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The People Power Team

People Power has an experienced team of more than 40 people with expertise in building highly scalable software, sensor networking, energy management, and wireless, with many startup stars.

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Gene Wang - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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 Platform 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.




David Moss - Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

David Moss is a co-founder of People Power Company with 14-years experience in wireless sensornets, electrical engineering, computer science, embedded systems, and technology integration with business development. David is the author of several pending patents at People Power, and a co-author on the 'Collection Tree Protocol' publication for one of the most efficient, reliable, and widely used open-source wireless mesh networking protocols. Prior to People Power, David worked with Rincon Research Corporation leading the sensornet engineering team to architect and deploy miniature low-power wireless sensors 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 cell phones that are currently shipping around the world.

David enjoys playing Chopin on his grand piano, destroying opponents at foosball, and never misses a chance to hit the surf.




Jason Caslavka - Chief Experience Officer (CXO)

Jason Caslavka is a usability expert with over 16 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.




David Moon - Vice President of Engineering

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.




Tim Nelson - Vice President of Marketing

Tim Nelson joined People Power in 2013. He 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 customers, Tim has held high-profile marketing positions for global technology companies including Apple, HP and Sun Microsystems. While at Apple, for instance, 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.




Stan Curtis - Vice President of Business Development

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.




Song Huang - Vice President Product Management

Song has been leading product management and marketing for companies in silicon valley his entire career. At People Power Company he is defining the product plans, business plans and closing deals that will bring Internet-connected devices from multiple manufacturers into the hands of smartphone users. The Presence product line combines a great user experience with an open Internet of Everything platform that enables users to stay in touch with what they care about no matter where they may be.

Prior to People Power Company, Song was the VP PM at Rearden Commerce, an enterprise B2B ecommerce and travel services company. He defined the strategy for Rearden’s mobile applications and led the product management teams for the integrated suite and ecommerce platform. His team was responsible for delivering the mobile experience for all products (Travel: air, car, hotel; Expense, Offers, Ground Transportation, Weather) across 4 mobile OS's, 7 partners and 9 languages. The integrated application was awarded the "Best Mobile Business Travel Application of 2012" by GBTA (Global Business Travel Association).

Song founded several startup companies in the mobile, internet and enterprise data management space. Soonr, a mobile cloud based collaboration service; PriceRadar, an auction information mining technology, sold to EBAY; Passky, a smartcard based security solution, sold to PubliCard; and, QuickSite, a database driven web site generation tool, sold to DeltaPoint/Site Technologies.

He has also served as VP PM at Mediabolic, a digital media platform developer, where he was responsible for defining the award winning M1 platform powering many of today's digital media devices and the winner of Best of Show at CES in 2003.

In addition, he was Director of Marketing at Frame Technology (acquired by Adobe Systems) and held senior product management positions at Borland International, where he was instrumental in creating category defining products such as Quattro Pro spreadsheet and dBase for Windows, a relational database system.

He has extensive experience in a variety of startup and public companies and is a named co-inventor for six (6) patents related to virtualizing data for mobile devices and secure digital media distribution.

Song has a obsessive fascination with all things technology related and loves to eat, since his family loves to cook.




Harri Okkonen - Senior Vice President of Finance

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.




Charlotte Band - Director of Sales

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.




John Teeter - Chief Scientist

John Teeter brings to People Power 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.





Board Members



Gene Wang - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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 Platform 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.




Josh Becker - Board Member

Josh 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.




Will Graylin - Board Member

Will Wang Graylin has started 5 different high tech companies in the mobile and payment space. He is currently Chairman at PaymateUSA, a turnkey solution provider for Payment Service Providers (PSP) focused on mobile commerce. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of ROAM Data, a leading mCommerce platform provider. He grew ROAM from zero to a $26M annualized run rate before selling his shares to Ingenico. ROAM turns merchants' mobile devices into secure point of sale (POS) terminals and turns the mobile marketing channel into a mobile sales channel by enabling secure commerce in mobile apps and offers with convenient mobile checkout. ROAM won the 2010 Technology Innovations Award at ETA, and is the fourth high-tech startup for Will since his graduate thesis at MIT on “Addressing the Complexity of Mobile Computing” in 2000. Prior to ROAM, Will was founder and CEO of WAY Systems, world's first pocket size point of sale (POS) solution and service to the market, later acquired by Verifone. WAY Systems won numerous international awards for payment innovation including the Sesames Award at Cartes, and Will was honored with the 2005 “Movers & Shakers Award” by Transaction World magazine. Prior to WAY he was founder and CEO of EntitleNet, a security software company enabling Web and eCommerce applications with secure access management, sold to BEA Systems (now part of Oracle). Before that he was founder and President of Marbles (later Skyfire Technologies,) the world's first thin-client mobile software company focused on enterprise mobile workforce applications. He is also currently serving on the board of two other companies including NYSE traded Sino Hub (SIHI), a mobile phone supply chain company. Will earned two Masters degrees from MIT (MBA & MSEECS) after serving as a US Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer for nearly 6 years, (he was the first Chinese immigrant to serve in that role, after being naturalized as a US citizen in 1987.)





Technical Advisory Board

John Teeter, Technology Advisory Board Chairman, 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.


Wilfred Pinfold currently serves Director of Extreme Scale Programs at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for developing long-range technology research programs in areas relating to extreme parallelism, resilience, and energy efficiency. Originally from Johannesburg, Wilfred trained in Naval Architecture and computational fluid dynamics and moved to United States in 1980.


Joe Polastre is co-founder and chief technology officer at Sentilla. Joe is responsible for defining and implementing the company's global technology, product, and market strategy. Winner of the 2009 Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 40 Under 40 award and named one of BusinessWeek's Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs, Joe often speaks about energy management and the role of physical computing -- where information from the physical world is used to make energy efficiency decisions. Before joining Sentilla, Joe held software development and product manager positions with IBM, Microsoft, and Intel. Joe is active in numerous organizations, including The Green Grid, US Green Building Council, ACM, and IEEE. Joe holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University.


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.


Dr. Carrie Armel is a research associate at Stanford's Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) where she investigates the diverse ways in which an understanding of human behavior can lead to improvements in energy efficiency. For example, the application of behavioral principles can produce significant energy reductions through interventions implemented at the policy, technology, built environment, media/marketing, and organizational/community levels. Dr. Armel is a past chair of the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference; oversees Precourt Center's Behavior and Energy Bibliographic database and website; and teaches courses on behavior and energy at Stanford.


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.


Frank Fu is a result-driven executive with over 18 years of global experience in consumer sales, business development and technical marketing. He has wide industry experience in Internet applications, telecom services, mobile software, network data communication, and semiconductor technologies. Most recently, he is CEO of Reach It Media, a leading new media service provider working with China's top TV station, newspaper, and financial magazine to deliver CCTV.com, Global Times, and Caijing Magazine's exclusive content to China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. Previously, Frank Fu was VP of Asia Pacific for Bitfone winning exclusive agreement with China Mobile, China Unicom, and all major handsets manufacturers and contributing to the $160 Million acquisition of Bitfone by HP. Prior to that, Frank Fu held executive positions at InnoPath, AboveNet, Samsung, Fujitsu, and Antec. Frank has a MBA degree from California State University at San Jose and a BA degree from Midland University.





The People Power Band

Bring World Class Entertainment to Your Next "Green" Event

As the world's first "Green" band focused on energy efficiency, the People Power Band brings a powerful musical presentation ready to ignite the crowd. The People Power Band mixes popular Classic Rock, Salsa, R&B, & Dance Hits with originals such as "Happy Birthday Mother Earth" & "My Good Friends" with a message of sustainability. Featuring male & female vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, flute, sax, drums & per- cussion, the People Power Band is sure to get you to "cut a rug" & recycle it too.

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