The concept of Kater evolved from one simple problem: It doesn't make sense for me to be driving my car right now – so why am I? Kater wants users to make use of an asset they already have – their own vehicle – to get exactly where they need to go without having to deal with the hassles and costs of driving.
Kater was founded by Monark Group, a diversified company specializing in e-commerce, business consulting, financing, and start-ups. Monark Group has invested over $300 million in property development across North America and operates numerous e-commerce sites with $500 million in revenue.
Monty is the President and Founder of Kater. Monty has successfully launched start-up companies in the technology sector over the past two decades. He has extensive experience in e-commerce, marketing and finance sectors.
Monty has grown his group of companies and business into a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted corporation with the corporate head office located in Surrey, BC.
Monty is deeply engaged in community events and supports the community and local efforts in any way he can. A family foundation has been created by Mr. Sikka, supporting several international and local community charitable projects.
Mark is the Senior Vice President and Founder of Kater. Mark has provided strategic marketing initiatives and business development to several successful start-up companies in the technology sector. After obtaining his degree in Financial Management, Mark gained several years of management experience within various Federal Government regulatory bodies.
Mark is community-oriented and has founded a charitable foundation supporting initiatives in the areas of educational accessibility while contributing to several local community foundations.
Vaughn is the CFO, overseeing the financial operations of Kater. He has over ten years of experience working with start-up companies, primarily in the marketing, e-commerce, and logistics sectors.
After receiving his Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree from the University of Manitoba, Mr. Hodson earned his CA designation while working in public practice. He gained expertise in the area of public practice for several years before moving to private industry in 2003.
Kush Parikh is a board partner of Kater, helping to drive both the strategy and execution of the ridesharing mobile application for British Columbia.
In addition to Kater, Kush sits as an EIR at Madrona Ventures, the premier investment firm in the Pacific Northwest, and investors in companies such as Amazon, Redfin, and MightyAI.
Prior to Kater and Madrona, Kush was the President and CEO of PayByPhone, a company he recently sold to Volkswagen Financial Services, one of the largest financial institutions in Europe.
Earlier in his career, Kush worked in corporate development at Texas Instruments. He was also the chief business officer of INRIX, a big data company which he helped build to over 300 employees. INRIX is now the world leader in traffic information for the automotive and government markets.
He currently sits on the boards of both SightLife and SightLife Surgical, a marriage of both non-profit and for profit companies helping to eliminate corneal blindness worldwide. He is also an active advisor and investor in high tech firms looking to disrupt old economy paradigms. Kush holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. in finance/entrepreneurship from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Dr. Ajay Potluri is a Kater Board Partner responsible for expansion strategies and execution into India and other overseas markets. He has been practicing dentistry for 25 years after completing his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of British Columbia. He went on to complete his Master of Science degree from the University of Frankfurt, and later pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. With his keen interest in technology, Ajay actively invests in tech startups. Ajay is President of Vectramind Technologies Inc. and is also involved in Senseforth, one of India's largest Artificial Intelligence companies. He is also heavily involved in several non-profit organizations including Pacific Oral Health Society and Two Worlds Cancer Society.
As the CMO for Kater, Mandeep brings more than 12 years of experience managing marketing activities for several successful e-commerce businesses. He makes strategic decisions regarding all aspects of marketing for Kater. He has led many business ventures, including e-commerce, tech start-ups, and app development.
Mandeep comes with a consistent track record in generating leads and new business for mid to large sized organizations. He has controlled over $20 million in annual marketing budgets and is known for executing highly effective marketing strategies.
As the CTO of Kater, Navroop brings over a decade of experience in the technology sector, with his expertise developed through advancing start-ups as well as being an entrepreneur. He is responsible for the technology infrastructure powering Kater's mobile and web applications. His understanding of both technology and the sophistication behind building quality global products allows him to excel at what he does.
In his previous venture, a biometric time and attendance product, he managed a global development team for their software product with $300 million worth of payroll generated weekly. He was a key player in growing the team and company at a rate of 400% within 3 years, which resulted in the acquisition of that company. He has also worked at multiple successful companies as well as an SAP Business Intelligence Consultant for a leading agency in Los Angeles.
Navroop is an alumnus of CSUF, holding a Bachelor's in Accounting alongside multiple certifications ranging from database infrastructure to project management.
Mandi moved to Vancouver from London after completing her Bachelors in Business and Marketing from the University of Greenwich. She proceeded to work in a fast paced, start up environment successfully launching several start-ups, managing the operations and development.
Her broad scope of experience spans from marketing and communications to operations and customer service. She considers herself an adaptable strategist who strives in a creative and entrepreneurial work environment.
Matt is a software engineer and full stack developer with a decade of professional experience. Matt has solved numerous tech challenges for companies of various sizes, from small start-ups to national enterprises. Matt specializes in custom application & e-commerce development.
Matt graduated top of his class at Western University, before pursuing graduate studies at Queens' University in Kingston. An avid learner and perpetual student of his craft, he has stayed sharp by continuing his education at Ryerson Polytechnic University, BCIT, and Simon Fraser University while practicing his craft in industry.
Navdeep is a result oriented IT professional with more than 6 years of management and programming experience. He has predominantly worked in mobile technology and strives to build intuitive, secure and efficient solutions. Before moving to Canada, Navdeep worked with a service- based company leading a team of 15 developers and completed several projects across many different application domains including business, gaming, and maps and navigation. Being an Agile framework enthusiast and an effective team player with an extensive work experience, Navdeep has a keen interest in Information Technology across requirement gathering, QA practices, and stakeholder management.
Massimo Savino is an iOS developer at Kater and works on extending the capabilities of our Customer and Driver apps for the iPhone. Massimo holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Prior to working for Kater, Massimo worked in the advertising industry in London, England and Toronto, Canada, with additional stints in Italy and Japan along the way. He later enthusiastically switched careers via the Immersive iOS program at Lighthouse Labs in Vancouver. Massimo strongly believes in improving and extending the Kater user experience for all app users.
Vidya Panjakadi is a QA specialist with full system development lifecycle experience including the designing, developing, and implementation of test plans, test cases, and test processes. She is a hands-on technology professional accustomed to working in complex, project-based environments. Vidya is results oriented, meticulous, and passionate about delivering high quality software.
Chris has been a UI/UX Designer for Kater for the past two years and loves designing apps that are easy for everyone to use. From building the architecture and user flows to creating pixel perfect designs, Chris has his hands in every feature you'll see in the Kater apps! He loves getting feedback and testing prototypes to ensure a positive experience for users is met at every interaction.
As Marketing Coordinator for Kater, Amanda assists with the strategic development and management for all marketing initiatives. She works closely with all team members to ensure marketing goals and objectives are met by optimizing various marketing resources. Amanda has a background in advertising and brings three years of experience developing integrated media campaigns for globally recognized organizations. She has gained expertise in media strategy for both traditional and digital advertising.
Amanda is a BCIT alumna where she received a diploma in Marketing Communications and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys spending her time outdoors exploring the west coast.
Clare is a Customer Service Representative for Kater and has extensive experience in customer service and telecommunications. Whether she's assisting a customer booking their first trip or helping drivers with using their Kater app, Clare strives to go the extra mile for clients, drivers, and her team. She's passionate about providing excellent customer service and doing her best to make everyone's life a little easier.