Leadership Team

Ed Colgate

Ed Colgate

Co-Founder and Chief Haptic Officer

“Imagine how stark life would be if everything we touched felt exactly the same: smooth, hard and featureless. Yet that is precisely the experience that we’ve been forced to accept in the digital world. No more! Our mission is to bring “touch” fully into the touchscreen experience. We create the technology and tools that support rich, versatile and satisfying tactile experiences.”

Michael Peshkin

Michael Peshkin

Co-founder

“Everyone expects their touchscreen to feel flat. It’s possible that we have lost our sense of touch or at least our expectation of being able to feel something on a touchscreen. I look forward to people becoming connoisseurs of touch, and I think they will.”

Greg Topel

Greg Topel

CEO

“The major drawback of touchscreens has always been the missing element of physical feedback. We constantly interact with the world through the sense of touch. Yet until now, that has not been possible in our electronic devices. Tanvas finally empowers touchscreens with what we didn’t know we were missing: true interaction with what you see.”

Mondher Cherif

Mondher Cherif

Chief Scientist

What a Long, Multisensory Trip It's Been

Mar 2006

Surface haptics research launched in the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR) at Northwestern University and the first of 30+ patents filed.

May 2011

Tanvas is Launched.

July 2012

Tanvas received an NSF SBIR Phase I grant.

March 2013

Secured seed round of investment from a major OEM.

June 2015

Closed a $4.6M Series A investment from R7 Partners, Peak6, Northwestern University, and Silicon Valley venture investors.

July 2016

Hired our 10th employee (and still hiring).

January 2017

Tanvas publicly debuted TanvasTouch at CES 2017. The technology was listed on WIRED’s Top 10 Sharpest Designs and received The Verge’s Best of CES “Most Touching” Award. Tanvas also received an IHS Markit Innovation award for the Automotive category as well as the prestigious Tibbetts Award from the SBA.