Mahesh Krishnaswamy leads Project Taara at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory. Taara is X’s moonshot to bring affordable high-speed, high-capacity bandwidth to underserved communities around the world by using a new approach to wireless optical communication technology, or beams of light. Mahesh served as a judge on Africa50’s Innovation Challenge in 2020 to discover innovative solutions to last-mile internet connectivity across the continent. Before founding Taara, Mahesh headed the manufacturing and supply chain for Project Loon, which used floating balloons in the stratosphere to deliver connectivity.
Before coming to X, Mahesh worked at Apple managing a portfolio of strategic products from concept to launch, and a decade at Motorola as a product manager, where he brought WiMAX and LTE portfolio products to market. Mahesh holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.