Neal S. Lachman - Group CEO
Mr. Lachman has more than 28 years of business experience, including 20+ years in finance and technology. He is a thoroughly experienced, energetic and bold investor who is “cut from entrepreneurial cloth.” Mr. Lachman is also a pragmatic and strategic planner with a long-term business philosophy.
At the moment, after more than 17 years in the making (since founding Angie Communications’ predecessor company in 2000), Mr. Lachman is heading a global team of experts that intends to build some of the largest privately developed communication projects in the world, namely Next-Generation cable and communications infrastructure in the USA, UK and Europe.
Active in the residential fiber industry since 2000, Mr. Lachman sponsored and presented at the first major Fiber To The Home (FTTH) gathering in 2002, which took place in the Rotterdam Theater, the Netherlands. As such, he is widely recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in the FTTH industry.
Over the past 17+ years, Mr. Lachman and the Angie team wrote numerous critical analyses, sanity-checks and consultations on FTTH, 4G mobile, city-Wi-Fi projects, etc. This trend started in 1999 with satellite broadband; in 2000 on power-line communications; in 2001-2003 on PON technologies; in 2004 and 2005 on the shortcoming of WiMAX and city-wide Wi-Fi plans; in 2007, the team wrote “the book” on next-generation communications; in 2011, they wrote a critical analysis on a UK fiber operator; in 2012 Mr. Lachman wrote a critical analysis on Google Fiber; and in early 2015, the team wrote consultation papers for the 5G mobile access/services inquiry of the USA’s FCC and UK’s Ofcom.
As lead-researcher and lead-author, Mr. Lachman literally wrote "the book" (a 150+ page White Paper) on Next Generation communications in June 2007: "Building Communications Infrastructures for the 21st Century: A Multi-Billion Dollar Opportunity for Investors, Vendors and Partners". More than 2,000 industry experts read this publication.
As a respected pioneering technologist and thought leader, Mr. Lachman has been consulted by some of the world's renowned business executives and researchers in the next generation communications field. In August 2012, his analysis of Google's Fiber project in Kansas Ciity, MO, USA was featured by Forbes Magazine and discussed by several industry publications. (Click here for the article, and here for Mr. Lachman's comments.).
In his early 20s, Mr. Lachman went bankrupt twice. Over the years, Mr. Lachman attracted high-profile people to his companies, including Golden Globe winning actor Rutger Hauer (famous from Escape from Sobibor, Blade Runner, Batman Begins, Ladyhawke) and legendary NBA Hall of Fame star Rick Barry as investors in Angie Communications.
Mr. Lachman has been successful in retaining most of the earliest talented people who joined him in 1999/2000. Most of Angie's current executives are long-time associates, with a combined 500 years of business experience and more than 300 years of telecom experience.
As a passion, Mr. Lachman studies philosophy and psychology. He has written approximately 50 articles, ranging from the psychology of political hatred, the xenophobia, anti-Islam and anti-immigrant trend in the western world, to the Euro Crisis, and the future of Capitalism. Until 2011, Mr. Lachman also maintained a personal blog where he ventilated his opinion.
Mr. Lachman is a truly modern, global executive who is of Indian descend, born in Suriname (South America), and fluent in six languages: English, German, Dutch, Hindi, Urdu, and Surinamese, along with a good understanding of Punjabi, Spanish, French and Italian.
Mr. Lachman is a citizen of the Netherlands, where he grew up and lived for more than 25 years before moving to New York in the early 2000s. For the past 16 years, Mr. Lachman has lived in Vancouver, Canada, New York City and London, where he currently resides.
Mr. Lachman and the Angie team recently co-authored the following papers:
- Blueprint for Building 5G Primed Fiber Backhauled Telecom Infrastructures (Angie en tech firms consortium, May 8, 2017).
- Angie’s response to the USA FCC’s Notice of Inquiry in the matter of spectrum above 24 GHz (see link via www.5Gwe.com).
- Angie’s response to UK Ofcom’s Call for Input on Spectrum above 6 GHz for future mobile services (see link via www.5Gwe.com).
- On November 11, 2016, the Angie team published an analysis on the “Smart” industry, laying bare the risks, shortcomings, challenges and opportunities of large-scale, city-wide Internet-of-Things and Smart City projects. Click here for the document.