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Why People Power?

What is People Power’s value proposition to Service Providers and Manufacturer’s in the Internet of Things?

Management Team

Our management team consists of industry veterans, many of whom have worked together before at Bitfone, a highly successful company delivering mobile management solutions.

Partners

We have the privilege to be working with partner companies that span the gamut from software, hardware, instrumentation and services.

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About Why PPC

Why People Power?

Our company was born with the intrinsic goal of helping humanize the Internet of Things. With that passion, we have earned the trust of smart home consumers worldwide, every day. Our people centric- and mobile-first solutions are designed to bring supportive and reassuring outcomes, built on our commitment to superb customer experience. We solve real challenges for real people in their daily lives. We know how to build relationships with consumers at nearly any scale. And our solutions are always built with future proofing and flexibility that evolving IoT opportunities demand. Consumers love us. Supported by instantaneous behavioral insights from our popular award-winning smart home app, Presence, we understand what it takes to deliver IoT experiences that customers love – and how to build and bring them to market.

So now, it’s personal. It’s our personal mission to help protect people and their homes for safety and efficiency, and even keep an eye on loved ones near or far. It’s about the people, after all. – Gene Wang, CEO

People Power is a smart home services enablement company for energy, security, and care, headquartered in Palo Alto, California with offices worldwide.

We are a company of dreamers, and doers – designers, engineers, visionaries and practicalists. We dare to imagine. On a daily basis, we consider the emerging capabilities of our award-winning app, Presence, and how to bring help and relief to real people in real-world situations. Our Presence app has recorded and sent over 80 million video alerts and reached the number one trending app of 2 million apps available in the Apple App Store (July 16-17, 2016). Presence is ranked with the top 0.1% of revenue-generating apps on the U.S. Apple App Store with a paid conversion rate above 4%. To our business customers, what’s most exciting about all this is our ability to white-label our successes into new revenue possibilities for them.

Our goal is to help business customers serve their customers better. Our B2B2C business model and flexible People Power IoT Suite integrates with any need or vision of IoT. Our entire cloud infrastructure was designed for a true mobile-first experience. Everything today is mobile. We build and deliver for iOS, Android and web. Our white-label capabilities mean you can now drive new value into your company’s brand with a proven turn-key solution for the Internet of Things.

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About Management

Management Team

Gene Wang, Chief Executive Officer

Gene Wang

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smart phone. People Power’s groundbreaking smartphone app, Presence, transforms spare iPhones, iPads, and iPods into wireless video cameras with motion detection video alerts for free home monitoring. Presence expands to control smart plugs to manage power, robotic stands so you can look around while remote, and other sensors to improve safety, convenience and save you money. People Power’s mobile-and-cloud Internet of Everything Architecture enables service providers and manufacturers to deliver smart home solutions to improve security, energy management and home automation.

Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gene likes to record and play music and is happily married with three great children and a bad dog.

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David Moss, President & Chief Technology Officer

David Moss

David Moss is President, CTO, and co-founder of People Power Company. David’s talents span the full technology spectrum, including hardware design, embedded firmware, wireless sensor networks, cloud platforms, mobile apps, user experiences, product management, and business development. Prior to People Power, David worked with Rincon Research Corporation to architect and deploy extremely low-power wireless sensor mesh networks in some of the most rugged and challenging environments ever faced by sensornet developers. David worked with Bitfone Corporation as both a Java developer and firmware engineer, where he integrated Bitfone’s revolutionary Over-the-Air Firmware Updates into tens of millions of Motorola phones. David’s open source contributions have been used by thousands of developers around the world. David taught himself the C programming language by the age of 12.

David enjoys playing trumpet in the People Power Band, playing Chopin on piano, mentoring students, and destroying opponents at foosball.

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Jason Caslavka, Chief Experience Officer

Jason Caslavka

Jason is a usability expert with over 19 years of experience in web design and development. Jason has designed enterprise web applications for large scale businesses like Hewlett-Packard and Sprint and he has also developed web sites and corporate identities for startups like XPAND Corporation and Victory Enterprises. In addition, Jason has worked on retail web stores like Ralph Lauren and designed and built web sites for Federal, County and City governments.

Jason believes the best way to improve usability is by studying your users. Watching your customers interact with what you’ve designed, identifying the stumbling blocks and making adjustments where necessary is critical to improving customer satisfaction.

Jason likes hiking, biking, camping and pretty much every outdoor activity he’s tried.

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Chris Ebert, Vice President & General Manager, Americas & EMEA

Chris Ebert

Chris has more than 20 years of international experience in sales, business development, strategic product marketing and product development in the Internet and IP wireless industry. With a proven track record in defining and bringing new technologies to market, he has played instrumental roles in the introduction of key technologies, from most recently Video 2.0, Cloud, Virtualization and the Internet-of Things (IOT), to the roll out of the first wireless data networks and bringing the internet to wireless phones and devices.

Chris possesses a broad perspective on the IoT industry, having held senior level positions with industry leader, Nokia Networks and notable start-ups Tatara Systems (Acquisition), Tahoe Networks (Acquisition), and Openwave, formerly Unwired Planet the birthplace of the wireless Internet (IPO) and earlier in his career working for Tier 1 operators AT&T (formerly Ameritech), United States Cellular and the Southern Company.

An accomplished public speaker, Chris has been a frequent spokesperson at industry events and trade shows. He has developed and conducted topical technical and business model webinars and has authored multiple published articles to his credit. He is currently on the advisory board of Vinja Video and Key2Mobile and has advised several other innovative start-ups.

Chris is passionate about technology and enjoys time with his wife, three children, live music and home restoration projects.

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David Moon, Vice President, Engineering

David Moon

David Moon is result driven executive with over 12 years of experience working with software development, Information Technology and Program/Project Management. He brings with him an energetic management style and expertise in managing and developing IT/Technical Operations for startups.

Prior to joining the People Power executive team, David was the Director of Programs and IT. As one of the core team members he exhibited his passion and dedication to People Power’s visions and team. Prior to People Power, David was the IT manager for several other companies with teams across a distributed work force (Toronto, Laguna Niguel and Beijing). His knowledge of systems, services and process development has allowed him to managed and provide an excellent quality of service with the minimum of resources.

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Tim Nelson, Chief Marketing Officer

Tim Nelson

Tim is a strategic marketing professional with experience in a variety of industries, including consumer products and services, technology and mobility. With an award-winning career of helping businesses win and maintain customers, Tim has held high-profile marketing and communication positions for global technology companies including Apple, HP and Sun Microsystems. While at Apple he contributed to more than 150 new product introductions, retail initiatives, and corporate communication campaigns. With the use of customer intelligence, direct-response strategies and story optimization, Tim’s goal is to accelerate customer acquisition and increase lifetime value of People Power products and services.

Tim spends his free time walking in nature, improving his culinary skills, and playing jazz guitar badly.

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Michelle Flajsner, Director of Business Development for EMEA

Michelle Flajsner

A seasoned technology professional with a wide range of successes in strategic management positions at Sun Microsystems and Motorola, Michelle takes her valuable experiences into every project she participates. Whether it’s field marketing, channel development or consumer programs, she’s committed to success in everything she does. Her management style depends on the benefits of process, lessons learned and best practices. At People Power Company, Michelle is the Director of Business Development for EMEA, helping engage and partner with B2B clients for predictable program success.

Michelle is a passionate photographer, skier and hiker who lives by the words of the recently deceased futurist Alvin Toffler, “The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.

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Stan Curtis, Vice President, Business Development

Stan Curtis

Stan is a senior business development executive, with experience in startups and global-product and services industries. As a strategy consultant for IBM and Accenture, Mr. Curtis led practices in innovation, collaboration and product supply-chain management. Most recently with IBM, Mr. Curtis is still an advisor in their Smarter Cities research and continues his work with Accenture Fellows on energy-models and performance management. With a systems engineering background, a graduate degree in operations research from Berkeley, and research with MIT, Mr. Curtis is a founding member of IBM’s Open Innovation Council and has facilitated several IBM Global Innovation workshops. Recent workshops were featured in IBM Smart Cities research, GOSCON, CEOs for Cities, The Competitiveness Institute, the Congress for New Urbanism and a Masterclass with CK Prahalad. Mr. Curtis is active with Portland/Metro planning experts and is an advisor on Eco-Districts and SmartGrid Oregon.

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Harri Okkonen, Senior Vice President, Finance

Harri Okkonen

Harri is a senior executive, with experience in different positions in startups since 1978. Most recently Harri co-founded the cloud based web application company, Wishfi, which was acquired by D-Link Systems. Before Wishfi Harri was member of the executive team building Bitfone to become a successful technology and market leader in fault tolerant over the air firm ware updates. Bitfone was acquired by Hewlett Packard. In the last years Harri has worked successfully as interim CEO / COO in Korea, India and Finland. Harri has a strong track record of delivering complex scalable products for the marketplace.

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Sid Sung, China, Board of Directors

Sid Sung

Sid has over 25 years of experience with telcos and services providers. He delivered his first cloud based solution to Sprint Canada in 2003. Since 2009, Sid has worked on broadband enabled applications (BBEA) for services providers including 4Home (acquired by Motorola then Google) and uControl (now merged with iControl). Since 2012, he has participated in global utility smart grid trial programs with next generation energy products including multiple RF gateway and sensor development and deployment.

In 1994, Sid started Alpha Telecom to focus on ISDN CPE solutions for global telecom equipment manufacturers (TEM) including Alcatel, Lucent, Nortel and Siemens. He was GM of SMC Networks USA and focused on NAR MSO channels. He led a team that grew from $24M to $100M within 5 years. Prior to join People Power, Sid was VP of Lite On Technologies for emerging application business development.

Today, Sid dedicates his career to creative and innovative IoE applications for real world development and deployment.

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Paul Peng, Director of Account Management

Paul Peng

Before joining People Power, Paul was Senior Director of New Technology and Product Marketing of IoT solutions for Oplink Communications. Paul was also a Senior Product Line Manager of Broadcom Corporation for the past 10 years. He has extensive software, communication and chip design experience from NEC, Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation.

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Charlotte Band, Director, Business Development

Charlotte Band

Charlotte has been with People Power since 2010, working on deals, partnerships, and strategy on the sales and business development team. She has 5 years of experience in technology sales and consulting, with a focus on strategy and business models for start-ups in emerging industries. Prior to People Power, Charlotte worked in management consulting helping large technology companies identify and streamline organizational, communication, and innovation inefficiencies by implementing Enterprise 2.0 tools, technologies, and best practices.

Prior to consulting and after graduating from Stanford University, Charlotte worked in neuroscience research for several years, where she learned that no amount of neurobiology or time in the fMRI Lab would allow her to go back in time to 1996 and buy Apple stock. In her free time Charlotte enjoys hiking, jumping off of cliffs into frigid bodies of water, reading, and brainstorming/daydreaming with her crazy friends.

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John Teeter, Chief Scientist & Security Officer

John Teeter

John has a 40 year history in the electrical and technology industries. Most recently, he has engaged in consultations with Masdar, IBM, and CH2M-Hill in the areas of infrastructure systems. John was the founder and CEO of First Step Research, a boutique research consultancy which focused on the evolution of techology. First Step provided community internet services in the early nineties and stimulated the growth of early social networks supporting both local and globally based communities of interest. Prior to First Step Research, John was a founder and VP of Engineering at Gold Hill Computers, bringing the tools and technologies of artificial intelligence research to the commercial marketplace. His early engineering experience with Hewlett-Packard and Honeywell Information Systems focused on international standards in the areas of distributed information systems.

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Board of Directors

Gene Wang, Chairman

Gene Wang

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smart phone. People Power’s groundbreaking smartphone app, Presence, transforms spare iPhones, iPads, and iPods into wireless video cameras with motion detection video alerts for free home monitoring. Presence expands to control smart plugs to manage power, robotic stands so you can look around while remote, and other sensors to improve safety, convenience and save you money. People Power’s mobile-and-cloud Internet of Everything Architecture enables service providers and manufacturers to deliver smart home solutions to improve security, energy management and home automation.

Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gene likes to record and play music and is happily married with three great children and a bad dog.

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Josh Becker

Josh Becker

Josh is CEO of Lexmachina. He has a long history as a business entrepreneur and a social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and General Partner of New Cycle Capital, an early stage venture capital firm working with entrepreneurs who want to want to change the world. New Cycle’s investments include OPower, Renewable Funding, PeoplePower, GoalSpring, Saber es Poder, and Terrapass. Josh is a National leader in clean energy policy as well as clean energy investing. He is a co-founder of both Cleantech for Obama and the Clean Economy Network.

Previously he was at Redpoint Ventures, DCM, McKinsey & Co, Netscape, and Agile Software. He was the 2nd employee at EarthWeb, which went public in 1998. In 2000 Josh founded Full Circle Fund and continues to serve as Board Chair. He was recently project lead in building GreenCitiesCalifornia.org. For the last six years he has been on the Board of Full Circle Fund grantee, One Economy, and is Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the University of California at Merced. He has a MBA and JD from Stanford and serves on the Advisory Board for the Stanford Business School Fund.

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Will Graylin

Will Graylin

Will is Global Co-GM of Samsung Pay and CEO of LoopPay, which was acquired by Samsung. Will has started five companies since obtaining two Masters degrees from MIT, LoopPay is his third mobile payment startup, the prior two were Way Systems (sold to Verifone), and ROAM Data (sold to Ingenico), both were leading mobile POS & mobile payment solutions providers. ROAM became the leading supplier of smartphone POS solutions and mobile readers with millions of units shipped worldwide. Will’s companies have won numerous innovation awards in the payments industry. Will has been recognized as a Mover & Shaker in the industry and he is regularly invited to speak about mobile payments. Will served as a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer for nearly 6 years, the first naturalized China born immigrant to serve in this program.

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Technical Advisory Board

Prof. Banny Banerjee

Prof. Banny Banerjee originally trained as an architect, Banny Banerjee holds graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Design. In India, he worked in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, adobe housing for the rural poor, and low embodied energy building systems. After coming to the US, he worked in the fields of computer simulation for energy in complex systems, software engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, industrial design, furniture design, interactive art, and design strategy. He has worked on projects related to architecture, energy analysis, software design, structural engineering, MEMs applications, nanotechnology, ambient media, object semiotics, space missions for Jet Propulsion Laboratories, low cost structural systems, sustainable design, appropriate technology for third world countries, organizational transformation, technology strategy, and technology art.

 

Wolfgang Weber

Wolfgang Weber joined the People Power team to develop the business with service providers, both on the market as well as on the solution side. Wolfgang brings with him more than 30 years of senior executive experience in the ICT industry. Most recently he held a global role in business as well as corporate development for Cisco. Prior to Cisco as a CTO he led network and IT organizations of mobile and converged operators turning technology into business. Within Alcatel he was SVP responsible for the service provider business in the central and eastern part of Europe both in sales as well as in delivery. Wolfgang’s IT background covers HW and SW development, running large data centers and SW development organizations and consultancy businesses. He holds PhDs in physics and another in computer science and finished an education in strategic management at INSEAD. Lately he received a degree in bioenergetics and organizational psychology. Wolfgang is married, has five children and one granddaughter and enjoys life in Switzerland. In his spare time he likes to run and bike, but also to use his DSLR to take pictures in the streets, in foreign countries and of people – most importantly now of his granddaughter.

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About Partners

Partners

a-iox

a-iox

Founded by a team of seasoned technology experts, and with offices in Silicon Valley and Taiwan, their mission is to deliver innovative and economical IoT energy management solutions to industrial clients around the world.

www.a-iox.com


Broadband Networks AG

Broadband Networks AG

Based in Urdorf, Switzerland and founded in 2002, Broadband Networks is a pioneering company involved in the design and development of state-of-the-art broadband access to network infrastructure. Reliability, consistency and independence are at the heart of everything they do.

www.broadbandnetworks.ch


Centralite

Centralite

Founded in 1997, Centralite Systems is known for their software, hardware, and interface expertise. The company manufactures an ecosystem of reliable, wirelessly connected devices distributed and installed throughout the US and in some 50 countries worldwide.

www.centralite.com


TED

TED

Recognized throughout the industry as best-in-class, all of Energy Inc.’s design, engineering, tech support and operations happen in one highly-integrated location. They are passionate about delivering solutions that expand the horizons of energy detection and management. After all, “TED” stands for The Energy Detective.

www.theenergydetective.com


EWIG Group

EWIG Group

Founded in 1981, EWIG is a Hong Kong based company with full-scale modern facilities in China. Behind their design and manufacturing success is a commitment to quality and value found in their broadly diversified product range.

www.ewig-mco.com


GemPower

GemPower

Enabling top-line growth with innovative value-added services, GemPower is not just a software company, but also a proven Internet of things (IoT) delivery provider that allows companies to approach market opportunities with robust, predictable and loved solutions.

www.gempowercloud.com


In-O-Vate Technologies

LintAlert

Based in Jupiter, FL, In-O-Vate Technologies provides design and manufacturing of innovative products for safer, more efficient clothes dryer venting. Since 2001, the homebuilding industry has benefited from In-O-Vate’s commitment to quality and service.

www.lintalert.com


Lark-Wi

Lark-Wi

Lark-Wi is focused on the design and manufacturing of cloud-controlled smart lock products, and recently launched the world’s first smart lock with an integrated color camera and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capabilities.

www.lark-wi.com


Nextek Power Systems

Nextek Power Systems

Nextek Power Systems is a Detroit, Michigan based technology company dedicated to providing users the ability to save energy. Their systems leverage high-efficiency power converters and smart controls to optimize energy usage while drawing power from renewables, batteries and the grid.

www.nextekpower.com


Qblinks

Qblinks

Qblinks undertakes exploration into the world of wearable and smartphone-centric Internet of Things products, with their design and development all done in-house. Their highly motivated development team is located in Taiwan, with a distribution center in Santa Ana, California.

www.qblinks.com


Qorvo

Qorvo

Qorvo makes a better world possible by providing innovative RF solutions at the center of connectivity. They combine product and technology leadership, systems-level expertise and global manufacturing scale to quickly solve the most complex technical challenges.

www.qorvo.com


Remote Solution

Remote Solution

A leading electronics manufacturer of home automation and control solutions, based in Gimcheon, South Korea and serving markets around the world. With considerable experience in the development of intelligently controlled devices for the modern home or office, their commitment is aimed at solutions that remotely enable smart home lifestyles.

www.remotesolution.co.kr


Revolve Robotics

Revolve Robotics

A San Francisco, CA based company who developed KUBI, a robotic iPad stand that allows people to control a 300-degree view of remote environments from an iPad using the integrated video camera that – together with the motion detection features of Presence – creates a highly-integrated video monitoring system.

www.revolverobotics.com


Innogy

Innogy

RWE International SE (innogy) is one of the leading European energy companies. The focus of innogy’s activities is based on offering existing and potential customers innovative and sustainable products and services that enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life.

www.innogy.com


Smartenit

Smartenit

This solution provider focuses on electricity and water management – the two main sources of energy used around the home, farms or buildings with a broad range of products include lighting, irrigation, heating/cooling, sensors, hot water management, disaster mitigation and pool control.

www.smartenit.com


Tricella

Tricella

An IOT+ (internet of things and beyond) company that embraces family, health and education which creates products and services to help improve the quality of life of users and those closest to them. Their product designs invoke behavior modifications through meaningful interaction that result in better outcomes.

www.tricella.com


Twoway Communications

Twoway Communications

A leading manufacturer of high performance broadband amplifier products, optical nodes and head end optronics for the cable television and telecommunications industries. Headquartered in Taipei City, Taiwan with international offices in the U.S., Vietnam, Thailand, Chile and China, they help improve the resiliency and utility of the HFC network for the next wave of advanced services.

www.twoway.com.tw


Volansys

Volansys

A product design and engineering services company providing high-quality solutions and services from initial concept stage to prototyping, through final production. With a unique expertise in embedded systems, mobility and cloud, Volansys aspires to be a valuable service provider to IoT projects.

www.volansys.com

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The People Power Band

Upholding the Legacy of Bay Area Groove

Silicon Valley is known for over-achieving technologists and visionaries. But that’s not where the talent ends. Known as the birthplace of countless bands that music lovers celebrate, the Bay Area has always known how to groove. And keeping that legacy intact is the People Power Band. With a soulful mix of lushly orchestrated horns, strings, vocals and rhythms, the People Power Band harkens back to a day when big bands pushed groove to the beautiful limits, like the Brecker Brothers, Tom Scott, and even the Bay Area’s own Tower of Power. The People Power Band could play your next technology event, too. Bandleader Gene Wang, and CEO of People Power Co., would love to hear from you at gene@peoplepowerco.com Want to dance?



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