Namaste Technologies Inc. (CSE:N) (FRA:M5BQ) (OTCMKTS:NXTTF) has nominated an impressive collection of three individuals with extensive involvement working at Google, SpaceX, and Seagram’s International. If appointed to the board Brand Spokes, Laurens Feenstra, and Donald William Nickless will bring a unique combination of knowledge and experience to Namaste Holdings that seems to be invaluable.
Laurens Feenstra – Laurens Feenstra is currently Product Manager at Waymo, formerly known as Google’s self-driving car project. Prior to Waymo, he worked on some of Google’s most well-known products such as Search, Chromebooks, and Android. As a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, he has helped large media, banking and government clients become data analytics-driven companies. Mr. Feenstra holds degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence from University of Groningen in the Netherlands and was a visiting researcher on “Intelligent Turtoring Systems” at Carnegie Mellon University.
Branden Spikes – Branden Spikes, considered as “Elon Musk’s most trusted lieutenant” by Venture Beat, worked side by side with Musk for over 15 years and helped pioneer ground-breaking technologies at SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal. He was the CIO of SpaceX for ten years and was instrumental in setting up the information systems at Tesla Motors during its formative years after having served as Director of IT at PayPal. Spikes then founded Spikes Security in 2012, with a mission to solve the most pressing cybersecurity challenge, browser malware and served as its CEO until it merged with Aurionpro in 2017. Mr. Spikes is an investor, advisor and a technology evangelist.
Donald William Nickless – Mr. Nickless graduated from Macdonald College of McGill University with a BSc in Agriculture. Mr. Nickless then worked for thirty plus years working for the Seagram Company Limited, beginning as a front-line supervisor in manufacturing, progressing through various Department Head positions to the manager of the Company’s largest Canadian plant. Subsequent, Mr. Nickless held various positions that culminated in the appointment to Executive Vice President of Manufacturing, SeagramAmericas with responsibility for Manufacturing Operations in the US, Canada, and South America. Mr. Nickless is now retired and living in Vermont as a “Gentleman Farmer”.