Apps for Everyone

Love the phone you’re with

Facebook, Google, Twitter…. the companies and content we’re connected to online are essential for staying in touch and getting things done. That's why we developed Shorthand, to give easy, affordable mobile access for everyone.

Management Team

  1. John McDonough - CEO and Founder

    John McDonough CEO and Founder

    John is the CEO and founder of Shorthand Mobile. He has been at the vanguard of mobile technologies since the birth of CDMA technology at Qualcomm in the early 90’s, having served in both strategic and operational roles. Prior to founding Shorthand in 2006, John was General Manager of the CDMA Chipset Business Unit of Texas Instruments where he directed the product marketing, business development and product development efforts for TI's CDMA chipset solutions. John was also a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at TI and directed the development of TI’s first WCDMA baseband SOC.

    John also co-founded and served as Vice President of Engineering for Dot Wireless, helping to drive the growth of the company to a $475M acquisition by Texas Instruments in 2000.
    Prior to Dot Wireless, John was Director of Engineering for NextWave Telecom, Inc. and an engineering manager at QUALCOMM, Inc. from 1987 to 1996. At QUALCOMM John led the development of their proprietary DSP solutions from initial concept through two generations and he also led the development of the first CDMA basestation modulator chip which was part of the pioneering 5 chip set that signaled the commercialization of CDMA in the early 1990s.

    John is also a Venture Partner with iSherpa Capital, a VC firm investing in wireless products and technologies. John serves on the advisory boards of three technology companies. He is a named inventor on 36 issued and 11 pending patents in the area of wireless communications and systems, holds a Master of Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and has completed the Executive Program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

  2. Craig Braun - Director Business Development, the Americas

    Craig Braun Director Business Development

    Craig leads business development for Shorthand Mobile. Prior to that, Craig served as Senior Consultant with BearingPoint. During his 6 years with Bearing Point, Craig was the engagement lead on business, finance and project management projects. Craig created a new venture business case combining consumer photography, entertainment and the Internet while with Hewlett-Packard’s New Business Development group. He has also served as a Business Development and marketing consultant to technology ventures in Southern California.

    Craig came to Shorthand Mobile after completing his MBA with the inaugural class of UCSD’s Rady School of Management. He also received his B.S. with Distinction from UCSD.

  3. Surendranath Chandranath - Development Manager, India

    Surendranath Chandranath Development Manager, India

    Suren has 13 years experience in architecting business critical enterprise software solutions and consumer software products. He has consulted on technology strategy for Global 500 organizations including Vodafone, France Telecom, BNP Paribas, Swiss Re and various high-tech startups during his 11 years with Infosys Technologies.

    Suren has undergraduate and master's degrees in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

  4. David Chang - Development Manager, US

    David Chang Development Manager, US

    David Chang is Development Manager for Shorthand Mobile. David has more than 10 years of experience in cell phone software development. Prior to Shorthand David was the Director of Physical Layer Cellular Software Development at Texas Instruments. As director, David was responsible for managing more than 35 engineers developing software to control TI's WCDMA chipset solution. David was also elected to the technical ladder while at Texas Instruments. Before Texas Instruments David was a software developer at Dot Wireless and CommQuest Technologies.

    David received his BSEE and MSEE from The University of Michigan.

  5. Prashant Kantak - Business Strategy

    Prashant Kantak Business Strategy

    Prashant is a venture advisor and investor. He started and led QUALCOMM Ventures, a $500M global strategic investment fund, overseeing 50+ investments over six years. During his 16 years at Qualcomm, he has been responsible for corporate strategy, business development, partnerships and M & A.

    Prashant holds 3 patents, and his BSEE, MSEE and MBA degrees from Cornell.

  6. Sue Lueder - Project Manager

    Sue Lueder Project Manager

    Sue Lueder is a project manager and leads the QA team for Shorthand Mobile. She has 15 years experience in telecommunications software and systems development, quality management, and project management at Qualcomm, Ericsson Wireless, and Texas Instruments, building high performing teams and driving projects to completion. Sue is also the co-inventor of a Qualcomm-held patent.

    Sue has her B.S. in Physics from UCSD, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and recently completed her M.S. in Organizational Development at Pepperdine University.

  7. Fernando - Mattos Business Development, Latin America

    Fernando Mattos Business Development, Latin America

    Fernando leads business development for the Latin American market, starting with his home country of Brazil. Prior to Shorthand,he was the customer-facing technical expert for NextWave Wireless’ 4G products. In this strategic role he evangelized the products, supported customer initiatives in Asia and led competitive analysis. He began his careerat Dot Wireless and Texas Instruments, quickly advancing through a series of technical and leadership positions. This culminated in his overseeing the hardware architecture definitions of complete 3G solutions to NTT DoCoMo and Motorola.

    Fernando holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

  8. Raj Oswal - Director Business Development, India

    Raj Oswal Director Business Development, India

    Raj Oswal was involved with Shorthand from its inception and spent the first few years forming and managing the Indian Development operations based in South India. He now leads Business Development for the Indian region. He divides his time between San Diego, and various cities throughout India. He has been an early participant in three web-centric start-ups in the Silicon Valley, as well as a Regional Manager for the PDA division of Sharp Electronics, Japan.

    Raj obtained his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and his B.S. at UCSB/ UCR.

  9. Forrest Wright - Marketing and Communications

    Forrest Wright Marketing and Communications

    Forrest heads up marketing and communications for Shorthand Mobile. Forrest has worked with clients both big (PETCO, the University of California) and small (Transcend Creative Group, Education Systems) to create memorable campaigns and messages that stick with their audience. Though firmly planted in the clouds, he’s a pragmatist when it comes to implementation. He developed this ambidextrous talent while producing feature films, television, video and live events for the likes of Warner Bros., Intel, SAP and Bristol-Meyers Squibb.

    Forrest received his MBA from the Rady School of Management at UCSD.

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