Our Team

Niall Murphy

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Niall is a technologist and serial-entrepreneur. Niall co-founded pan European WiFi network The Cloud in 2003, acquired by British Sky Broadcasting (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in 2011. He was also recently CEO of multi-platform gaming software firm Marmalade. Niall founded one of the first ISPs in Africa in a joint venture with Sprint in 1994, later acquired by UUnet. He subsequently founded three digital media businesses in South Africa, he later sold. He also co-founded The Digital Thinking Network, a future scenario planning organisation based in Amsterdam. Niall has authored and presented numerous papers around the world, including at TED. He was a co-author of the WiFi International Roaming Access Protocols framework in 2005, adopted by the IETF. Niall contributed as a policy adviser on telecoms in South Africa in the early 90s through an African National Congress (ANC) think tank.

Andy Hobsbawm

Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm Agency.com in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009. Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch. He has been a weekly columnist about the new economy for the Financial Times, a member of GartnerG2’s first advisory board on online advertising and spoken at numerous conferences including TED. He has yet to receive any royalties from obscure pop songs released by a minor independent record label in Europe.

Dominique Guinard

Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer

Dom Guinard got his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, where he worked on laying down the foundations of the Web of Things: a world-wide network of interconnected objects (sensors, appliances, machines and tagged objects) and co-founded the WebofThings.org. Before this, he worked on bringing industrial networks of RFID-tagged objects to the Web at the MIT Auto-ID Labs in USA. He also worked 4 years for SAP on the software aspects of the next generation platform for integrating real-world services with business systems. Dominique was a researcher at the Auto-ID Labs Zurich, working on mobile interactions with the Internet of Things (IoT) for Nokia. Before this, he worked on scalable IoT enterprise software architectures for Sun Microsystems. He holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science and Management from the Universities of Fribourg and Bern with a specialization in mobile and ubiquitous computing at Lancaster University, UK. In 2011, Dominique was listed 5th amongst the top 100 IoT thinkers by Postscapes. Early in 2012, his Ph.D. research was granted the ETH Medal.

Robert Whiteside

Chief Commercial Officer

Robert Whiteside has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Most recently as Senior Director of Worldwide Operations and Marketing at Expedia, Robert helped develop the Expedia Affiliate Network – the B2B arm of Expedia Inc. Prior to this, Robert worked for 7 years at Google, taking charge of Google Apps and New Products Strategy for EMEA: developing go-to market strategies for new software-as-a-service applications. In addition to this, Robert has previously held roles at Oracle and Exxon Mobil.

Vlad Trifa

Co-founder & Executive Vice President of Research and Development

Vlad is also a co-founder of WebofThings.org and has a Ph.D. in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and a M.Sc. in computer science with a concentration in robotics and machine learning from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Widely published, Vlad is a recognized expert in the interconnection of networked embedded devices (sensor networks, robots, mobile phones, RFID, etc.) with higher-level applications using Web technologies. He also worked as a researcher in urban and mobile computing at the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA and Singapore, in bio-acoustics and distributed signal processing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and in human-robot interaction and neurosciences the ATR International Research Center in Kyoto (Japan). He also gained industrial experience in factory automation and enterprise computing working as a research associate for SAP Research from 2007 to 2010.

Curt Schacker

Curt Schacker

Vice President & Managing Director, Connected Products

Curt has spent over 25 years in the Silicon Valley high tech community, having held a number of senior positions in sales, marketing, and business development, including VP of Worldwide Marketing at Wind River (Intel), Executive VP of Field Operations at Real-Time Innovations, and VP of Sales at Arrayent. He co-founded and served as CEO of Embedded Solution Partners, which was named the 20th fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley in 2006. Curt has spoken and served as a panelist at numerous events around the world, offering education and insight into leading edge embedded and communications software topics. He is a strong advocate for advancement of Web- connected products. Curt began his career developing flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. He graduated with honors from Wright State University with a degree in Computer Science.

Andrew Ahn

Andrew Ahn

General Manager, Korea

Andrew is General Manager of EVRYTHNG for Korea, and is based in Seoul. Over the past 20 years Andrew has worked for a number of multinational companies in Korea, including Citibank, Visa, KPMG and most recently Intellectual Ventures. He also worked for Samsung Electronics in its global marketing operations until the early 2000s.

Jeff Burde

Investor Director

Jeff has over 20 years’ experience as an international finance leader across diverse investments and geographies. He is an active investor in marketing technology companies that connect brands and advertisers directly with consumers. Jeff also serves as Vice Chairman – Head of the Americas of personalised video start-up Idomoo Inc. and Board Director of media and measurement platform TruEffect. Previously in his role as the Managing Director Asia Pacific for Merrill Lynch, he oversaw key businesses spanning Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Mattias Ljungman

Mattias Ljungman

Investor Director

Mattias launched Atomico in 2006 alongside Niklas Zennström and has been involved with exits or substantial transactions in companies including Supercell (majority stake to SoftBank valuing the business at $3bn in 2013) and The Climate Corporation (acquired by Monsanto for $1.1B in 2013). Before launching Atomico, Mattias was the head of investments at CLS Holdings, and worked in M&A consultancy at LEK and in-fund management at Valu-Trac. He holds a Masters from the Stockholm School of Economics and a BA with Honors from McGill University.

Bruce Beckloff

Advisory Board Member

Bruce is the Managing Director and founder of Bloc Ventures, targeting investment in early life-cycle companies focused on the emerging Industrial Internet market. View Bruce’s LinkedIn profile

David Bell

David Bell

Advisory Board Chairman, North America

David Bell is Chairman of Slipstream, Operating Advisor of Pegasus Capital Advisors, and Senior Advisor at AOL. He also serves as a director to a number of publicly listed companies and internet startups. View David’s LinkedIn profile

Andrew Deitchman

Andrew Deitchman

Advisory Board Member

Andrew Deitchman has an extensive background in agency-side marketing and consulting. He founded Mother New York in 2003. View Andrew’s LinkedIn profile

Finnegan Faldi

Finnegan Faldi

Advisory Board Member

Finnegan is President and CEO of TruEffect, an innovative ad tech company. He also serves on the boards of SaaS technology companies RevGuard and Rainmaker. View Finnegan’s LinkedIn profile

Richard Sells

Richard Sells

Advisory Board Member

Richard Sells is Group Managing Director of The Aurora Group, an international manufacturing company selling innovative lighting solutions in 38 countries around the world. View Richard’s LinkedIn profile

Chan Suh

Chan Suh

Advisory Board Member

Chan is Senior Partner & Chief Digital Officer of Prophet, a global strategic brand and marketing consultancy. He co-founded Agency.com in 1995. View Chan’s LinkedIn profile