Winkk was founded and is managed by an experienced team of proven entrepreneurs, executives and security professionals.

Privately funded, Winkk is based in Silicon Valley and is in the process of conducting trials with customers.

The Team

Mark Biestman


Mark is a seasoned information technology executive with demonstrated leadership roles at high growth companies like Netscape, CommerceOne and Altus Alliance. Mark’s primary focus is in sales leadership and customer success. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and has attended?the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.

Jay Bartels

VP, Strategy

Mr. Bartels has been a serial entrepreneur over the last 15 years. He has held positions that include VP of engineering at VEO systems (acquired by CommerceOne), VP of Business Development at Webify and recently he was the Chief Operating Officer of CollabRx, a privately held company that focuses on healthcare data research. Mr. Bartels holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Robert Keith


Robert has been CTO and founder of multiple security and cloud product companies, participating in the initial architecture of Azure and Office 365, including private deployments in the US governmental security departments. He was awarded over 40 sole patents in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and Security technologies, 21 of which were acquired by Microsoft.

Brad Gray

EVP, Operations

Brad Gray has founded and driven multiple technology companies with customers including Sephora, GAP, AAA, Leapfrog, Smithsonian, Safeway CVS, IBM and others. Mr. Gray attended Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University working in the Computer Visions field. He received grants from the US Airforce for his contributions to AI and Mathematics. While at Ziff Davis he is credited with authoring several key industry benchmarks.

Rustam Islamov

Chief Scientist

Rustam has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and one in Mathematics with experience in post-quantum encryption, information security, stochastic processes and probabilistic risk assessment. He has project experience at Brookhaven, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Argonne National Laboratories, the European Commission, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Sandia National Laboratories and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Asim Abdullah


Asim has over 30 years of experience in the technology industry including senior leadership roles at Taligent, CommerceNet, Veo and CommerceOne. Asim was also a General Partner at Viventures and GA Capital, and currently through his personal fund AIMZ. Asim has a BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MS degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University.