ATSPT

Definitive Agreement

SoundHound Inc.

Archimedes Tech Spac Partners Co

Raised
$120M
CIK
1840856
Focus
Artificial Intelligence, Technology, Automotive
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Dr. Eric R. Ball will serve as our Chairman commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2016, Dr. Ball has been the General Partner of Impact Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley based venture firm investing in early-stage applied-AI start-up companies. From 2015 until 2016, Dr. Ball served as the Chief Financial Officer for C3 AI, an enterprise AI software provider. From 2005 to 2015, Dr. Ball served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Oracle. Prior to 2005, Dr. Ball served in a variety of finance roles at Flextronics International, Cisco Systems, Avery Dennison, and AT&T. Dr. Ball has served as the Chairman of the Board of CapConnect+, a start-up company that is focused on linking corporate bond issuers to their institutional buyers, since 2020. Dr. Ball has also served as an advisor to Kyriba, a private treasury management software provider, since 2017. Dr. Ball has also served as a Board member and Audit Chairman of Glu Mobile Inc, a developer and publisher of mobile games, since 2013. Dr. Ball received his Ph.D. in management at the Drucker-Ito School of Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Ball received his MBA in finance and MA in economics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Ball graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Dr. Ball is also the co-author of the book “Unlocking the Ivory Tower”. We believe that Dr. Ball is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive finance, mergers & acquisition, investing and public company experience in the technology industry.

Stephen N. Cannon has been our Chief Executive Officer & President since September 2020, and our Director from September 2020 to the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since August 2020, Mr. Cannon has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Global SPAC Partners Co, a proposed blank check company which filed a registration statement with the SEC on October 13, 2020 for a $200 million IPO and intends to focus on potential business combinations in geographic regions from the Middle East North Africa through SouthEast Asia. Since August 2019, Mr. Cannon has been the Chief Operating Officer and President of Ackrell SPAC Partners I Co., a blank check company which completed a $140 million IPO on December 21, 2020, and intends to focus on fast-moving consumer goods business globally, with an emphasis on beverage and wellness sectors. Since 2014, Mr. Cannon has been President of Everest Partners Limited, a privately-owned investment firm focused on Asian private investments. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Cannon was the Chief Financial Officer of Twelve Seas Investment Company, a blank check company with $207 million held in trust that consummated its initial business combination with BPGIC Ltd, a petroleum and gas company located in the United Arab Emirates, in December, 2019. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Cannon was the President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of CM Seven Star, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, sponsored by a leading Chinese private investment firm, which consummated its business combination with Kaixin Auto Holdings in April 2019. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Cannon was Chief Executive Officer and a director of DT Asia Acquisition Corp, a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, which consummated its business combination with China Direct Lending Corp. in July 2016. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Cannon was a Partner and Head of China for RedBridge Group Ltd., a boutique merchant banking firm focused on Chinese and Arabian Gulf cross-border investments. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Cannon was a registered representative of, and senior advisor to, Ackrell Capital. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Cannon served in various capacities with Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed SPAC, as a co-founder, initial Chief Financial Officer and a director, and then Vice President of Acquisitions. Hambrecht Asia Acquisition Corp. merged with SGOCO Ltd, a Chinese company, in April 2010. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Cannon served as a Managing Director of Asian investment banking for WR Hambrecht+Co. Prior to WR Hambrecht + Co., Mr. Cannon worked at ABN AMRO, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Smith Barney Shearson and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Cannon currently serves on the board of the Cambodian Hotel Association. Mr. Cannon graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Daniel L. Sheehan will serve as our Chief Operating Officer commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since December 2020, Mr Sheehan has been a Director of Ackrell SPAC Partners I Co. Since 1995, Mr. Sheehan has been an attorney licensed in the State of California. Since 2004, Mr. Sheehan has been the founder and managing partner of Silicon Valley Wealth Law, a law firm specializing in estate planning, tax planning, business planning, and special needs planning. Mr. Sheehan has designed and drafted over 1,000 estate plans for clients throughout Silicon Valley. Mr. Sheehan has expertise in handling federal and state income tax matters and disputes, in the formation and operation of business entities, and has provided strategic planning and technology enhancement guidance to new business ventures and established companies. Mr. Sheehan has senior management experience with companies in a range of industries, including computer-aided manufacturing, real estate development, health care, mining, and law. Mr. Sheehan has frequently consulted with venture capitalists to review and advise them about investment opportunities. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Sheehan was Chief Executive Officer of North Star Resources, a provider of technology for the extraction and refining of precious and strategic metals. From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Sheehan was a partner in the law firm of Davidson, Sheehan & Jewel. In 2010, Mr. Sheehan filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 13, which was completed in May 2014 with no debts being discharged. Mr. Sheehan graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with honors. Mr. Sheehan received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Long Long has been our Chief Financial Officer since September 2020. Since August 2020, Mr. Long has been the Chief Financial Officer of Global SPAC Partners Co. Since August 2019, Mr. Long has been the Chief Financial Officer of Ackrell SPAC Partners I Co. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Long was Vice President of Twelve Seas Sponsors I LLC, sponsor of Twelve Seas Investment Company. From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Long worked for IBM in a variety of Corporate Finance, Audit, and Managerial roles, both within the US and internationally. From 2015 to 2016, Mr. Long served as Finance Controller for IBM China’s Consulting Business Unit and Sales Channels. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Long served as the Strategy and Planning Manager for IBM China and, from January 2012 to December 2012, as a Senior Finance Analyst for IBM China. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Long served as Internal Auditor for IBM’s Asia Pacific region and, from 2006 to 2009, as a financial analyst for IBM’s worldwide operations. Mr. Long graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree, majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Bryant B. Edwards will serve as a Director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since August 2020, Mr. Edwards has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Global SPAC Partners Co. From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Edwards was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Twelve Seas, which consummated its initial business combination with BPGIC, Ltd. Mr. Edwards retired from Latham & Watkins, a global law firm, in 2016, after a 35-year legal career. From 1981 to 2016, Mr. Edwards served as both a practicing corporate and securities attorney, as well as in various management roles building the Latham & Watkins’ practices in Europe (from 2000 to 2008), the Middle East (from 2008 to 2012) and then East Asia (from 2012 to 2016). From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Edwards served as Chair of the European High Yield Association (EHYA) and helped establish the Gulf Bond & Sukuk Association, the trade association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market (GBSA) and, from 2008 to 2012, served on its Steering Committee and as Chair of its Regulatory Committee. Additionally, from 2012 to 2016, Mr. Edwards served as Vice-Chair of the Credit Markets Committee of the Asia Securities & Financial Markets Committee (ASIFMA). Mr. Edwards has served as a Board of Brooge Energy Limited (f.k.a. BPGIC Ltd), a petroleum and gas company located in the UAE, since 2020. Mr. Edwards graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. We believe that Mr. Edwards is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his in-depth knowledge of corporate, securities and regulatory law.

Dr. Luc Julia will serve as a Director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since December 2012, Dr. Julia has been the CTO and Senior Vice President of Innovation for Samsung Electronics. From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Julia served as a Director of Siri at Apple and was a co-author of Siri’s core patents. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Julia served as the Chief Technologist at Hewlett-Packard. From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Julia served as the Co-founder and Vice President of R&D of BravoBrava!, a tech incubator focusing on new interfaces for education, multimodal and multimedia products. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Julia served as the CTO of ORB Networks, a start-up he co-founded that provided digital media streaming solutions for digital home and remote access applications. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Julia served as the CTO of SpeaK ESL, a company he co-founded which leveraged speech recognition and web technologies to help non-native speakers to practice and improve their English. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Julia served as the Vice President of R&D of Soliloquy Learning, a company he co-founded which pioneered the Reading Assistant that combines advanced speech recognition technology with science-based interventions to help children strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Julia served in several research roles at SRI International, an independent, non-profit research institute, during which time Dr. Julia co-founded Nuance Communications, now a multi-national software corporation focused on speech recognition and artificial intelligence. Dr. Julia received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris. Dr. Julia graduated from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Julia is the recipient of Légion d’Honneur, the highest order of France, and is a member of France’s National Academy of Technologies. Dr. Julia is also the author of the bestselling book “There is no such thing as Artificial Intelligence” and holds dozens of patents. We believe that Dr. Julia is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his vast experience and significant accomplishments in the technology industry.

Rajan P. Pai will serve as a Director commencing upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. Since 2015, Mr. Pai has been the Vice President of System Applications at Credo, leading the development of high-performance transceiver solutions for service providers, datacenters and enterprise segments. From 1997 to 2015, Mr. Pai served in various engineering, sales and marketing roles at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., including as the General Manager managing the storage business unit that offered system-on-chip (SOC) solutions for disk drive & solid-state drive applications; Mr. Pai worked closely with finance, operational and M&A teams during this time to successfully grow the division into a billion-dollar business. Prior to 1997, Mr. Pai served as an engineer at Texas Instruments, designing and developing PRML detectors for read channels. Mr. Pai graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering with a specialization in Systems & Signal Processing. We believe that Mr. Pai is well-qualified to serve as a director of the company given his extensive engineering background and significant financial experience in a public company.

Special Advisor and Technical Advisor

Brent Callinicos has been our special advisor since January 2021. Mr. Callinicos is currently an angel investor, active in investing in early-stage technology companies. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Callinicos served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Hyperloop One. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Callinicos served as the Chief Financial Officer of Uber Technologies Inc. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Callinicos worked at Google Inc., including as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Accountant. From 1992 to 2007, Mr. Callinicos worked at Microsoft Corporation, including as Treasurer, Vice President of Worldwide Licensing and Pricing, and CFO of the Platforms and Services Division. Mr. Callinicos is on the board of directors of several companies including PVH Corp, a fashion & apparel company and Rubicon Technologies, a private company. Mr. Callinicos has a Bachelor of Business Administration and an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Maheedhar Gunturu has been our technical advisor since January 2021. Mr. Gunturu is a Silicon Valley executive with extensive experience in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Cyber Security, 5G and various software ecosystems. Mr. Gunturu has also played an active role in open-source projects including Hadoop, Hbase, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, OpenCV and PyTorch. Since 2018, Mr. Gunturu has been the Global Head and Senior Director of Partnership Engineering of ScyllaDB, an open-source distributed NoSQL column-oriented data store. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Gunturu served as the Director of Cloud Engineering of SmartThings, a developer of automation software for smart homes and consumer Internet-of-Things. From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Gunturu worked as a Cloud Architect of VoltDB, an in-memory transactional database. From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Gunturu worked as a Cloud Architect for MapR Technologies, a business software distribution company that provides access to different Big Data workloads. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Gunturu worked as an Architect for Zscaler, a cloud-based information security company. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Gunturu worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Qualcomm as part of the Location technology/GNSS and GPS teams. Mr. Gunturu also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ittican, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for children. Mr. Gunturu has a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.