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5x5 Technologies Names Former Google Executive Erich Nachbar New Head of AI

January 18, 2022


Nachbar joins to lead the company's efforts in artificial intelligence and machine learning

5x5 Technologies Inc. today announced the appointment of Erich Nachbar to lead the company’s artificial intelligence group. Nachbar is the former Technical Lead at X, Google’s moonshot factory. As Head of AI, he will advance 5x5’s industry leading applications of artificial intelligence for physical infrastructure analysis, workflow automation and digital transformation.

Nachbar is an accomplished executive having held multiple technology leadership positions over 20+ years in professional life spanning work in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

For several years he was an engineering executive at Google before being tapped as Technical Lead at X Development LLC. X is the Alphabet Inc. division charged with creating “radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems.”

Prior to X and Google, Nachbar managed cellular network reliability at Carrier IQ.  He was CTO of Quantifind where he leveraged Spark, Storm, Scala, and Kafka to create a leading predictive analytics platform helping customers use unstructured data to uncover business insights.  Nachbar also served as the founding CTO of Virtual Power Systems where he was responsible for a global team of engineers and systems architects serving Yahoo! and CenturyLink.  His expertise in Hadoop, Apache Spark and open source technology led O’Reilly Publishing to call him “one of our favorite engineers.”

“Erich brings a new dimension to 5x5’s team of PhDs and InfraTech experts. Infrastructure owners are rapidly evolving to embrace computer vision, digital twins, and advanced data analytics which requires specific talents to help them succeed. I’m so excited about the value our customers will realize from Erich’s innovative approach. He is one of those rare big-thinkers who can engage with senior, enterprise-level clients to help them tackle the challenges of transforming how they manage large portfolios of assets and critical infrastructure,” said Anne Zink, CEO of 5x5 Technologies.

“I’m thrilled to join 5x5 at this important moment,” said Nachbar. “The industry is shifting and 5x5 is leading the way with an impressive, growing platform. The company has earned the trust of leaders in highly respected corporations but there’s more we can do together.  I’m a builder and this is exactly the opportunity I wanted, to work on the next big thing.”

Nachbar earned a computer science degree in his native Germany and has seven US patents issued in his name.  He is based in Silicon Valley.

About 5x5 Technologies Inc.

5x5 Technologies is a global leader in Infrastructure Technology enabling organizations to capture raw information about physical structures, create digital twins, extract vital data and deploy it into existing systems. Owners of structures in telecommunications, transportation, energy, manufacturing, real estate and other critical infrastructure, trust 5x5 to facilitate digital transformation of asset management at-scale. Leading companies, systems integrators, and governmental agencies all rely on 5x5’s superior, end-to-end workflow innovations leveraging intelligent digital twins and proprietary 4D+AI data analysis.

5x5 is an award-winning firm that has consistently grown year-over-year since its founding in 2016. Backers include Softbank Corp., Safar Partners, Ocean Azul Partners, Council Tree Investors, innovation-driven family offices and individual investors. The company has a globally distributed team, focused on customer engagement and sustaining a world-class work culture for employees based in North and Central America, Europe and Asia.

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