Sean Murphy

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to PingThings, Sean built a small data science and analytics consultancy that served multiple industries and quickly grew to over a million dollars a year in revenue. Previously, he bootstrapped an email analytics company to over $500K in ARR and served as the director or research and an instructor at Manhattan Prep (acquired by Kaplan). Prior, he was a senior scientist at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory for over a decade, where he focused on machine learning, high-performance and cloud-based computing, and anomaly detection. He has undergraduate degrees in honors mathematics (cum laude) and honors electrical engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland College Park and graduate degrees in biomedical engineering (summa cum laude) from Johns Hopkins University and business (with Distinction) from Oxford University.

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Mike Brown

Chief Technology Officer

Mike is a hands-on technologist and business leader that has (co)founded four venture-backed companies in several industries including broadband networking, mobile video, cloud storage, cybersecurity and AI assisted digital health. Collectively his teams’ products have served more than 300 million subscribers and earned $3.2B in worldwide sales. Prior to launching his startup career, Mike led pioneering systems engineering programs for the DoD and Intelligence communities and was a radar missile guidance and ECM-ECCM engineer. He loves all things digital and creating world class, leading-edge products and services that enhance our daily lives. Mike holds an MBA from Boston University, MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Board of Directors

Paul Winters

Managing Partner, Petra Funds Group

Paul Winters is the board representative of Three Curve Capital LP (“TCC”), the family office of Mr. Stuart Porter, founder and CEO of Denham Capital Management LP (“Denham”). TCC invests in early stage companies across a range of technologies, applications and sectors. Paul also serves as Managing Director and General Counsel of Denham, a $9.5 billion+ energy and resources focused investment advisor. He is responsible for all legal matters involving Denham, its funds and its investments. Paul has almost 25 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, and has handled a wide range of matters arising across the lifecycle of companies in the energy sector. He serves as a board member of Greenleaf Power, a North American biomass-focused IPP, and Endeavor Energy, an Africa-focused thermal and renewable IPP, among others.

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Andrew Byrnes

Venture Capitalist, Micron Technology

As Director for Micron's AI Fund and portfolio manager for Comet Labs, Andrew invests in and supports the best early-stage AI and robotics startups that transform big industries. His focus is in deep tech, industrial automation, and computing hardware that enable the next wave of machine learning innovation. Prior to Comet, Andrew was the founder of Stower Energy - an early startup leveraging machine learning to provide predictive operations and maintenance for distributed energy systems - and project manager for utility scale power developer the Martifer Group. He did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and enjoys his limited peaceful moments in the quiet fog of Pacifica.

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Ali Raza

Chief Digital Officer, ChampionX

Biography coming soon.

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Board of Advisors

Leonard Rainow

Senior Executive, Hubbell Incorporated

As Vice President, Software for Hubbell Utilities Solutions, Leonard is responsible for leading the design, development and delivery of enterprise class cloud-native Industrial IoT solutions that enable electric, water, and gas distribution utilities to safely, reliably, and efficiently operate their networks. Leonard has more than 30 years of experience in software industry, working for both public and private companies. Leonard has held leadership positions as Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of Software Engineering for companies such as General Electric, Oracle, Selectica, Manugistics and others.Leonard started his career as software architect at PeopleSoft’s pre-IPO stage. He studied Applied Mathematics at Odessa University in Odessa, Ukraine.

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Cory Baldwin

Vice President, Infrastructure IoT at Bentley Systems

Biography coming soon.

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Alison Silverstein

Independent Consultant

Alison Silverstein is an independent consultant, strategist and researcher on electric system reliability, resilience, market design, transmission, energy efficiency and technology adoption issues. Her work on major federal electricity efforts includes the U.S. DOE’s Staff Report on Electric Markets and Reliability, three national transmission congestion studies, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative framework, and the industry-wide advancement of synchrophasor technology. Silverstein has advised states, utilities, ISOs, and non-governmental entities since 2004. Silverstein worked as a senior advisor to Chairman Pat Wood, III, at FERC from 2001 through 2004, co-chairing the 2003 U.S.-Canada blackout investigation, at the Public Utility Commission of Texas from 1995-2001, and previously at PG&E and as a consultant in Washington DC. She serves on the Boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

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Dr. Alexandra von Meier

Grid Subject Matter Expert

Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where she teaches a course on Electric Power Systems. She is also Director in CIEE’s Electric Grid program area, focuses on power distribution systems, Smart Grid issues, and the integration of distributed and intermittent generation. Her current research projects center on the use of high-precision micro-synchrophasor measurements for situational awareness, diagnostics and control applications in distribution grids.

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