GTPB

Unit Split

Gores Technology Partners II, Inc.

Raised
$460M
CIK
1842046
Focus
Technology, Consumer, Software, FinTech, Healthcare, PropTech, Gaming, Agriculture, Logistics
External link: SEC Filings

SPAC Team

Leadership

Alec Gores has been our Chairman since December 2020. Mr. Gores is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Gores Group, a global investment firm focused on acquiring businesses that can benefit from the firm’s operating expertise. Mr. Gores implemented an operational approach to private equity investing when he founded The Gores Group in 1987 by operating businesses alongside management, or in some cases in lieu of management, to build value in those entities. Since then, the firm has acquired more than 120 businesses including a current portfolio of 8 active companies worldwide. Mr. Gores began his career as a self-made entrepreneur and operating executive. In 1978, he self-funded and founded Executive Business Systems (EBS), a developer and distributor of vertical business software systems. Within seven years, EBS had become a leading value-added reseller in Michigan and employed over 200 people. In 1986, CONTEL purchased EBS, and Mr. Gores subsequently began acquiring and operating non-core businesses from major corporations and building value in those entities, a decision that ultimately led to the founding of what has evolved into The Gores Group today. Under his leadership, The Gores Group has continued to acquire businesses in need of operational and financial resources, while creating value and working with management teams to establish an entrepreneurial environment as a foundation for sustainable growth. This philosophy has served the firm well. Mr. Gores served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Gores Holdings I from its inception in June 2015 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016, as the Chairman of the board of directors of Gores Holdings II from its inception in August 2016 until completion of the Verra acquisition in October 2018 and as the Chairman of the board of directors of Gores Holdings III from its inception in October 2017 until the completion of the PAE acquisition in February 2020. Additionally, Mr. Gores served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Gores Metropoulos from its inception in August 2018 until the completion of the Luminar acquisition in December 2020 and has served as a director of Luminar since December 2020. In addition, Mr. Gores has served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Gores Holdings IV since June 2019 until the completion of the UWM acquisition in January 2021. Mr. Gores has served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Gores Holdings V since June 2020, Gores Holdings VI since June 2020, Gores Holdings VII since January 2020, Gores Holdings VIII since September 2020 and Gores Technology since December 2020. Mr. Gores has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Gores Metropoulos II since July 2020. Mr. Gores holds a degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University. Mr. Gores’ significant investment and financial expertise make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Ted Fike has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer since December 2020. Mr. Fike is a technology investor and executive and serves as a Senior Managing Director at The Gores Group. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Fike was a Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, leading growth technology investments for the Vision Fund in the consumer internet, enterprise software, agtech, logistics, and eCommerce sectors. While at SoftBank, Mr. Fike was a board member, observer, or investor in Doordash, Rappi, GetYourGuide, Globality, Memphis Meats, Ordermark, and Plenty among others. Prior to SoftBank, Mr. Fike led strategy initiatives at Airbnb which acquired his previous fintech company, Tilt, where he was CFO. Before Tilt, Mr. Fike was a founding Principal of CapitalG, Google’s growth equity investment arm. Earlier at Google, Mr. Fike was responsible for acquisitions and investments as part of the corporate development team as well as global client relationships within Google’s sales organization. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Fike worked in strategy and operations at WebMD, credit investing at Bain Capital, and strategy consulting at The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Fike graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics.

Justin Wilson has been our Co-Chief Executive Officer since December 2020. Mr. Wilson is a technology investor and executive and serves as a Senior Managing Director at The Gores Group. Prior to joining Gores, Mr. Wilson was a Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, leading growth technology investments for the Vision Fund in the proptech, consumer internet, digital health, and eCommerce sectors. While at SoftBank, Mr. Wilson was a board member, observer, or investor in Doordash, Alto Pharmacy, Compass, Opendoor, Whoop, Clutter, Rappi and OYO Rooms, among others. Previously, Mr. Wilson worked at Google in a variety of roles and at The Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant. Mr. Wilson holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University.

Andrew McBride has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since July 2020. Mr. McBride has served as Director, Finance and Tax at The Gores Group since February 2010, where he is responsible for tax due diligence and structuring of acquisitions, compliance, planning, financial management and portfolio company reporting. Mr. McBride also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings I from January 2016 until completion of the Hostess acquisition in November 2016. Additionally, Mr. McBride served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings II from its inception in August 2016 until completion of the Verra acquisition in October 2018 and as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings III from its inception in October 2017 until the completion of the PAE acquisition in February 2020. Additionally, Mr. McBride also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Metropoulos from its inception in August 2018 until the completion of the Luminar acquisition in December 2020. In addition, Mr. McBride has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Gores Holdings IV from June 2019 until the completion of the UWM acquisition in January 2021. Mr. McBride has also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Gores Holdings V since June 2020, Gores Holdings VI since June 2020, Gores Metropoulos II since July 2020, Gores Holdings VII since January 2021, Gores Holdings VIII since January 2021 and Gores Technology since January 2021. Previously, from January 2008 to January 2010, Mr. McBride worked in the High Net Worth group at Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner, and Hottman, P.C. From January 2004 to January 2008, Mr. McBride was with KPMG, LLP, assisting international corporations with tax planning, structuring and compliance issues. Mr. McBride holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Colorado.

Jon Alferness has agreed to serve as a member of our board of directors . Jon Alferness is the Vice President of Core Rideshare at Lyft, where he leads the product, engineering and business teams responsible for ridesharing solutions for consumers and organizations. Prior to Lyft, Jon was SVP of Ads & Commerce at Pinterest where he led the broader ads and shopping business and product teams. Previously, Jon was a VP PM at Google, where he spent 12 years managing a variety of ads teams from Search, to Apps and Mobile Ads to Shopping and Travel. Jon has a passion for online business and helping them grow, and has been working in this capacity for 20+ years across a suite of Fortune 500 companies. He has a BS degree in Computer Science from Cornell, and spent time focused on Computer Graphics research as a graduate student at Caltech. Jon lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He is a passionate advocate for Human Rights and the preservation of our oceans.

Ed Baker has agreed to serve as a member of our board of directors . Mr. Baker is an investor and advisor to various startups including Crimson Education, Lime, Zwift, and Whoop. Mr. Baker was the Vice President of Product and Growth at Uber from 2013-2017. Prior to that, he was the Head of International Growth at Facebook, a company he joined after they acquired a startup he co-founded called Friend.ly, which had grown to over 25 million users. Mr. Baker has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an A.B. from Harvard University, where he concentrated in Chemistry & Physics. Mr. Baker’s significant finance and capital markets experience, extensive background in financial planning, operations, management and strategy, and his deep knowledge of the technology industry make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.

Ravi Inukonda has agreed to serve as a member of our board of directors . Mr. Inukonda is currently the Vice President, Finance at DoorDash. He is responsible for finance, strategy and business operations for the company. Prior to DoorDash, Mr. Inukonda served as Head of Strategic Finance at Uber Technologies Inc. from 2015 through 2018. Previously, Mr. Inukonda was a Vice President at Accel-KKR and Battery Ventures. Prior to that, Mr. Inukonda worked at Goldman Sachs in their Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking group. Mr. Inukonda holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University, and an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Inukonda’s significant finance and capital markets experience, extensive background in financial planning, operations, management and strategy, and his deep knowledge of the technology industry make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.