with Soundlab’s substantial manufacturing capacity, we’re confident in making a significant impact on innovation in the audio industry."
"The automotive industry is undergoing a lot of changes in the global transition to electric vehicles,” adds Jack Peng, Soundlab CEO. "With these changes comes the desire to rethink the internal design of vehicles to meet new demands. FCS technology frees designers from being limited to traditional speaker placement and allows for more flexible positioning, resulting in the ability to provide a more immersive audio experience. In addition to the automotive market, it’s also a perfect fit for home audio products, as it allows us to explore creative designs without compromising sound quality. We are excited to be able to provide a refreshing component upgrade that can open a new world of possibilities for these industries."
FCS-enabled products through Soundlab are expected to launch mid to late 2021 in the automotive and home audio markets, with products across the entire spectrum of the audio industry expected to follow soon after.