How it started
In 2012, serial entrepreneur Will Graylin was running his fourth startup, the mobile payments company ROAM Data, when he became increasingly frustrated with the wired and wireless headphones he was using for important calls and entertainment. He couldn’t find one headset that could satisfy all his audio needs for different environments. His wired headphones for calls and audio books often got tangled, snagged, or knotted; his noise cancellation headphones used on flights were too bulky for normal use and fitness; and his wireless headphones lacked audio quality, comfort, or battery life, and none offered sophisticated voice command capabilities or the voice assistants he relied on to stay connected to everyday conveniences.
A serendipitous meeting with headphone expert, Brad Geswein on the campus of MIT, lead to the creation of OnVocal, setting forth a series of hardware and software innovations that culminated in the creation of OV, the most versatile and advanced headset on the market for communications, entertainment and voice commands.
“The best technology should easily connect you to your universe...”
As the team grew to include more audio experts, it became clear that OnVocal was poised to disrupt the market with a vision greater than just hardware.
Beyond sound quality, the team focused on voice quality for calls and voice commands. Integrating Alexa into OV was a first step to create a true wearable assistant designed to make OnVocal customer’s lives a bit easier, more seamless, productive and enjoyable.More on OV
Where are we headed
Our story isn’t just about wearable technology; it’s about a larger vision for making hardware and software work together to create better conversations and connections between individuals, and the businesses that serve them.
Harnessing the power and convenience of voice, and inventing better ways to interact and transact with each other, OnVocal is staying true to our roots to facilitate better conversations that build better relationships.
Help our customers build better personal and business relationships through seamless communications and commerce experiences.
What we believe
The best technology should easily connect you to your universe: your colleagues, family and friends; your favorite merchant, services or financial institutions.
Your tech should be incredibly convenient to use, so you can focus on the things that matter most.
Voice-first is a way to achieve both of the above. Our goal is to break down the barriers of disparate operating systems and make it easier to communicate and transact with each other and the companies we want to do business with.
Meet the OV Team
Will has built several successful companies in the mobile computing space. With his background in electrical engineering, computer science and psycho-acoustics (how humans perceive sound), he founded OnVocal to tackle the fundamental problems with how we hear and are heard when interacting with our smartphones and other devices.
Founder CEO of LoopPay sold to Samsung, now Global Co-GM Samsung Pay; Board of Directors Synchrony (SYF NYSE); MIT Connection Science Fellow; Founder/CEO of: ROAM Data (sold to Ingenico); WAY System (sold to Verifone); EntitleNet (sold to BEA/Oracle); MIT Dual Masters; Nuclear Submarine Officer;
Bill is a focused and driven Senior Executive with more than 25 years of experience guiding businesses to breakthrough their current state, leading to the acceleration of wealth and value. He is known for transitioning an organization out of a reactive environment to a proactive culture that drives continuous innovation.
Bill has been successful in two startup companies: InphoMatch, which sold to Sybase for $425M and Roam Data which sold to Ingenico. He has been senior executive leader for 4 public divisions with revenue from $100M to $500M: MTS-Test, MTS-Sensors, Murata Power Electronics, and KEMET-Capacitors. Bill has degrees from MIT Sloan, Northwestern University, and Purdue University.
John is responsible for all financial, accounting, treasury and corporate business development activities at OnVocal. He brings over 35 years of diverse financial management, merger & acquisition, corporate development, accounting and management leadership experiences in multiple industries; specializing in innovative & emerging technologies including social and mobile payments, telecom triple-play service, and development of some of the first major mobile phone networks outside of the U.S.
John has held C-level and senior leadership roles, and has served on the board of directors for telecommunication companies in Belgium and Czech Republic. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Brad leads hardware development at OnVocal. He completed MIT’s prestigious Leaders for Global Operations graduate program, earning dual masters degrees in engineering and business. Between Brad’s undergraduate work at Purdue University and MIT, he worked at Klipsch designing high-end headphones and also acquired deep experience in physical design, acoustics and production within other professional engagements.
Marty is responsible for growing sales and distribution channels at OnVocal. He is a 25-year veteran of consumer electronics, with deep knowledge of the audio accessories, home theater accessories and video game industries.
He’s held leadership roles at industry powerhouses such as VP of Sales for Monster Products Inc, National Sales Director for THQ and Sega, and Merchandising Director for Hollywood Entertainment. Marty graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas at Minnesota.
Courtney is responsible for brand development and marketing at OnVocal. She brings nearly a decade of experience working in integrated marketing communications for a variety of industries including commercial real estate, payments, healthcare data and financial services. Courtney earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University.
As the General Manager of OnVocal Hospitality Group, Chris is responsible for bringing SaaS geo-location messaging and offers to hotels and casinos. Chris is a true veteran of the hospitality industry, serving in several C-level and executive roles spanning decades of experience running hotel operations, creating digital advertising and marketplace intelligence software solutions for hotel marketing and booking, and overseeing direct sales and technology management.
Chris spent 20 years with Hilton Hotels Group where he developed a keen sense of what hotels want but rarely get. Coupled with his leadership roles at defining intelligent software solutions at Kaptivating Hospitality Group and Pegasus Solutions & Open Hospitality, Chris knows precisely what needs to be done to meet the needs of the hospitality industry today and in the years to come.
Andrew is responsible for driving the overall product strategy and roadmap at OnVocal, with a focus on innovation and user experience. Andrew has over a decade of experience in product and project management. Prior to OnVocal, he was Director of Product Management at ingenico, and ROAM Data where he was responsible for developing mobile and payment solutions. A UK native, Andrew holds a BS in Computer Science from Aston University.
Ed leads the development of a data infrastructure and operations platform with focus on machine learning to extract measurable value from raw data at OnVocal. He is a seasoned engineer who has successfully created an engineering organization where none existed before by building corporate systems, datacenters, and establishing software development processes to streamline workflow. Ed has designed and implemented next-gen mobile payment capability as well as a Bluetooth location-based/preference-based marketing platform that can zero in on a person to within less than a meter of accuracy; making geo-targeting and personalization a powerful reality for merchants and marketers.
Ed graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Tom currently leads automation efforts with OnVocal’s software engineering team. His passion for computers and software began with his first Atari 800 computer in 1980. With a career spanning over 25 years in technology, he’s built risk management, portfolio and securities analytics, and high transaction trading systems at large and small financial companies including Bankers Trust, Putnam Investments, Wellington Management, Whitebridge Management, Stark Investments, and Pentucket Capital Management.
Tom also led ROAM Data (now Ingenico Mobile Solutions) to become a pioneering Boston-based company that embraces “DevOps” practices, guiding his teams to initiate and implement continuous integration, deployment, automated testing, and infrastructure as code processes. Tom graduated Cum Laude with a BS degree in Economics-Finance from Bentley University, an MS degree in Finance from Boston College and an MBA degree in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris is responsible for leading and managing the software team at OnVocal. He has many years of experience building and managing engineering teams and also has over a decade of experience being a full stack developer. Chris joined his first startup in 2010 and has never looked back since.
Chris graduated with a BS in Computer Science from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Richie leads the UI/UX effort at OnVocal. He has helped startups create products for over a decade. Richie's experience with visual design and frontend engineer work makes him a veritable swiss army knife of Design.
Richie has a BFA in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and runs a UI/UX design group on Facebook.