Electric Imp is building a core connectivity platform within the Internet of Things through an innovative solution that delivers a powerful cloud service tied closely to leading-edge hardware, making it simple to connect devices to the Internet. Our unique WiFi-enabled solution dramatically decreases cost and time to market and is reliable and secure, empowering manufacturers and developers to manage and quickly scale their connected products and services to millions of users.
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In early 2011, Hugo Fiennes, CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp, was remodeling a bathroom in his home and wanted to add a strip of RGB lights under a cabinet to light the floor. His plan was to connect them to WiFi so they could display all sorts of ambient information - the hourly weather forecast, daily calendar, stock prices - all indicated with color changes along the strip that could be seen at a glance.
It turned out to be a bigger project than Hugo imagined and after much frustration with the available tools, he decided that there really should be a better, simpler way to integrate connectivity. Besides the fact that it was pretty tough for any hobbyist to make a useful networked device, the same issues were facing commercial entities. Businesses who tried venturing into Internet connectivity usually ended up reinventing the wheel at great cost, resulting in products that were expensive, fragile and often communicated to nothing more than a smartphone app.
What was needed, Hugo concluded, was to take the best implementations of hardware, firmware and cloud service, consolidate them into a powerful Internet of Things-inspired platform, and let them be applied to any device in the world.
Hugo began building hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s, and he has been making useful and successful things ever since. Prior to co-founding Electric Imp, Hugo led Apple's hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking Apple iPhone. Early in his career, Hugo founded empeg, creator of the first in-car MP3 digital audio player. He then worked on many more MP3 players at Rio before moving to the US from his native England to work for Apple in 2006.Peter Hartley, Software Architect and Co-founder
In his role at Electric Imp, Peter draws from considerable software architecture and engineering expertise within a variety of disciplines, including animation, networking and embedded multimedia, for companies such as DisplayLink and Sigmatel. Peter is based in Electric Imp’s office in Cambridge, England.Oliver Hutaff, CFO
Oliver brings more than 17 years of corporate and operational financial management to Electric Imp. Most recently, Oliver was CFO at Roku, Inc. He was honored as 2012 CFO of the Year by the San Jose - Silicon Valley Business Journal.William Podrasky, EVP, Global Sales and Business Development
Bill is an accomplished 20 year veteran of business development and sales, with experience in SaaS, telecom, mobility and software markets, and expertise in successfully managing early stage companies through critical growth stages. Prior to Electric Imp, Bill held roles at Microsoft, Danger, Inc., and JasperWireless.