Eric is the founder of numerous venture-backed companies, including KickApps (first white-label social media platform), MeshNetworks (acquired by Motorola in 2003), Triton Network Systems (fixed wireless radios, 2000 IPO), TeraNex (massively parallel processing devices for HD video), SkyCross (high performance antennas), and MILCOM (venture fund and incubator based on military technologies).
Eric began his career in technology designing and coding an order-tracking software for a women’s clothing manufacturer. He subsequently launched the world’s very first user-generated video upload website in 1998 at KnowHowVideo.com; tried again in 2000 with Howcast.com; and yet again in 2003 with KnowItAllVideo.com. These projects taught Eric the very valuable lesson that timing is everything!
Eric graduated from Tufts University and earned his law degree from American University (member of AU Law Review). He practiced intellectual property law at Akin, Gump and Straus in Washington, DC. Eric subsequently co-owned and operated JED Broadcasting (Oregon-based radio group) and New Brand Agency Group (literary agency) prior to launching his first technology company in 1996.
Tom’s love affair with all things computing, hardware, and communications began in the mid-80's. His passion growing while soldering upgrades into floppy drives and "enhancing" modems and phone lines to get better speed on his dial-up compuserve connection.
What started as a passion grew into a career years later while serving in the U.S. Army as an Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence Specialist and Linguist. As a Technical Director at an overseas location, Tom specialized in multiple analytic disciplines and participated in the creation and evaluation of several national-level intelligence products. He also earned Adjunct Faculty status at the National Cryptologic School and both co-authored and taught highly technical courses in several subject areas, including analytics, reporting, astrodynamics, and advanced radio theory. In short, he had a geektastic time.
While still serving in the Army, Tom earned a BS in Computer and Information Science from the University of Maryland, European Division. With this degree and the skills gained through both practice and study, Tom intended to transition from military status to a civilian position within the DoD. As fate would have it, however, mid-transition, he received an “offer he couldn't refuse” and came to New York City to lead a team of developers attempting to create an algorithm that would connect like-minded people with others who shared their aspirations. At this point, he was thoroughly infected with the startup bug.
A couple of years later, (before most had heard the phrase "Internet of Things") Tom met Eric, and they decided to found a company called "Flow" with the vision of realtime data sharing between disparate systems in an agile way. Since that first meeting in a diner in Gramercy, Tom has loved every second of building the flowthings.io team and technology to realize that vision. He especially enjoys how his role lets him play with some neat hardware, get his hands dirty with a soldering iron, and constantly be amazed at the terminal effect a bunch of 1's and 0's flowing through the internet can have on the physical world.
During the day Tom typically plays with Pivotal Tracker, (insert the new devops hotness here), Python, Node, and a touch of Go when behind a keyboard, and with sensors, devices, gateways, radios, servos, and LEDs when not. He wishes he had more time to customize his ‘.vimrc’, or build “yet another cluster for testing” just for fun, but always finds more things to write|sort|prioritize|spec|plan|devops before he can get there.
In addition to his work on flowthings.io, Tom is the proud father of three smaller and better versions of himself and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two dogs. He enjoys live music, complicated tabletop games, perforating paper from extreme distance and the study thereof, and making plans for the fully self sustaining domicile he intends to build.
Over a 25 year distinguished career as a sales and marketing executive, Mike has led numerous early stage venture backed companies to successful liquidity events and the creation of shareholder wealth. Mike’s efforts to bring to market early stage firms and define emerging markets span a remarkable range that includes Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and Cyber Security.
Prior to joining working on flowthings.io, Mike founded the business team at CipherCloud, an Andreessen Horowitz portfolio company and market leader in Cloud Data Encryption. At CipherCloud, Mike led sales through the formative years of corporate lifecycle and worked to create market defining Cloud partnerships with Salesforce.com, Amazon AWS, and Microsoft Office 365.
Mike’s other successful ventures include CollabNet (first commercial Cloud offering for DevOps, leader in Open Source software and World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer), Geodesic Systems (JVM technology licensor to Sun Microsystems and acquired by Veritas) and IKOS Systems (a leader in ASIC design automation, IPO in 1992 and acquired by Mentor Graphics).
Mike started his career in technology with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he secured and executed contracts for Trident Missile and FAA programs, as a senior systems engineer and business capture leader.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University.
Lars has spent the past 25 years financing and operating media and technology companies. He has been a venture capitalist, BoD member, founder, executive, consultant, investor, and lender to a broad array of media and technology companies. Over his career, Lars has gravitated from large media companies to start-up technology companies.
As a principal at Bank of America’s global private equity business, he has sources and executed over $200 million of direct investments, as well as $60 million of commitments to private equity and venture funds. He has served on the BoDs of 17 companies, and been a BoD observer for another 11 companies.
Prior to working with flowthings.io, Lars was the co-Founder and CFO of Fusion Media Group, a venture-backed consolidator of media companies.
Steve began working with computers as a graduate student in music when needed to print out his musical scores and got sucked into the fabulous world of 'making computers do stuff'.
Since then he's spent a lot of time as a developer building anything from tiny little things to giant enterprisey kinds of things, but is happy to work on anything as long as it's interesting and complicated. He likes working on flowthings.io because he's had the opportunity to design and build ridiculously ambitious projects that sane people would refuse. He's probably the only developer on the team who's used an actual, live punch card machine and still remembers when Java was cool.
Steve has a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Columbia University.
Matt is a bearded British guy who lives in New York City.
His love affair with tech began at a young age with a Commodore 64 and tape deck, back when installing games required a little more effort than knowing your parent's AppleID password. Matt has traditionally took a somewhat masochistic approach to learning; his first programming language experience was C++, his first linux distribution was Gentoo. With time, this has mellowed into pragmatism. Now he prefers to spend time working on operating systems with WiFi drivers out-of-the-box, and languages with some form of garbage collection.
Matt received his Bachelors in Computer Science at the University of Warwick, England. One of his lecturers inspired him to learn more about Neural Computation and AI, which were his favourite classes. He was however, forced to abandon a side-project to visually map mental concepts with ANNs before it became Skynet.
After working in many different areas of IT from telecoms to gambling to finance, Matt found a small, tech-focused company in DUMBO and immediately realized this is where he wanted to be. Since joining the flowthings.io team in 2014, Matt has been unshackled from his old workhorses, Java and SQL, and been able to expand his horizons with Clojure, Haskell, MongoDB and Go. Working for a startup has been the best career move he's ever made; perhaps one day he'll be able to forget the acronyms ITSM and EJB ever existed.
Matt spends much of his time outside of work running marathons, rock climbing, cooking, and proselytizing the merits of drinking cups of tea.
Nathan got his start in computing building his own computer with his Grandpa in the late 90s. Since then, he's learned to work on almost every level of the stack, from high-level graphics and 3D rendering to MIPS assembly.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 with a degree in Arts & Technology. And after a short career as graphic designer and illustrator, Nathan decided to dive back into programming full time.
At flowthings.io, Nathan is the jack-of-all-trades. When he isn't working on web apps, he's writing libraries, designing assets, and poking around on the platform. He loves programming languages and especially functional programming.
Greg's the small thin guy, who will genuinely surprise you when he manages to yell louder than you.
That was his secret to success in college debate – yelling loudly. He managed to win the National Championship with that strategy, so it must have worked well enough.
Besides debate, he also studied Physics in college. He's also the guy in the office who uses Linux as his desktop operating system – as if you didn't think he was a masochist enough already when you learned he studied Physics. He's also currently writing this bio in OSX, because his Linux Nvidia drivers are refusing to properly interface with ACPID and he has no GUI. Masochism isn't his only reason for using Linux, he's genuinely interested in how Operating Systems work, and enjoys having to work on these kinds of problems, even when he can't fix it easily. Or, he has fun doing it because of the Masochism, it's unclear where one of these things starts and the other ends.
Greg's interests outside of work include living in Brooklyn, doing the kinds of things that people do in Brooklyn. And he one day dreams of being forced out of high political office after what the media will term an embarrassing sex scandal.
Chris was interested in computers well before his family actually owned one. So technically his first exposure to computers was probably the cute picture book his relatives gave him before he had a machine he could call his own. But his true passion emerged just about the time when, as a 12 year old, he learned about the AOL piracy scene, during the mid to late 90s. This led him down the rabbithole to wasting countless hours on EFnet, particularly #cracking4newbies, which helped kindle a love of reverse engineering that continues to this day.
Prior to joining Flow, Chris attended the Recurse Center, a three month educational retreat for programmers. There he learned more about functional programming, and studied Clojure and Haskell. He also spent a not insignificant amount of time studying cryptography and how it's broken, via the Matasano cryptopal challenges. In a past life, Chris did real estate-related stuff at Morgan Stanley.
Like many of his colleagues, Chris lives in Brooklyn. In his spare time, you might find him climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, or trying to smash the stack.
Chris holds a BA in Economics from Villanova University.
Raj has bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and over a decade of experience building innovative software products.
Prior to Flow, Raj served as co-founder and CTO of Appguppy Mobile, a software company funded by WIM and Gen-Y Capital (and later acquired by Flow). While a student at MIT, Raj co-founded educational software firm Cognate Technologies, which was sold to a medical services company. He also co-founded and served as director of the Next Generation Classroom at MIT, a joint venture with Microsoft, focusing on early mobile computing technology.
Earlier in his career, Raj served as lead architect at Wolf and Company, where he designed and managed the implementation of financial risk management systems for the banking industry. Prior to that, he served as lead engineer at IDL Systems.
Raj has been profiled in Crain's Business Magazine and has been quoted in publications such as Forbes, the Washington Times, United Press International, and eWeek. He has also appeared on several radio and TV stations.
Raj is heavily involved in non-profit work: he has served on the board of directors of OneWorld Classrooms and the American Disaster Preparedness Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society technology committee, which guides medical technology implementation for the State of Massachusetts. Raj is also a member of several engineering honors societies, including Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu, and has won awards in computer science and robotics design.