Rajat ‘Raj’ Suri is the Founder and CEO of E la Carte. Suri, a Ph.D. student at MIT, got the idea in 2008 to build the Presto while trying to split a bill with his fellow graduate students from MIT and Harvard. To understand the restaurant industry more clearly, he decided to abandon his Ph.D. and spent a year as a waiter, testing the first prototype of the Presto with guests. Previously, he was a Co-Founder of Zimride, now called Lyft, the popular ride-sharing company. While attending university Raj served on the Board of Directors of FedS, the corporation representing the interests of the students of the University of Waterloo. Earlier, he was the Founder and President of the Forum for Independent Thought, Canada’s first student think tank. Raj holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Waterloo. He also attended a Ph.D. / MBA program at MIT. He enjoys playing tennis and soccer, and is an avid film buff.
Bill Healey is the Chief Technology Officer at E la Carte, and has been instrumental in leading E la Carte’s software and system development efforts for the past 5 years. Prior to joining E la Carte, Bill served as a software development engineer at Microsoft where he worked on P2P protocols in Windows 7 as well as wireless wide area network in Windows 8. Furthermore, Healey served as a Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bill holds an Master of Science in computer engineering, computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Randy Kies serves as Vice President, Partner Success at E la Carte. Randy has extensive experience in the restaurant and CPG industries. Prior to his tenure at E la Carte, he was President and COO of Malibu Pier Partners and SVP, Growth and Development at the Lark Creek Restaurant Group. Earlier, Randy served in a number of roles at Vino Volo, LiveOps, Inc., Black Angus, Brinker International (Chili’s), PepsiCo and Clorox. With a special focus on enhancing the restaurant guest experience and improving restaurant operations, Randy has been instrumental in managing E la Carte’s restaurant partners and leading restaurants partners to recognize significant ROI and value. Randy holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
David Wood serves as Vice President of Payments at E la Carte. David is an accomplished leader with deep expertise in mobile payments, wireless, mobile apps, mobile commerce SaaS, M2M and LBS. Prior to joining E la Carte, David served as Head of Sales, Americas at mobile payments integrator C-SAM (acquired by MasterCard). Previously, he was the Senior Director of Business Development and Lead, Payments Strategy at Qualcomm. Earlier David co-founded and served as Chief Revenue Officer and Board Member for De Carta Software, who was acquired by Uber in 2015. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in , international relations and an master’s in interactive education technology from Stanford University. An avid gardener and outdoorsman, David’s interests include civil rights, child welfare, and backpacking. He also has served as a foster parent and a court appointed special advocate (CASA) in his native Santa Cruz County.
Simon Wu is the Vice President of Finance at E la Carte. He previously served as Corporate Controller and Director of SEC/Financial reporting with Looxcie, InvenSense and Symetricomm. Simon has also served in a variety of accounting and financial management roles in the technology industry, including roles at Salesforce.com and Fair, Isaac and Company. He successfully led teams at Salesforce.com and Invensense to go through the whole IPO process. He also lead two reverse merger IPOs at Entertainment Digital Networks and Great Bear Technologies. Currently he serves as Board of Director for the Multi-Culture Education Center in Hayward, CA. Simon earned his MBA degree specializing in finance and accounting with Armstrong University at Berkeley, CA and holds a Bachelor of Arts from South China University in Guangzhou, China.