Our Team
The Epic team of seasoned automotive, energy and digital industry professionals
Ilya Marin
CEO, Co-founder
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Serial entrepreneur, Ilya’s business experience is in creating and selling hardware and software digital solutions.
Michael Fridshtand
Software Engineering, Co-founder
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Serial entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder of Amplifier.AI. Michael brings a collected 15 years of experience in software development, blockchain, AI, VR, BigData.
Michael Bakunin
Board chairman
San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Michael Bakunin has 20 years of international experience in the Automotive and Telecom industries. In the past decade, Michael has focused on e-mobility while working for the Renault-Nissan Alliance across 3 continents, and more recently, for Nuvve, the vehicle-to-grid company.
Andrey Konchenko
Advisor, Product
Orange County, CA
Global digital innovation leader with 15 years of experience in the energy industry with Schlumberger and 5 years building products in Silicon Valley. Andrey is currently leading Product strategy and product development for energy industry at DroneDeploy.com
Russell Vare
Advisor, GTM & Channels strategy 
San Diego, CA
Russell Vare has 20 years of experience in clean tech with a focus on EVs, energy storage and EV charging. He is currently leading sales and marketing at Flex Power Control, a Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) hardware company. Russels' previous experience is in building GTM strategies and sales operations in Nuvve, Mercedes Benz and Nissan.
Robert Campbell
Senior Advisor, Growth
Houston, TX
Robert is Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Softeq Venture Studio, where he helps start-ups with growth strategy and fundraising.
He spent nearly a decade with Bain’s Private Equity Group, where he led dozens of diligence and post-acquisition growth strategy projects for institutional investors. He now focuses on independent investing and advisory work around utility-scale battery storage and E-Mobility. 
Trent Kososki
Senior Advisor, Growth
Houston, TX
Trent has 17 years of private equity investing experience with a focus on e-mobility, energy storage, power and renewables. He currently serves as a Senior Operating Partner at Stonepeak. Previously, he served as a Managing Director with Stonepeak and Partner with ECP, where he spent 15 years after joining at its founding in 2005. Trent currently focuses on investing throughout the battery and e-mobility value chain and helping companies rapidly scale.