In October 2006, together with Johannes Sigwart and Marco Lopes, Michael Russo founded TRIDELITY. As the lead decision maker on strategy, he is responsible for marketing and sales.
Through his education and previous experience, Michael gained knowledge in international marketing, small-business management, leadership and motivation in different industry sectors in Germany, Europe and the US. He was responsible for sales management and the setup of new sales reporting structures at one of the biggest German electricity-producing and selling enterprises, and he was marketing and sales manager for 3D screens at a leading OEM display manufacturer in Germany. That was where he met Johannes and Marco.
As the initiating force in starting up the company, Michael managed to quickly find clients for a mostly unknown product. Through his network, he successfully launched the company with a contract in hand for the development of a 3D dental surgery device. In 2008, he found new shareholders for the company and further boosted the growth of TRIDELITY . Michael continuously proves his entrepreneurial skills as a flexible leader ready to manage the various challenges inherent in TRIDELITY’s ongoing rapid growth.
Michael is very interested in sports, including running, soccer and skiing. He is also an enthusiastic tennis player and tennis fan.
Johannes Sigwart became Chief Technology Officer when he founded TRIDELITY with Marco Lopes and Michael Russo in October 2006.
In early 2002, while employed as a hardware developer and project manager in the field of LCD displays for special applications at a leading OEM display manufacturer, Johannes started working with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin on a glasses-free 3D display project based on optical lens grids. The resulting product was one of the first commercially available autostereoscopic 3D displays on the market.
But only with the founding of TRIDELITY could Johannes pursue his visions, realize his ideas and develop more sophisticated hardware. By way of parallax barrier technology, he improved single-viewer products, and he enhanced parallax barrier technologies in general to be used in a wide range of landscape- and portrait-format display solutions for multi-view applications, thus enlarging TRIDELITY’s product range considerably.
Johannes is in charge of the complete hardware development process, including the calculation and design of optical filter elements, mechanical construction in CAD, and optical and electronic modification of LCD components. The wide TRIDELITY patent portfolio is based on his inventions.
For the St. Georgen-based production line, he designed and implemented a quality management system that allows TRIDELITY to manufacture products for the European and North American markets for both the IT and medical fields. He is responsible for seeing that all developed products meet applicable safety standards and thus gain required approvals.
Marco Lopes, together with Johannes Sigwart and Michael Russo, founded TRIDELITY in October 2006. With expertise in software development, he is Chief Development Officer.
Experienced in visualization systems based in C++, Java and OpenGL, Marco worked as a software development manager in multidisciplinary teams, using Unified Process and extreme programming tools such as JUnit and Ant.
Marco is proficient in SQL and PHP and has deep experience in video-playing systems and GPU-based optimizations. At TRIDELITY, Marco has developed multiplatform applications for Android, Mac OS, Linux and Windows. With his broad expertise in diverse software applications and tools, he was employed as a senior developer at a midsize software company in Germany and later worked at a leading OEM display manufacturer, where he was the head of the 3D software department.
As a complement to Johannes, Marco continually improves the development and adaptation of software applications in order to optimize the efficiency and compatibility of the 3D hardware developments. Setting the right algorithms, he enhances and refines Johannes’s optical ideas, making the whole solution plug-and-play and intuitive to use.
He helped establish the quality management system at TRIDELITY and is responsible for building key partnerships with major 3D companies such as NVIDIA, AMD, VSG and Zeiss. In addition, Marco currently leads the support team.
Weather permitting, Marco loves playing volleyball in his free time; otherwise he can be found experimenting with microcontrollers and ARM boards.
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