About Us 2017-11-28T18:10:40+00:00


What problem are we looking to solve?

Along with its many, many, many benefits, the information age has brought with it, perils to humanity that needs to be addressed right now. The rapid spread of info-tech in each and every phase of our lives and the dependence of social communities on it, has happened without the development of education and regulatory models in a timely fashion. Even traditional societal control frameworks like religion, politics, and media are facing upheavals without a viable transition roadmap that maintains social stability and accountability. Unchecked advances of infotech is has serious national security implications and that needs to addressed right now. We need a Socio-Tech movement that finds the balance between technological advances and the ability of social frameworks to adapt to them. Socio-Tech Academy is looking to champion that movement.

Founder’s Motivation

Karthik Krishna’s personal motivation is based on what is in the US Declaration of Independence: If there is something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have responsibility to take action.

Having worked hands-on with diverse stakeholders on building roadmaps for infrastructure modernization and implementing advanced communication networks, Karthik developed a strong intuition that there was a growing imbalance between traditional social control frameworks and the advances of technology. Recent global developments following the disclosures from Edward Snowden and Julian Assange strengthened his belief on the need to champion Socio-Tech. And, coming across the book Data and Goliath, written by a globally renowned cyber security “guru” – Bruce Schneier” – provided the critically important credibility to the Socio-Tech point-of-view and the fact that his intuition was right. Something had to be done about it.

Karthik worked closely with a globally recognized cyber security expert – Christopher Gorog to build a cyber security Center of Excellence in Colorado, USA. Together they realized that, instead of addressing it as an issue limited to technical cyber security professionals, security of the digital world should be approached from a wider social perspective. Thus Socio-Tech Academy LLC was born.

Meet our Team.

Karthik Krishna
Karthik KrishnaFounder
I am an entrepreneur and have a mixture of academic and real world experiences in various sectors including energy infrastructure, manufacturing, hospitality and media.

My main career focus right now is to audit the influence of technology in society through Socio-Tech Academy, and to help build an awesome entrepreneurial environment in Colorado Springs.

…I believe family comes first in terms of priorities and my love for dancing helps me maintain a balanced perspective on work and life.

Giuliano Meroi
Giuliano MeroiCo-Founder
I’m passionate about how technology affects social interactions.

While I was in Silicon Valley, I’ve created an app to anonymously chat with people nearby and each post lasts 24 hours.

I’m an open minded person who appreciate non conventional points of view, which I believe are responsible for our technological advancements.

Frank Gearhart
Frank GearhartStrategic Development
Frank Gearhart is a cybersecurity expert with a focus on researching innovative technologies, policies, and processes that protect the intellectual property, data, and security of organizations. He holds an M.S. degree from Western Governors University (WGU) in Information Security and Assurance and multiple IT certifications, including:

• Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
• Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (C|HFI)
• Certified Network Defense Architect (C|NDA)
• ITIL Foundational v3 2011

Sushant Chopra
Sushant ChopraIndian Market Development
A highly self motivated and young Electrical Engineering Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the upcoming field of Smart Grids and Renewable Energy, Sushant brings with him a promising educational background and sound analytical skills which would be instrumental in forwarding various businesses and ventures. In addition, Sushant is patient, has a zeal to learn new things and has an impeccable eye for detail which are absolutely essential qualities for delivery of high quality work across diverse fields and cultures.

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