Technical founder, executive, hands on engineer, startup advisor, data scientist, public speaker
Christopher Lichti was the 4th employee and the founding technical lead of TrueCar. He helped grow TrueCar to over $1B, through multiple equity events, including a successful IPO in May 2014 (NASDAQ:TRUE). He hired teammates above and below, as well as peers to evolve TrueCar for rapid growth. He also hosts hack nights, advises and mentors startups and speaks at a variety of tech events in the Bay Area.
Christopher has hands-on technical and data science expertise, agile program management, new product development, technology operations, vendor negotiations, partner relations, and a proven track record of building foundational products increasing the appraised company value by up to $100M per product.
Christopher Lichti comes from a technology research background, having performed digital video processing research for DARPA at Carnegie Mellon University in the mid nineties, causal modeling research at UPMC's Center for Biomedical Informatics, and natural language processing (NLP) research at Claritech. He holds patents in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and financial prediction.
Patents: US 6,915,308 B1, US 8,577,736 B2
Creative innovation and drive in both technology and leadership style. Driven by empirical results.
Trusted advisor to Bay Area startups.
Deep, practical experience with Agile/XP/SCRUM across multiple, geographically diverse, integrated teams.
Triathlons, centuries, trail running, hapkido, judo, tai kwon do, aikido, bushido, won hwa do, eagle claw kung fu, fencing
Experienced public speaker on topics ranging from scaling startups, agile processes, software architecture, development best practices, ethics, and education.
18 years of applied machine learning off and on, including Natural Language Processing (NLP), vision systems, prediction, classification.
Singer and instrumentalist: taiko, shinobue, guitar, cello, hammered dulcimer, and a variety of other instruments over the years.
He is an expert polyglot, full-stack programmer, and a inclusive leader-by-example. I personally worked with him to build Clearbook.com and was astounded by how fast-moving he was even in the face of a very complex, and highly-performant system.
It is a great pleasure working with Chris at TrueCar. Chris is not only a remarkable technical leader, his analytical/statistical acumen has also been the key to successfully implementing TrueCar pricing models, price reports, sales trend, etc. He always guides the team to bring in the best practices and methodologies. Given the significant growth of TrueCar over the past two years, the scalability and robustness of the platform that Chris's team has been building is very impressive.
I have reported to Chris at TrueCar for the past year and have been continually impressed that he manages to display strong team leadership qualities while still maintaining his chops as a technologist. He has repeatedly managed to organize and/or rally existing teams to build solid, scalable products on extremely tight deadlines while simultaneously introducing best practices for everything from behavior driven testing to API versioning. To top it all off, Chris is extremely easy to get along with and his diverse personal interests result in a unique perspective on business and life.
He can dive into the deepest realms of machine learning, and lead large teams to major successes. He sets an excellent example of work quality, intelligent processes, solid workflows, leadership, and caring. He creates a culture where a multitude of voices create harmony. Amazing leader, and one of life's great people.
Chris is one of those rare individuals who is both great to work with and who understands how to enable his teams to excel at their tasks. Chris is an excellent communicator and his fair-minded approach to collaboration makes him a great asset to any software engineering endeavor. Those qualities proved invaluable to our software projects, and I very much enjoyed working with him.
Through his leadership, the R&D department was transformed into a highly productive, skilled team of programmers, quality assurance engineers, designers, systems engineers, market researchers, and more. With both counsel and hands-on instruction, he guided each team to follow industry best practices and methodologies in software development and management, enabling even less experienced engineers to produce large-scale applications to meet or exceed industry standards.