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.
James Stolp Founder, Chief Design Officer
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.
Simon Seungmin Kim CFO
Prior to SmartThings, Simon Seungmin Kim was COO/CFO of NeuroLogica from 2012 to 2014.
Simon Joined Samsung Electronics in 1990 and mainly worked on technology strategic planning. He was controller of Samsung R&D Institute Russia for seven years; managed IP, strategic planning, and finance. Then he became head of Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT)-America in Boston from 2011 to 2012.
Brian Pope CMO
Brian Pope is the Chief Marketing Officer at SmartThings, where he leads and oversees global brand development, product marketing, experiential marketing and partnership initiatives. Pope has over 20 years’ experience launching new product categories and leading global marketing initiatives for consumer brands, Fortune 500 companies and early-stage startups. Previously, Pope served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Virgin Galactic, establishing it as the world’s first commercial spaceline. He has also helped build consumer brands such as Popchips (driving revenue from $18M to over $100M in 3 years), and led marketing at Universal Studios Hollywood. He received an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides near Palo Alto, CA.
Dora Hsu CPO
As Chief Platform Officer, Dora leads SmartThings’ developer platform product and engineering, developer relations and evangelism, and certification programs to help create intuitive smart home products and easy-to-adopt connected IoT experiences around the world. She believes that people’s lives can be enhanced when a broad developer community works together to create innovative applications on the open platform. Prior to joining SmartThings, Dora was at Google since 2001 in various leadership and executive management roles where she was instrumental in transitioning the company to a profitable global business. Most recently, she was Senior Director of Google Cloud Solution for the Google Cloud Platform business, where she focused on building and leading technical teams to drive platform adoption amongst partners and developers with significant results. Prior to that, she founded and led Google’s technology team responsible for driving product adoptions among top strategic partners across all Google products worldwide. Dora is an avid traveler, bold explorer, enthusiastic soul cyclist, and has an unyielding passion for interior design with automation. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is based out of the SmartThings HQ in Palo Alto.
Brian Winter CRO
Brian Winter is the Chief Revenue Officer at SmartThings, where he leads global business and channel development initiatives. He is also the founder and advisor of Pyxl, a service that builds online tools for nationwide brands seeking enterprise level support. Winter previously served as CMO and Chief of Staff at Carpathia Hosting, Inc., a cloud services company and before that was Vice President, Global Virtualization Software Sales at Sun Microsystems, a $20 billion Fortune 500 information technology company. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Winter oversaw sales and marketing at venture-backed SevenSpace, and served in various senior marketing and management roles at USWeb Corporation. He has presented on a wide variety of information technology-related topics in over 20 countries worldwide. He has also completed 35 marathons in 30 states and is focused on reaching his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. He currently resides near Palo Alto, CA.
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.
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.