Full Name
Oliver Gunasekara
Job Title
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Impossible Metals
Speaker Bio
Oliver is a serial entrepreneur having founded and led 3 technology companies. His top achievements include: Co-founder of the non-profit MIPI Alliance in 2003, Sponsoring and executing the 2006 acquisition of Falanx (Mali GPU) at ARM, Growing ARM’s mobile market share from 0% to 95%, Founding NGCodec as its CEO for 7 years till its successful 5x exit to Xilinx in 2019, Founding Impossible Metals including recruiting co-founders and closing over $12M in seed funding. In 1994 he joined ARM, at the time a 60-person startup in the UK. Initially he pioneered the segment marketing activity by leading the mobile marketing team, which resulted in growing its market share from 0% to over 90%. He lived and worked in Japan for two and half years. In his last role at ARM as VP of Corporate Business Development and M&A, Oliver championed the acquisition of Falanx in 2006, whose technology (Mali) went on to become the number one shipping GPU in the world. In 2016 Softbank acquired ARM for $32 billion. In 2012, Oliver founded NGCodec, a start-up focused on next generation cloud video acceleration, leveraging programmable hardware. As CEO he raised over $15M, grew the team to ~40 people and won SaaS business with Amazon/Twitch. In 2019 the company was acquired by Xilinx data center group, returning over 5x to his investors. In 2020, Oliver founder Impossible Metals to provide responsible seabed mining and refining of battery metals, enabling the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Impossible Mining is building underwater robotics vehicles which collect battery metals from the seabed without harming the environment as well as using bacteria to refine battery metals without generating tailings.
Oliver holds a Bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Greenwich London, UK, and a Mini-MBA from the AeA/Executive Institute, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, CA, USA. He is the inventor of two video related patents.
Oliver Gunasekara