Teaching the world to move.

We love sports, and sports have loved us. We're paying it forward by making them easier to learn.

Our Story

A better way to learn

Joe grew up in Indonesia in the 1970s, when tennis was a new sport and instructors were rare. So he learned what he could by watching tennis on TV. And he taught himself to play, by watching John Newcombe's forehand and Ken Rosewall's slice. That worked, sort of.

But later, to teach tennis to his kids, Joe took the opposite approach. He paid for tennis lessons, three times a week, over about 10 years. That worked well. But the cost!

Our founders knew there had to be a better way. One that would combine exposure to pro players and excellent form with instant, individualized feedback. They knew that motion capture technology held the key, if it could be made inexpensive and convenient. And so PIVOT was born.

Our Team

  • Joe Chamdani
    Chief Executive Officer
    A serial entrepreneur, Joe has co-founded not one but two companies with successful exits and raised over $80M in venture capital. Joe was a top junior in Indonesia, and played NCAA Division III tennis at Washington University St. Louis, where he got his BS. His PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering is from Georgia Tech.
  • Pietro Garafolo
    VP of R&D
    Pietro leads our Research & Development team and Italy office. He holds a PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Bologna and has long worked at the leading edge of motion capture technology, with prior stints at NCS Lab, Xsens, and TecnoPro.
  • Wade Lagrone
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Wade oversees Marketing and Product for PIVOT, having held similar stints at Yahoo!, Zopa, and ScanCafe, and co-founded a venture-backed company. He was recruited for tennis by several NCAA Division III schools. He holds a BA from Harvard and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was the Brunswick-Urbanek Scholar.
  • Rudy Siwy
    Product Management
    Rudy hails from the Czech Republic and was a top international junior growing up. He eventually reached an ATP ranking of 560 and played college tennis (at #1) for Fresno State (NCAA Division I). Later, he obtained his MBA at Santa Clara and was the Asst. Coach of the Men's Tennis Team. He also qualified for the 2017 US Open in Mixed Doubles.
  • Nick Bollettieri
    Advisor
    There are only three coaches who've ever made it into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the legendary Nick Bollettieri is one of them. He's developed not one or two but an incredible ten players who were ranked no. 1 in the world, Andre Agassi and Boris Becker among them, and advised countless others, from Brian Gottfried to Anna Kournikova.
  • Dick Gould
    Advisor
    Dick Gould's 38-year career helming the Stanford Men's Tennis team is the stuff of legend. His players won 17 NCAA Team titles, 24 NCAA singles or doubles championships, and even made five Wimbledon semi-finals. But he's also contributed to tennis instruction more broadly, through camps, the latest technologies, and his book, Tennnis, Anyone?
  • California, USA
  • Forlì, Italy
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
Our Investors & Partners

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The sun literally never sets on our team.

Santa Clara, California
Headquarters, United States
Forlì, Italy
Platform Engineering, R&D
Jakarta, Indonesia
3D Modeling, Application Development
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