Steve has managed numerous software projects, large and small, and is very happy to be able to apply that experience to help solve a problem he feels is so important: high energy consumption and GHG emissions. Reducing carbon emissions is now his passion: he bikes to meetings, refuses to fly if it can be avoided, and vigilantly looks for energy leaks in his own home. He has mechanical engineering and business degrees from Stanford, and spent many years building & marketing software for IC design. In his spare time he builds interesting things like windmills, mobiles and electric vehicles.
Lisa • President & CEO
Lisa has worked at 9 startups over her career, most of which — but not all — successfully delivered valuable products to customers. HEA is the most important startup yet because reducing energy consumption is one the most important problems facing the US. Her formal education was electrical engineering from the University of Texas and an MLA from Stanford. She spent many years in the electronic design automation industry as well as being "mom" and going back to school to study literature, philosophy and other fun (but not particularly marketable) subjects. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and running trails with her buddies and dogs.
Travis • Project Architect
Travis is the rare technologist who is also a gifted artist. He understands how to make complex data & concepts both elegant & understandable. He has worked at Microsoft, at several innovative silicon valley startups, including several he founded, and has also pursued interests in photography, travel and theater. He started life in Texas but has also lived in Seattle, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chicago and San Francisco. We rely on Travis for his brilliant observations, deep technical experience, artistic eye and knowledge in managing complex software projects.
Jan is a programming prodigy. He and Steve started working together when Jan was a mere teenager. His knowledge is deep and wide-ranging. He is making sure HEA can handle millions of users quickly, accurately and securely as we grow.
Ildar is our enterprise software expert and single-handedly implemented the first version of the HEA software. His broad experience with security, software architecture and robust object oriented design allowed him to add core features that we didn't know we'd need till much later.
Mikhail has worked with Steve for over 10 years on various software projects. He is an algorithm expert with a background in engineering analytics, and is applying a wide range of analysis methods to intelligently categorize all the new smart meter data.
Alex is an all around software handyman. He keeps improving the system and quickly debugs any problems to make sure it runs smoothly.
As a software developer, Sachin loves to work on Android products. He is a deep thinker and loves to solve logical problems. He has done engineering in both the electronics & communications fields. His hobbies are singing & listening to songs, reciting poems and playing cricket.
Chris - Plug Load Guru
Chris is the founder of PowerDown (now known an as ScaleBack.us), an electrical auditing service helping homeowners and business owners in Northern California reduce their electrical consumption and utility bills.
In his practice, Chris concentrated on plug load, or the inadvertent use of power by always-on devices, plus the discretionary behavior and use of power by the home or building’s occupants. Chris is a regular lecturer in energy reduction classes and consults to local energy groups, utilities, solar companies and building performance firms. Prior to PowerDown, Chris held marketing and product management positions at Oracle, Adobe Systems and finished his corporate career as a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank.
Patti - Energy Coach
Patti advocates being kind to the environment by understanding and cooperating with the forces of nature and physics, rather than fighting against them. She reduced her home's energy waste - cutting her bills in half, and now enjoys being an Energy Coach helping others do the same. Patti has worked on residential energy efficiency projects at environmental non-profits such as Acterra, NRDC, and Ecology Action. She is a BPI-trained Building Analyst (U.S. Building Performance Institute) and earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida.
Previous experience includes 15 years in computer and tablet technology product development with stints in systems engineering, product marketing, product management and program management. Cool community activity: Teaching backyard composting and vermicomposting at schools and community centers - an amazing form of recycling and waste management. Patti continues to make progress towards a zero waste and ZNE (zero net energy) home.
Lorin - Energy Coach
Lorin has been fighting energy inefficiency and supporting a cultural revolution of smart energy utilization since 2011 at such places as Acterra’s green@Home program, CLEAResult, and DOE’s Home Energy Score prior to joining Home Intel. Also an EV owner, Lorin is committed to influencing the electrification of America’s transport.
Danny - Energy Coach
studies Meteorology and Climate Science at San Jose State University. Climate change mitigation is his primary mission—his primary “why” is to provide a peaceful future for his 9 year old niece. He prioritizes scalable solutions for this global problem. Danny believes that passive design techniques and zero-net energy buildings are the definite way forward. His next actionable step is optimizing the buildings we have now, and he aims to share a good time while doing it!
Danny enjoys the insanity of leaving the comforts of his home to go backpacking. He also maintains that two wheels are better than four—BRAAP!
Rebecca - Intern
is helping with Energy Audits and learning the world of residential energy conservation. She is excited to learn the process of home audits and help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint one Kw at a time! She was raised in an environmentally conscious household and that lifestyle stays true to her today. Her professional background experience includes 18+ years as a Certified Massage Therapist and is currently a Dean’s list student at Skyline College.
Hugh puts all the pieces together. He has been instrumental in developing HEA's app, UnPlugStuff.com. Now he's making sure HEA software works smoothly with Green Button Connect and other utility systems.
Primoz develops apps for the iPhone and iPad. He makes sure the apps run smoothly and pays attention to every detail. Even though he is a lawyer by education, programming has been his passion since he was a kid. In his own words, becoming a full-time app developer was one of the best decisions he ever made.
World-class developer and big data analytics expert. Helps HEA improve analytic performance. James architected and implemented a proven, robust software tool that analyzes 100's of millions of semiconductor timing paths in minutes. He has researched and implemented advanced numerical analysis routines for chip design and more recently thermodynamic building science issues. He is an expert in agile development methods, and ran a software company for over 10 years with a policy of zero outstanding bugs
Life is coding and coding is life. A real Jedi master in code but also in riding a monowheel, driving motorcycle and dancing salsa. Curious about new experiences and loves traveling. Preferred life moment: coding and gaming for 6+ hours.
Sahrish is an HTML & web scripting expert who makes sure our service looks great no matter how ancient the user's browser or email client.
Jeff provides us with excellent legal advice. He serves as outsourced general counsel for emerging growth companies in and around Silicon Valley. He and Steve were good friends at Stanford and Jeff went on to get his J.D. from UCLA. Among other things, the two share a passion for white water rafting.
Jeff Byron has more than 35 years of experience in emerging energy technologies, customer requirements, and energy policy. His focus has been on the technical, regulatory, and financial implications of clean-energy and smart-grid technologies. He recently served for five years on the California Energy Commission. He now consults with a number of startup companies and is Co-Chair of the Cleantech Open, a not-for-profit organization that runs the world's largest accelerator for clean technology startup companies.
Elton Sherwin worked for 15 years as a venture capitalist and is an authority on the economics of climate change. In 2010 he authored Addicted to Energy – A Venture Capitalist's Perspective on How to Save our Economy and Our Climate. Elton's first book, The Silicon Valley Wayis used by entrepreneurs and university programs around the world. He is an occasional guest speaker at Stanford University on energy policy and entrepreneurship.
Gil Masters works on energy efficiency and renewable energy systems as keys to slowing global warming, enhancing energy security, and improving conditions in underserved, rural communities. Although officially retired since 2002, he continues to teach at Stanford University. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Policy and Planning (2008). Professor Masters has received a number of teaching awards at Stanford. Over the years, more than 12,000 students have enrolled in his courses, including Steve.
Tamara is one of the few people in the world who knows about energy efficiency, SQL and project management. She is working on making sure we are always improving the customer experience through better information and presentation. She's also working on her MBA from Berkeley in her spare time.
Lilli has been in the technical and marketing communications biz for over 40 years, 20 of which were spent in Silicon Valley working at various startups with the best and brightest. She would like to retire, but a life of lazy beach combing and idle wave counting eludes her. She designed our website and helps us keep it up-to-date.
Eggi is pursuing her passion to make an impact on reducing energy use after spending most of her career in IC design. She supports and trains our partners as we expand to new communities.
Shuma - Sennior mascot
and office holder downer. Shuma is a calm, constant presence except at dinner time when he anxiously reminds everyone that "it's time".
Sealy - Junior mascot
A transplant from Texas where she spent her formative years. Shuma's teaching her the ropes and she seems to enjoy life in California. She does not conserve energy but expends a great deal of it running and playing!
Scooby - Intern Mascot
is very efficient with conserving energy while he lounges and sleeps all day. His other skills include eating leftover pizza crust and driving his parents crazy. He fits right into HEA mascot team.