Laila Danielsen, CEO of Elliptic Labs is nominated by Aoife Kimber
Laila Danielsen, Chief Executive Officer at Elliptic Labs, has developed a reputation as an executive who drives change and brokers successful deals. Working in the competitive, challenging world of consumer electronics in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Danielsen has disrupted smartphone design by introducing Elliptic Lab’s ultrasonic technology into the fastest selling smartphone in China, the Xiaomi MIX. Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY ultrasonic proximity sensor technology is behind Xiaomi’s first, bezel-less smartphone and sets the standard for a completely new design trend in 2017. Danielsen was also behind launching technology such as Multi Layer Interaction ultrasonic technology for smartphones and the first SDK for touchless gesturing.
At Elliptic Labs, her charter was nothing less than helping to reinvent the way people interact with consumer electronics. Since taking the helm at Elliptic Labs in 2013, Danielsen has built an 40-person strong team, ensured ample private funding for the company, and brokered successful deals with top-tier blue-chip companies including Knowles Electronics, Xiaomi, Qualcomm etc. She also expanded Elliptic Labs’ global footprint, opening one office in San Francisco, two in China (one in Beijing and another in Shanghai).
Due to her exceptional leadership skills and strong customer focus, Danielsen spent three productive years as VP of Sales at HotLink Corporation ($10M funding), a privately held, venture-capital backed company based in Sunnyvale, California. It was started in early 2010 by data center software veterans from FastScale Technology, Inc. (acquired by VMware).
As VP of FastScale Technology ($12M funding), a provider of software virtualization and provisioning solutions for enterprise-class Web farms and data centers, she built and implemented the sales strategy from the start-up stage (1/2006) through the eventual acquisition by EMC/VMware.
Danielsen started her career as a professional international soccer star playing as a midfielder in Japan. She was born in Norway and now resides in the US.
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