Hi. We're SmartThings. We believe that the everyday objects around us can do more to make our lives better.

Alex Hawkinson Founder, CEO

Alex is an entrepreneur and thought leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” space. Alex believes that the Physical Graph represents the next major phase of the Internet that will create revolutionary change in every facet of life from the home to the office to the gym.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Alex has spent the past 15 years in leadership positions with cloud-based technology companies. Most recently, he was Chief Product Officer of ReachLocal, a global provider of online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses that acquired SMBLive, a cloud-based software company that Alex founded in 2005.

Jeff Hagins Founder, CTO

Jeff is a "Cloud CTO" that strongly believes in the importance of Cloud-based services as an enabler of time-to market, scalable architectures, improved and more mature service level agreements, and competitive advantage. Accordingly, he believes that the Internet of Things will happen largely in an ever expanding Internet Cloud.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Jeff has spent more than 30 years in software engineering, engineering management, and executive technology leadership roles. Most recently, Jeff was CTO and CIO for ReachLocal, he has served as CTO for SMBLive, Dynix, Apptix, and TeleComputing. Jeff began his commercial software career in the ERP industry at J.D. Edwards and spent the first 13 years of his career at Lockheed.

Andrew Brooks Founder, COO

Andrew is a repeat entrepreneur with experience designing, building and operating sales, marketing, operations and support organizations from startup to international scale. He believes the connected world and Internet of Things will profoundly change the home, the office and everything in between in the coming decade.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Andrew co-founded Mural, a global go-to-market and support delivery organization for SaaS and IaaS providers and SMBLive, a cloud-based software provider. Most recently, Andrew was Senior Vice President of Global Product Operations at ReachLocal, a global provider of online marketing solutions for small and medium sized businesses that acquired SMBLive in 2010.

Maria Thomas Chief Consumer Officer

Maria leads SmartThings' marketing and commerce efforts. She’s passionate about building products and brands that people love. She believes that the simple benefits of the Internet of Things today (her favorite is getting a notification when her laundry is done) will pave the way for an explosion of valuable solutions that not only change the way we live, but also the world around us.

Since 1999, Maria has been at the leading edge of disruptive innovation in the consumer Internet arena. She was an early product leader at Amazon.com and went on to be the driving force behind NPR’s successful transformation from a radio-only company to a best-in-class, multimedia enterprise. As CEO at Etsy, Maria transitioned a chaotic early-stage start-up into a profitable global e-commerce platform.

James Stolp Founder, VP Product

James is a proven entrepreneur, executive and leader in go-to-market planning and execution, demand generation, end-to-end customer experience, product design and product development across a range of industries and with particular focus on consumer and small business technology products and service offerings.

Prior to founding SmartThings, James has spent the past five years experience envisioning and bringing to life compelling customer experiences for some of the world’s largest service providers of telecommunication and technology solutions for consumer and small business customers.

Ben Edwards Founder, VP Community & Product Evangelism

Ben is a catalyst to the various tech, design, and entrepreneur communities of which he is a part. He brings those talents and enthusiasm to his role at SmartThings where he heads up community development and product evangelism activities.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Ben was a partner at Refactr, a forerunning agile software consultancy specializing in developing custom software for demanding clients. After Refactr’s work with CloudProfile resulted in an acquisition by ReachLocal, Ben and the Refactr team joined ReachLocal as a crucial part of that company’s IPO. Ben started the non-profit, minne✱, to foster technology and startup activity in Minnesota. Since 2006 that community and event series has grown into one of the largest barcamps in the world.

Jesse O'Neill-Oine Founder, VP Engineering

Jesse is a pragmatic engineer at heart and has been interested in the "Internet of Things" for over a decade. Jesse believes that SmartThings is building on the shoulders of giants and only now, in our age of ubiquitous Internet and supercomputers in our pockets, is SmartThings possible.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Jesse had spent the prior 6 years running Refactr, a successful consulting company based in Minneapolis, MN that he co-founded. He led the software development on many of the successful engagements over the history of the company.

Scott Vlaminck Founder, VP Engineering

Scott is working to make sure that every "Thing" can connect to the SmartThings cloud. Scott believes that every physical thing can and should be represented and controlled from the cloud - and he's focused on making that a reality.

Prior to founding SmartThings, Scott has spent the past 12 years building customer-facing server applications. From lead developer to Director of Technology, Scott has been focused on low-ceremony, agile software development. As a founder of consultancy Refactr, he was involved in the building of a number of cloud-based startups.

Andrew Sterian VP Engineering

Andrew enjoys the challenges involved in shepherding the SmartThings hardware devices from design through to prototyping, certification, and production. He is also a contributor to the firmware that provides the intelligence for SmartThings devices.

Prior to joining SmartThings Andrew spent 14 years dividing his time between designing and building industrial embedded systems and teaching Embedded System Design to electrical and computer engineering students.

Bob Florian VP Engineering

Bob's found that over 30 years in software development hasn't dampened his love of writing code. He's focused on making SmartThings a platform where developers of all skill-sets can not only control the physical world but also have fun doing it.

Prior to joining SmartThings Bob worked developing software in a variety of different industries. Most recently he was Vice President of Software Engineering at ReachLocal, developing digital presence software for small businesses. Previous positions have included embedded software, defense/aerospace systems, as well as software process consulting and tools development at Rational Software Corporation.

Tyler Hall VP Operations

Tyler is obsessed with perfecting the SmartThings customer experience. He dabbles in just about every part of the organization, while in charge of logistics, fulfillment, and customer support. He believes that everything is better with a good cup of coffee.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2008 (#beardown), Tyler co-founded Student Experts, where he grew the team of two employees to over 80 in a three-year span. Before coming to SmartThings, he served as VP of Operations for Mural, where he worked with Internet service providers to improve their customer experience, reduce churn and drive post-sales engagement and customer loyalty.

Meet the team

  • Adam Lanners
    Software Engineer
  • Adam Mika
    Mobile Engineer
  • Andrew Reitz
    Mobile Engineer
  • Andrew Urman
    Hackineer
  • Angela Campbell
    Executive Assistant
  • Charlie Stalla
    Support Engineer
  • Dan Lieberman
    Sr. Director, Platform Strategy
  • Dane Messall
    User Experience Designer
  • Doug Burman
    Principal Firmware Engineer
  • Duncan McKee
    Firmware Engineer
  • Eliot Stein
    Senior Content Strategist
  • Emily Allen
    Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Emily Michels
    User Experience Designer
  • Garrett Steagall
    Service Manager
  • Gina Nguyen
    Digital Marketing Manager
  • James Cho
    Senior Manager, Acquisition
  • Kelsey Terry
    Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Kevin Vanden Berge
    Firmware Engineer
  • Kyle LeNeau
    Mobile Engineer
  • Liz Tupper
    Product Manager, Mobile
  • Luke Bredeson
    Senior Software Engineer
  • Matt Nohr
    Senior Software Engineer
  • Peter Palmieri
    Director of Technical Operations
  • Ryan Applegate
    Senior Software Engineer
  • Ryan Hanna
    Support Engineer
  • Scott Atkins
    Mobile Engineer
  • Shane Lease
    Controller
  • Spencer Hartberg
    Software Engineer
  • Steve Vlaminck
    Software Engineer
  • Tony Case
    Mobile Engineer
  • Tyler Gustafson
    Quality Assuance Analyst
  • Tyler Lange
    Systems & Support Analyst
  • William Atwood
    Senior Industrial Designer

Board

Alex Hawkinson, Founder & CEO

Andrew Brooks, Founder & COO

Manish Patel, Highland Capital Partners

Josh Elman, Greylock Partners

Matt Williams

Investors

Major Investors in SmartThings Include: