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New search (now completed): PolySync President

Founded in 2013, PolySync Technologies has a driving mission to advance the state-of-the-art of software functional safety by delivering products built from the ground up to enable safer autonomous vehicles. 

PolySync is developing Helios, a safety-critical runtime for production-bound autonomous vehicles (w/a focus on Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy systems). This safety-critical product is the primary focus of PolySync’s near and long-term future. Helios provides a high-assurance hardware abstraction layer for hosting AV applications, as well as a high-assurance resiliency abstraction layer which orchestrates hardware and software to manage faults, so that the future world of high-utilization, fail-operational autonomous vehicles can be realized. 

In addition to Helios itself, PolySync is also pushing the state-of-the-art on both the safety-certifiable software development lifecycle and the level of rigor and assurance that can be provided and proven for its capabilities. Because in this environment of unprecedented safety-criticality – replacing a human with software as the primary liability in a vehicle – how it’s made is as important as what is made. As part of PolySync’s transition from a purveyor of R&D enablers to production-bound safety-critical platforms the entire company has been through ISO 26262 training. All of Engineering, Product, and part of Business Development also went through qualification to become Automotive Functional Safety Professionals. 

Helios is the result of learning from two significant phases of autonomous vehicle R&D. 1) PolySync Core enables early-stage development by providing a high-fidelity data recording platform which captures extremely high-bandwidth data from autonomous vehicle sensor suites and makes it available for training machine-learning models offline. Core has established a footprint in the market of nearly 80 paying customers (e.g. Toyota, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Intel, Ford, Harman, GM, and others) and the deep use case and technology insights that resulted from that level of engagement continue to inform PolySync’s product strategy and roadmap. 2) PolySync DriveKit is a by-wire control interface which provides a method for computer control of current-model production vehicles (e.g. Kia Soul EV & Kia Niro). Built upon PolySync’s Open Source Car Control project (OSCC), DriveKit is currently in-use as an enabler for companies testing their autonomous driving ML-models, teleoperation solutions, and is a central component of TÜV SUD’s scenario-testing suite used as part of the German Government’s PEGASUS Project. 

Winner of Automobility LA's Top Ten Automotive Startups™ competition and backed by RPM Ventures, Techstars, Hemi Ventures, Shasta Ventures, the Oregon Angel Fund, and others, PolySync is well positioned for future success. PolySync is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Position: President

This President will refine the guiding strategic vision and drive the tactical execution for PolySync to grow from an R&D organization with early customer traction to significant commercial success. He/She will lead the executive team’s pursuit and execution of rigorous engineering, program management and customer support disciplines necessary for PolySync to gain the confidence of the automotive marketplace. 

This President will have full P&L responsibility, attract high-caliber talent and build operational business infrastructure while growing and protecting a significant IP portfolio. This President will instill a sense of intensity and teamwork, both empowering and holding accountable executive staff and employees. This executive will, by virtue of their inherent complex software experience, technical understanding, business acumen, and leadership skills provide assurance that early customers have high confidence in PolySync while continuing to build key ecosystem relationships and close deals. He/She will work with customers, prospects, partners and the internal executive team to ensure the optimal product and go to market strategy for success.
This executive will lead the team in the continued development and execution of this compelling and differentiated product roadmap, balancing investment with market opportunity that give PolySync the best path to scale. This executive will be intimately involved with customers, ensuring customer commitments are met and customer needs for future business are well understood, yielding referenceable accounts.

This President will work with the management team and Board of Directors to make critical decisions about resource allocation, company position and future direction of the firm. They will be the public voice of the company and senior spokesperson to investors, press, customers, vendors, employees, etc. This President will be responsible for increasing shareholder value and the planning and execution of all programs to accomplish these goals. The President will be a member of (and report directly to) the PolySync Board of Directors.

The qualified candidate will have the following:     

  • Verifiable success as a CEO, President, GM for a complex software solution (examples: middleware, embedded software, RTOS, EDA)

  • Track record of business success leading teams that have sold new technologies to new markets and winning/converting pilots to enterprise customers.

  • Possess strong leadership and exceptional communication skills. A track record of executing and delivering results, working with a broad ecosystem and adapting to rapidly changing market environment evidenced by customer acquisition, success and revenue.

  • Cultivating a high-performing, one-team culture.

  • Willingness to make timely critical decisions.

  • Highly entrepreneurial and tireless promoter – ideally with startup experience.

  • Experience leading outside venture or strategic funding

  • Proven success in driving day to day operations, making key decisions and trade-offs with resources and budget allocation


PolySync will offer a very competitive base salary, bonus program and significant equity in this very dynamic company with a unique value proposition in an ultra-high growth market.


This position is based in Portland, Oregon. Portland offers a very beautiful and high quality of life, moderate cost of living area with the Pacific Ocean and the mountains a short 90-minute drive away. It’s consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in America and in 2017 Forbes named Portland the #1 Best Place for Business and Careers.

For additional information or confidential consideration, please contact Frank Moscow or Tom Haley.

To learn more about PolySync, please visit

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