Who we are


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

— Alan Kay

The company brings together experts in unmanned and optionally-piloted aircraft, flight control systems (including at DO-178 Design Assurance Level A), redundancy management, and sensor fusion, along with the best software talent the Bay Area offers to achieve our goal of autonomous flight. We’re always looking for dedicated and hands-on individuals to help us achieve our mission.

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Marc Piette


Prior to founding Xwing, Marc was VP of Engineering at GoDaddy (GDDY), leading the company’s data strategy and data science teams building machine learning personalization models. He joined GoDaddy through the sale of his previous ML and data driven startup called Locu where he was co-founder and COO. He started his career working on low level UNIX security software. Marc holds a MBA from MIT and a BS / MS in Computer engineering from UCL.

Marc Piette

Maxime Gariel


Maxime joined Xwing from Rockwell Collins where he was a Principal GNC Engineer. He worked on autonomous aircraft projects including DARPA Gremlins and the AgustaWestland SW4 Solo autonomous helicopter. Before becoming Chief Engineer of the SW4 Solo’s flight control system, he was in charge of the system architecture, redundancy, and safety for the project. Prior to Rockwell, he worked on ADS-B based conflict detection as a Postdoc at MIT and on autoland systems for airliners at Thales. Maxime earned his MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and his BS from ISAE-Supaéro (France).

Maxime Gariel

Vlad Popescu

Operations & Bizdev

Vlad came to Xwing from McKinsey & Co. where he was an Engagement Manager. He served airline and other industry or private equity clients on topics of strategy, due diligences, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. Vlad holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He previously received an MBA from Georgia Tech and a BS from École Polytechnique (France). During his thesis, he was awarded the 2012 AIAA Piper General Aviation Systems Award for research in airspace safety and collision avoidance.

Vlad Popescu

Allen Wu

Avionics & GNC lead

Before joining Xwing, Allen was a flight control engineering manager for a consumer drone company. Prior to that, he was at Rockwell Collins as a Principal GNC Engineer. While at Rockwell, he worked on vision-based applications including visual odometry and a celestial compass. He was also the algorithmic and performance lead for a primary GPS-aided ADAHRS that was certified to TSO standards with the FAA. Allen holds a MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and a SB in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

Allen Wu

Phillip Jones

Electrical Lead

Phillip was the founder of Scion UAS, a small company working on medium VTOL UAVs and Optionally Piloted Helicopters on contract for the Naval Research Lab. Phillip developed avionics and low level software. He led the integration on the helicopter and the flight tests to demonstrate automatic flight of a 1,200lbs helicopter including landing on a moving platform. He has a PhD in EE from Georgia Tech focusing on UAVs and path-planning. He started his career at Harris Corporation developing analog avionics.

Phillip Jones

Ovy Gheorghioiu

Software Lead

Ovy leads the software infrastructure and development efforts for the autonomous flight control and management system. Before Xwing, he worked at cloud computing company Altiscale and spent close to a decade at Google. There, he worked on the company’s backend infrastructure with a focus on high performance algorithms, large scale data processing and computer security. He has an extensive background in software systems architecture, engineering and design. Ovy holds a BS and MEng in CS and EE from MIT.

Ovy Gheorghioiu


Eniac Ventures Array VC

Nat Friedman

CVP Microsoft &
CEO GitHub

Patrick Collison

CEO Stripe

John Collison

President Stripe

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