Jon Barad is VP of Business Development at Velodyne Lidar where he leads efforts to engage and develop strong partnerships with companies in emerging autonomous markets, including robotics, drones, trucking, smart cities, security, and more.
In this role, he works closely with the ecosystem to help fuel its growth. To enable this mission, he established and leads the Company’s Automated with Velodyne partner program which is aimed at providing business development support, marketing assistance, and technical support to partner companies.
Jon worked previously in executive leadership roles at EDGE3 Technologies – a computer vision company, and Recommind where his work initiating and defining the partnership with OpenText ultimately led to its successful acquisition. Prior to that, Mr. Barad managed NVIDIA’s corporate venture investment program, and was a founding member of the GeForce Now and GRID cloud streaming business units.
Jon’s career started in Venture Capital at ITU Ventures, leading him to co-found OrganicID, which was subsequently acquired by Weyerhaeuser for its 3D printing technology.
Jon holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.