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Christian Kotscher, CEO and Founder

Christian Kotscher, CEO and Founder

Christian Kotscher founded MetroTech to change how traffic information is measured. Through this innovative work, MetroTech will help communities manage their transportation system and improve the way the world drives. His work in intelligent transportation and traffic information systems technologies spans 15 years: he created the first Smarter Cities Strategy at IBM and headed IBM’s Intelligent Transportation Solutions practice. In that role, he acted as liaison to the Intelligent Transportation Systems of America Trade Organization, the US Department of Transportation and various lobbying groups.

 

Prior to working in transportation, Christian started as Managing Director at MetLife, then worked at GE Capital IT Solutions as Project Director. His work as Practice Director at Kforce Consulting inspired him to establish a pervasive computing national practice (microchip implantation in devices for information gathering). He sold his first project to IBM, showcasing the value of this technology. This led to a 7-year tenure at IBM as Solution Sales Executive, where he oversaw large-scale sales projects in Wireless, Intelligent Transportation Solutions, and Spatiotemporal Computing.

 

Christian began MetroTech in 2012 and under his leadership it has quickly become an award-winning organization. He has spearheaded a project in Santa Clara County using existing video cameras to produce real-time data for signal timing. Christian’s innovative vision for a cloud-based, traffic-sensing network has led to better traffic management and less congestion in MetroTech’s markets.

 

He holds Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and International Business from the University of Iowa.

Denis Boulanger,  Video

Denis Boulanger, Video

Dr. Denis Boulanger works to ensure that MetroTech’s traffic technologies operate correctly and securely. He has implemented and maintained controls to prevent risk and to ensure the evolution of our technology over time. His more than 20 years’ experience in high-tech product development and his expertise in computer vision, imaging systems, and web development make him a linchpin of MetroTech’s organization. He is the founder of Real Traffic Technologies, an award-winning traffic monitoring solution. The video analytic software he has pioneered is the basis of MetroTech current real-time, lane-level traffic detection.

 

In addition to his role at MetroTech, Dr. Boulanger currently serves as Director of Research and Development at CIMMI, a college research center that helps companies develop imaging and real-time video analysis technologies with the help of over 1000 experts from various fields. He previously spent 14 years as Senior Research Engineer at INO, Canada’s leading developer of industrial optics and photonics solutions. His work there included computer vision and imaging systems in domains ranging from the wood industry to traffic control. Dr. Boulanger holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Engineering and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Computer Vision, all from the prestigious Université Laval.

Paul Valcheff, COO

Paul Valcheff, COO

Paul Valcheff is an experienced Silicon Valley executive with leadership roles in dozens of startups. He specializes in creating successful businesses from emerging and new technologies. His 15-year history in strategically growing and guiding cutting-edge tech startups has included successful exits – Bion Smartfile (to Civergy) and AppStream (to Symantec) – as well as flaming failures.

 

Paul currently serves as Mentor to several tech incubators including Flashpoint at Georgia Tech, Four Athens Tech Incubator, and Founders Institute, and as Advisor to several startups. He has engineered the development of numerous internet startups and tech businesses. His product management specialties include software-as-a-service (SaaS), on-demand services, virtualization, cloud computing, social monitoring and analytics, and healthcare. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, with a minor in Economics.

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