Meet the Team

Helium was founded in 2013 by Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey, with a mission to make it easier to build connected devices.

Meet the Helium Team

In order to build the world's first peer-to-peer wireless network, Helium has gathered a team with a diverse, yet complementary, skillset within radio and hardware, manufacturing, distributed systems, peer-to-peer and blockchain technologies.

Amir Haleem

CEO & Co-Founder

Amir is the CEO & co-founder of Helium. Prior to Helium, Amir served a long career in the videogame industry as CTO at gaming startup Diversion, and member of the original team behind Battlefield 1942 at DICE in Stockholm, Sweden. Outside of work, Amir is a former world champion esports gamer, co-founder of the popular esports community, and builds and races 90's Japanese sports cars.

Marc Nijdam


Marc Nijdam is proven technology leader with over 25 years of experience. His background ranges commercializing research at Hewlett-Packard, to leading the technology and teams behind a number of Qualcomm products and services. Marc focuses on the design, scalability, and resilience of product, software, and development teams. Beyond being a typical Dutch guy, he likes to sail fast boats and hang out with his wife and dog in wide open spaces.

Frank Mong


Frank Mong is COO at Helium, where he is responsible for sales, marketing and business development for the company. Before Helium, Mong spent 20 years in cyber security including CMO at Hortonworks, SVP of Marketing at Palo Alto Networks, and VP/GM of security at HP.

Board & Advisors

Bruce Armstrong

Partner, Khosla Ventures

Eric Dresselhuys

Former EVP Sales & Co-Founder of Silver Spring Networks

Shawn Fanning

Founder, Helium, Rupture, Path, Snocap, Napster

Greg Gotts

Founder of Invisileash

John Hamm

Founding Partner, Soda Rock Partners

Vinod Khosla

Founder, Khosla Ventures

Jacqueline LeSage Krause

Munich Re / HSB Ventures

Aaron Levie

Founder & CEO, Box

Alex Roetter

Former SVP Engineering, Twitter

Matt Turck

Partner, FirstMark Capital

Robert Wenig

Founder TeaLeaf, Former CTO SAP

Andy Wheeler

Partner, GV

Salle Yoo

Former Uber Chief Legal Officer

Our Investors

Helium has raised equity funding from some of the most prominent Venture Capital (VC) firms in the world including Khosla Ventures, FirstMark Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures), HSB/MunichRe Ventures and others.

Helium in the News

Senet Boasts New Roaming Coverage Map with Helium

December 15th, 2021 | Light Reading

DISH Partners with Helium to Expand 5G

October 26th, 2021 | Bloomberg

Helium Built a Network and Now It Has Customers

October 20th, 2021 | Stacey on IoT

Helium Can Democratize Internet Connectivity

October 14th, 2021 | The Next Web

San Jose to Fund Low-Income Internet Access

September 29th, 2021 | Decrypt

Is LongFi the Next Wireless Revolution?

January 16th, 2020 | Lifewire

Atlanta Inno’s 25 under 25: Adi Arul

September 18th, 2019 | Atlanta Inno

Fred Wilson: Helium

June 12, 2019 | AVC

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