Solve hard problems, make a big impact

Be a part of a growing team, innovative culture, and the entire parking industry.

Smarking is a team of data scientists, PhDs, engineers, and business professionals who set out on a journey to bring cutting edge solutions to the parking world. Frustrated by the stagnation of data analytics and yield management technologies in parking, the Smarking team is working to make the lives of parking professionals and parkers easier by bringing innovation to this $50 billion global industry.

Since our launch at MIT in 2014, Smarking has graduated from Y Combinator (Winter 2015), attracted world-class investors, happy customers, and grown into a team with experts from both parking and tech.

FOUNDERS

Wen Sang

Maokai Lin

Chief Executive Officer 

Chief Data Scientist 

Leader of the team, Wen is an automotive engineer turned entrepreneur who pinpointed the idea behind the company while earning his PhD at MIT. A hustler, doer, and data-driven thinker, he is passionate about fixing up the information inefficiency in the parking industry and a lover of running, sailing, and skiing.
With a PhD in Applied Math / Operations Research from MIT, Maokai has danced with tons of data at Facebook and Morgan Stanley and wants to use his data expertise to propel parking into the future. The winner of a National Olympiad Medal, Maokai also won “fittest baby” in his hometown at 9 months old.

SALES

Diego Torres-Palma

Cassius Jones

VP of Growth

Sr. Account Executive

Civil Engineer turned entrepreneurial MBA, Diego has launched two companies including a bow tie company which he recently sold. He’s been recognized as one of Boston’s 50 on Fire and is looking to do the same here in San Francisco. Diego is new to the beard game and a lover of cycling caps.
Spearheading Smarking's new business initiatives, Cassius has a passion for discovering new ways to leverage Smarking’s analytics platform. A former UBS banking analyst, Cassius graduated from William and Mary with a degree in Finance and enjoys spending his spare time at the gym and beating his colleagues in board games.

Shaheen Sharif

Account Executive

Spearheading Smarking's municipal business initiatives, Shaheen has a passion for revolutionizing the parking industry and helping municipalities find ways to leverage Smarking’s analytics platform. A former founder, Shaheen started an education program, Action Enterprises, which sought to make the classroom more relevant by bringing in career professionals who explained how their professions related to classroom lessons.

Ross Shanken

Head of Strategic Accounts

As Head of Strategic Accounts, Ross will focus on accelerating the growth within Smarking’s largest markets. Most recently Ross was CEO and Founder of ParkX, a cloud-based smartphone parking payment solution, where he lead the company through product ideation, initial launch, commercialization, rapid revenue growth and eventually a successful exit. He’s now bringing his incredible demand side insight of the parking industry over to Smarking as they scale.

CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Christine Tsang

Director of Business Operations and Customer Success

A migrant from the law, Christine loves helping early-stage startups scale quickly. With degrees from Yale College and Yale Law School, Christine has worked in law, clean energy, data-driven philanthropy, and also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar researching car culture in China. She loves cities, architecture, live music, and hunting for the perfect bowl of ramen.

Bill Bonhorst

Executive Account Manager

A self-proclaimed parking nerd with an entrepreneurial spirit, Bill began his parking career in college starting his own valet business and later advancing in the industry working for giants LAZ Parking and Xerox’s State & Local Government Solutions. Bill is a Stanford Certified Project Manager and is scaling client success for Smarking.

Tony Chen

Data Operations Analyst

Tony is a Yale grad who recently worked in consulting to help life science companies develop strategies for products ranging from software to pharmaceuticals to biotech devices. He also has experience in programming, using his knowledge from self-learning and programming at a student-run startup to help better understand how to work with software. Tony joins Smarking as a Data Operations Analyst, and is excited to help parking operators and cities better manage their parking assets

ENGINEERING

Yingxiang Yang

Yingxiang joined Smarking after getting his Master's degree in Transportation Engineering from MIT. With a focus on using massive digital traces to understand mobility patterns and transportation systems’ operational status, his research has already been applied in many countries around the world, including the United States, China, Brazil, Austria and Rwanda. 

Weihan Wang

VP of Engineering

Data Scientist and Software Engineer

A PhD dropout from the University of Toronto, Weihan is an entrepreneurial software engineer and manager who brings fifteen years of experience. Before Smarking, Weihan was the CTO of his own successful startup, AeroFS (also out of Y Combinator). He is a lover of reading, the outdoors, and creative entertainments.

Dongzhen Piao

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

A former researcher, Yinxiao received his PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Previously a software engineer at Shell, Yinxiao joined Smarking to focus on providing better technology to the parking industry. In his spare time he enjoys photography; sometimes a scientific problem needs an artist’s eyes.
Dongzhen brings a true full stack skillset to Smarking, serving as both a data scientist and full stack software engineer. Dongzhen received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on machine learning. Prior to joining Smarking Dongzhen played with large scale data from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. He sees massive potential in using data to improve the parking industry, and is now full steam ahead applying his data and software expertise to benefit owners and managers of parking assets.

Yinxiao Liu

Stephen Brennan

Tyler Becks

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

A long time data munger, a recent east coast transplant and bad pun aficionado, Steve brings broad experience and a toy poodle to the team. Steve’s background includes software tools, compiler design, system integration and team building. Steve is looking forward to a fun ride with the Smarking team!
A full-stack engineer and experienced parker himself, Tyler has recently discovered his latent passion for parking. Coming from a background of Oracle, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and his alma mater, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Tyler is now applying his engineering skills to improve the parking industry. When you meet him, ask him about the time he was smuggled out of a city in Bolivia.

OPERATIONS

Diana Bai

Chief of Staff / Operations

Former philosophy and physical sciences concentrator at Brown University, Diana brings all sorts of problem-solving mechanisms to streamline operations at Smarking. She’s previously worked in the hedge fund and biotech industries and is taking her abilities over to a point of convergence… tech!