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Skully Helmets Inc

Iron Man for the everyman - consumer ready Augmented Reality helmets for the $10 Billion head protection and accessory markets.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Mobile
  • Location San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded February 2013
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

Founded in Silicon Valley in 2013, Skully’s human-centered approach to engineering has led to Skully AR-1, the first vertically integrated smart Augmented Reality motorcycle helmet. Skully’s award-winning Synapse™ technology platform enhances awareness of its users by linking advanced optics to an intelligent network of cameras, sensors, and microprocessors. Addressable verticals include cycling, military, police, snow sports, and aviation.


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    Mike Turquette
    Head of Software

    Mike joined Skully in 2013. Prior to Skully, he was a senior software engineer at Texas Instruments. He is an expert embedded software developer for mobile Linux devices and has shipped several million devices running his code.

    Mike earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas and has an avidity for driving emerging technologies and standards.

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    Andrew Schirmer
    VP, Design

    Andrew joined Skully in 2013 and leads industrial design and mechanical engineering. He has expertise in high precision electro-mechanical integration. Prior to Skully, Andrew was a mechanical engineer at Boston Scientific and a design engineer at Plexus.

    Andrew earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was heavily involved with the Formula-SAE racing team.

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    Mitchell Weller
    Director, Business Management

    Mitchell joined Skully in 2013. He has held Director positions in Human Resources, Operations, and Materials Logistics and served in the US Army.

    Mitchell holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has a deep affinity for two-wheeled locomotion.

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    Dipak Patel
    Adjunct Scientist

    Dipak joined Skully in 2013. He was central to the development of advanced Heads-Up Display for military aircraft in the defense sector before his transition to Philips and later Nokia. There he drove product development for several high volume consumer product initiatives.

    Dipak holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from the University of the Southbank, England and his M.S. in Engineering Physics from John Carroll University.

  • Marcus founded Skully Helmets in February of 2013. Prior to Skully, Marcus was a management consultant and Industrial Psychologist in the Automotive and Semiconductor industries. He also assisted research on Intelligent Transportation Systems at the University of Minnesota.

    Marcus holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology. He is a motorcycle enthusiast with an obsession for human-centered technology and design.

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    Acting COO/CFO

    20 years of operations and finance experience. Most recently was co-founder and COO of Topsy Labs, which developed the world’s largest search index of Twitter, acquired by Apple in 2013.

    Prior to Topsy: President of Cloudmark where he worked to successfully commercialize the world’s largest collaborative messaging security platform. CFO of numerous companies including Liquid Audio (IPO 1999), and Berkeley Systems (acquired by Cendant).


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    Tom Thomas, Pillsbury Winthrop

Previous Investors

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    Gary Rubens
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    Calum MacRae
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    Topsy Executives (Acquired by Apple)