Speakers

Rahul Baxi

CEO, SmartyPans

As the CEO of SmartyPans, Rahul is an Oakland based computer engineer and entrepreneur interested in food tech and intelligent home technologies.  His interest in intelligent systems garnered at Blackberry’s R&D division.  A graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, Rahul designed and built scalable applications for the capital market, before joining hands with his nutritionist sister and now co-founder to build SmartyPans. Linkedin


Prachi Baxi

Founder, SmartyPans

 

Prachi is cofounder of SmartyPans. SmartyPans is a modern day cooking system that consists of a smart cooking pan and a mobile app. The pan measures weight and temperature as you cook and our app uses this information to compute calories and nutrition in real time. Linkedin


Nikhil Bhogal

CTO, June

Nikhil is the co-founder and CTO at June, where he oversees the engineering and design teams behind the product. He was previously the lead iOS developer for Path. Before that Nikhil was an engineer at Apple, where he worked on the first iPhone through iPhone 5, as well as the first iPad through iPad 3. He's an inventor on many of Apple's camera technology patents, including tap to focus, panorama processing, zero shutter lag and lockscreen camera. Nikhil started his career as an engineer at Motorola, focusing on embedded software development for the Razr family of phones. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and little one on the way. In his spare time, Nikhil enjoys cooking, photography, making espresso and building stereos. Linkedin


Deepak Boggavarapu

CEO, Seva Coffee

Deepak is CEO of Seva Coffee. Seva Coffee has developed a revolutionary new coffee technology that roasts, grinds, and brews coffee with high speed and precision in an integrated machine that allows every cup of coffee to be personalized to individual taste. With this new machine all three steps of the coffee making process are done in a few minutes, producing the freshest cup of coffee ever made. Linkedin


Rich Brown

Executive Editor, CNET Appliance Reviews

Rich has been a tech writer since 1994, having reviewed all manner of computer hardware and software for print and online publications including PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, and Fortune Small Business. He is currently an Executive Editor at CNET, where he is in charge of the Appliance review section. In his civilian life, Rich is an aspiring wood worker, and an ever-improving cook. He and his family have recently moved to Louisville, KY after 15 years in Brooklyn, NY.


Nate Cho

Connectivity Program Manager, Electrolux North America

Nate Cho is the Connectivity Program Manager for Electrolux North America. Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, based on deep consumer insight and developed in close collaboration with professional users. The vision to be the best appliance company in the world has led Electrolux to the smart kitchen. 


FOUNDER & CEO, SKE LABS

Entrepreneur, Engineering leader, passionate about creating innovate products and building successful teams.   Building smart kitchens with patent pending sensor and cloud based technology. SKE Labs first product is NEO, the world's first smart jar that bridges IoT and healthy living.  Twitter/Linkedin


As founder and CEO of SproutsIO, Jennifer is committed to realizing a new future for local produce at a personal level. SproutsIO’s highly efficient growth system simplifies the process, allowing anyone to grow their own produce anywhere, anytime, and with a fraction of the resources used by standard practices. Drawing from Jennifer’s own childhood experience growing fruits and vegetables in the suburbs of Detroit, SproutsIO provides an intimate yet high-tech approach to growing, while representing a more thoughtful approach to nurturing and participating in the world surrounding each producer. Inspired by her grandfather’s experience in the automotive industry, SproutsIO is manufactured in Detroit by highly skilled former automakers for an expertly crafted machine. Linkedin


David Feller

CEO, Yummly

 

David is CEO of Yummly.  Yummly is building the smart and personal platform for taste. In a few short years Yummly has grown to over 15 million monthly unique web visitors and the #1 global recipe apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. The Yummly iPhone app was named Best of 2014 by Apple and selected to be a launch partner for Apple's HealthKit. Linkedin/Twitter


Brian Frank

Startup Advisor and Investor

 

Brian Frank is a product advisor and investor in a number of Food Tech & connected kitchen startups. Some of the companies he works with include Teforia and Nomiku (speaking at the Smart Kitchen Summit), and he is a mentor at leading Bay Area accelerators such as Lemnos Labs and 500Startups.  Prior to moving into Food Tech, Brian has been a serial entrepreneur and senior product executive for successful startups including Posterous (acq. by Twitter) and Timeful (acq. by Google) as well as at large corporations such as Twitter, Adobe & Palm. Brian is acting as advisor for the Smart Kitchen Startup Cookoff. Linkedin/Twitter


Matt Furlong

GM & CATEGORY LEADER, HOME IMPROVEMENT, AMAZON

 

Matt Furlong is the GM and category leader for home improvement for Amazon, which includes kitchen appliances and Amazon's home automation store. Prior to Amazon, Matt spent over a decade at Proctor & Gamble in a variety of management roles. Linkedin


Bill Mitchell

CEO, Picobrew

 

Dr. Bill Mitchell is CEO of PicoBrew. Bill is a former Microsoft Corp Vice President is an experienced technology executive with several decades of innovation leadership under his belt. Bill founded and led many of Microsoft's early efforts in consumer electronics including Windows CE PDAs, smartphones, automotive and wearable computing, and helped pioneer Intel's early work in FLASH memory. Bill's a passionate father, home-brewer, pilot, dual-sport motorcyclist and sports photographer. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from ASU. Linkedin


Kevin Garton

Chief Marketing Office, Zonoff

 

As CMO, Kevin leads the marketing and business development teams at Zonoff. Zonoff provides a comprehensive software platform to channel partners including retailers, service providers, consumer electronics OEMs and system integrators who, in turn, deliver “Connected Home” products and services to the consumer mass market. Linkedin


Johnny Grey

Johnny Grey Studios

Johnny Grey is founder of Johnny Grey Studios. Johnny is a globally recognized designer and architect who has influenced home and kitchen design concepts for decades. Johnny has authored and contributed to several volumes on kitchen and home design: Kitchen Culture: Re-inventing Kitchen Design (2004/2005/2007); The Complete Home Design Book (1998); The Hard-Working House (1997); The Kitchen Work Book (1997); and The Art of Kitchen Design (1994). For the last several years, Johnny has been involved with neuroscience research at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK with Professor John Zeisel on the subject of well-being and architecture. In 2008, Johnny won the Simon Taylor Award for lifetime achievement in the kitchen industry. Linkedin/Twitter


Richard Gunther

Editor and Host, The Digital Media Zone

 

Editor of the home media enthusiasts' web site, thedigitalmediazone.com, and host of two technology podcasts: Entertainment 2.0 is a weekly news show that discusses Microsoft entertainment technologies, and Home: On focuses on do-it-yourself home control and automation topics with a rotation of co-hosts from the industry. By day, Richard manages digital technology projects for Universal Mind, a Denver-based digital transformation agency. Linkedin/Twitter


Allen Han

CEO, Teforia

 

Allen Han is the founder and CEO of Teforia, the startup responsible for the world’s first machine-learning tea infuser that strikes the perfect balance between ritual and science. He has worked for Nokia, Amazon, and Microsoft, won multiple RedDot, IDEA, and Good Design awards, and holds more than 30 international and U.S. patents. Linkedin/AngelList


Janet Hayes

President, Williams-Sonoma

Janet Hayes is the President of the Williams-Sonoma brand. She is responsible for merchandising, product development, inventory management, creative services, visual merchandising, brand finance and operations.

Hayes joined Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) as a Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager in October 2007, where she led the Pottery Barn Retail division and provided critical business leadership for product, visual merchandising and inventory management. She was promoted to the role of Executive Vice President of pottery barn kids and PBteen in 2008, and in 2010 she ascended to the role of President, pottery barn kids and PBteen.


Samantha Hart

EDITOR, BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS & BATHS (BETTER HOMES & GARDEN)

Samantha Hart is the editor of Beautiful Kitchens & Baths—a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media publication. In that role, she continually evaluates what's innovative in kitchen and bath style, technology, and function. As a group editor, she also oversees a number of other Special Interest Media publications, including the group’s high-end decorating titles. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Samantha joined Meredith in 2006. She resides with her husband and two young daughters in the Des Moines area, and is based at Meredith’s headquarters in Des Moines. Linkedin/Twitter


Stacey Higginbotham

Senior Editor, Fortune Magazine

 

 

Stacey is a Sr. Editor at Fortune. She has spent the last 15 years covering technology and finance for publications such as Gigaom, The Deal, The Bond Buyer and BusinessWeek, and works remotely from Austin, Texas. Stacey covers the Internet of things, semiconductors, and artificial intelligence. She is particularly excited to discover new ways technology is changing the world.. Linkedin/Twitter


David Hose

CEO, Rhapsody

 

David Hose is the CEO of Rhapsody, one of the industry's leading music streaming services with over 2.5 million paid subscribers. Hose is also the founder of Soundwall, a company that creates connected artwork that plays great sound. Linkedin


Steve Joseph

President, Dacor

Steve Joseph is the President of Dacor, overseeing sales, marketing and operations. Dacor is a manufacturer of ultra-premium kitchen appliances. Designed and built in California, Dacor’s cooking appliances integrate function and technology to create high-performing, intuitive products that reflect the lifestyle and needs of the passionate cook. Since 1965, Dacor has been
responsible for many of the innovations that have improved the way people cook in the modern kitchen. Dacor is family-owned and embraces the legacy, heritage and expertise of a third generation to lead the company into a new age of cooking innovation.


Greg Kahn

CEO, GK DIGITAL MEDIA

Greg Kahn has over 20 years experience in the media industry, having worked at well-established content and advertising technology companies such as Viacom, Publicis Groupe, Meredith, and Omnicom.  Earlier in his career, Greg launched two of his own ventures (filmBUZZ and Global Film School) and today, he advises a diverse group of companies on the intersection of content, advertising, and technology via GK Digital Media. Twitter/Linkedin


Rob Katcher

CEO, Hiku

 

Rob is CEO of Hiku. Hiku turns everyday grocery shopping into something modern, magical, and fun. Hiku recognizes both voice and barcodes, instantly adding items to your shopping list. No typing. No scribbling. Just touch one button and you’re done. Linkedin


John Kestner

CEO, SuperMechanical

As the founder of Supermechanical, John uses physical forms and meaningful data to create connections among humans, objects and spaces. He is a graduate of the MIT Media Lab, where he designed future consumer electronics and interfaces for humanizing data in the Information Ecology group. Before that, John studied industrial design at Arizona State University and worked as an interaction designer and programmer for Big Companies. His work has been showcased through the ID Annual Design Review, Ars Electronica, NPR, the New York Times and CNN. John an Arizona native, currently living in Austin. He tells us he's not as tough as he looks in this photo. Linkedin/Twitter


Eric Klein

Partner, Lemnos Labs

 

Eric is a Partner at Lemnos Labs, the leading early-stage hardware venture fund, providing direct investment and intensive, hands-on incubation for talented hardware entrepreneurs ready to scale from duct-tape prototype to mass production. We manically focus on the engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and financial capital that turn great ideas into successful hardware companies. Eric has also worked for HP, Real Networks, Sun and Nokia. Linkedin


J. Kenji López-Alt

Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats

J. Kenji López-Alt is the managing culinary director of Serious Eats, author of the James Beard Award-nominated column The Food Lab, and a columnist for Cooking Light. He lives in San Mateo with his wife Adriana and two dogs, Jamón and Shabu. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science hits bookstores on September 21, 2015 and is available for pre-order now. At nearly 1,000 pages with over 300 foolproof recipes, it's a grand tour of the science of cooking explored through popular American dishes, illustrated in full color with thousands of photographs, charts, graphs, and do-at-home experiments. Twitter


Jon Mann

Design Director, Artefact Group

Jon is a mobile sage. And an interaction design pundit. He has more than fifteen years at places like Artefact, T-mobile, Casio, Good Technology, and more. His secret sauce is crafting unique user experiences that bridge design, technology and business strategy. A self-confessed gadget geek, he leverages nascent technologies and consumer trends to forecast and create the future. Jon holds a Masters degree in Product Design from Stanford University where he catalyzed his perspectives on design thinking, business strategy and a healthy dose of Silicon Valley technology. One of many special ‘side-projects’ involves developing Kinetic UX, providing a design toolkit for the convergence of mobile UI and physical input. Linkedin


Santiago Merea

CEO, Orange Chef

 

Originally from Argentina, Santiago worked in many different types of organizations: for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, senatorial political campaigns, and the US State Department. Santiago is very passionate about product and customer development and he believes that design thinking is changing the way we create products and services. Santiago’s studies centered around behavioral economics and public opinion research. Linkedin/Twitter


Anthony Ortiz

CEO, SmartPlate

 

Anthony Ortiz is the Founder/CEO @Fitly, the creator of SmartPlate. SmartPlate is the world's first intelligent plate that instantly tracks and analyzes everything you eat, so you never have to track meals manually again! Linkedin/Twitter


Surj Patel

Senior Product Planning, IoT, Sharp

Surj is currently leading product planning for IoT for Sharp's health, environment and energy systems. Before Sharp, Surj created and ran Gigaom's industry leading events business, pioneering some of the industry's first big data and cloud computing conferences. At Sharp, Surj assesses opportunities and create proposals for new US technology-based B2C and B2B businesses that leverage IoT, .with focus on  Smart Sensors, IoT and mHealth. Surj and his team create proof of concept platforms for feasibility testing and intellectual property development and lays the foundations for new businesses in Sharp. Linkedin/Twitter


Alejandro Pena

PRESIDENT USA AT JARDEN CONSUMER SOLUTIONS

 

Alejandro is guiding Jarden Consumer Solutions (JCS) through what seems to be an inevitable transition from traditional household appliances to enhanced smart experiences. His vision for JCS embraces this shift in consumer expectations and puts them at the forefront of the company’s innovation process.  Linkedin


Daniel Rausch

DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, AMAZON DASH REPLENISHMENT SERVICE AND DASH BUTTON

 

Daniel Rausch is the Director of Product Management for Dash Replenishment Service and the Dash Button programs. Dash Replenishment Service (DRS) enables connected devices to order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low—like a coffee maker that orders more coffee beans. By using DRS, device makers are able to leverage Amazon's authentication and payment systems, customer service, and fulfillment network—giving their customers access to Amazon's low prices, great selection, and reliable delivery. Linkedin


Mark Rolston

Chief Creative, Argo Design

Mark Rolston is a renowned designer with a 25-year career of creating for the world’s largest and most innovative companies.  Prior to founding argodesign with his longtime colleague, Mark was the Chief Creative Officer of frogdesign, responsible for the creative direction of one of the most successful product design firms in the world. He joined frog in 1994 and co-founded the software design group, quickly establishing it as the largest part of frog's business and major force in its growth. Since then, he has continued to produce groundbreaking work for Fortune 500 clients, and guided the transformation of frog into a modern strategic design organization and one of the largest and most respected design organizations in the world. Linkedin/Twitter


Jeffery Sears

CEO, Pirch

 

Jeffery Sears is CEO of PIRCH,  a revolutionary retail concept specializing in premium lifestyle products for the home. PIRCH offers a distinctly unique, full-immersion experience for clients seeking the finest in kitchen and laundry appliances, bath fixtures, decorative plumbing and outdoor entertainment products. Linkedin


Indranil Sircar

DIRECTOR, MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TECHNICAL STRATEGY AT MICROSOFT

 

Indranil develops strategy for Consumer IoT and to drive transformation initiative with large customers, and is responsible for driving Social & Collaboration vision and strategy for Manufacturing & Resources Industry Sector. In his current role, Indranil has led development of Modern Productivity Platform for Manufacturing & Resources built on Office 365 and Microsoft productivity stack. Linkedin/Twitter


Jack Suvak

SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONSUMER & MARKET INSIGHTS, MOEN

Jack Suvak has led the marketing research and analytic activities for Moen Incorporated, the number one faucet brand in North America, for nearly 20 years. In his current role, Suvak leads the research, analytic and consumer experience areas for Moen and is also responsible for a variety of research that supports the innovative thinking behind new product development, trend tracking, strategic planning and journey mapping.  He works with many cross-functional areas within Moen, including channel marketing, product development, brand management, industrial design and sales. Linkedin


Stephen Svajian

CEO, Anova

Steve is the Co-Founder and CEO of Anova. Since its founding in 2013, the company has become one of the most successful startup hardware brands in the Bay Area. Prior to Anova, Steve founded Get Fresh, a full-service marketing agency dedicated to helping early stage hardware brands get their first 10,000 to 100,000 customers. Several years ago, Steve discovered sous vide for the home cook and immediately took an interest in the technique, seeing its potential use cases as a connected device. Steve is passionate about bringing science and technology into the home kitchen to allow anyone the ability to achieve incredible cooking results. Linkedin/Twitter


Peter Taylor

Head of Global Product Management, Wemo

 

 

Peter Taylor is responsible for global product management on a worldwide basis for WeMo. In this capacity, Peter leads all product development and marketing for the WeMo. Linkedin


Nick Taranto

Co-CEO, Plated

 

Taranto is co-CEO of Plated. Plated aims to make it easier for Americans to eat and live better. Plated delivers fresh, pre-portioned ingredients along with an easy-to-follow recipe so that you can relax and enjoy the cooking experience. Prior to Plated, Taranto was a private wealth advisor with Goldman Sachs and has served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Linkedin/Twitter


Ryan Vinyard

Engineering Lead, Highway1

Ryan is the engineering lead at Highway1, a hardware-focused startup accelerator located in San Francisco under parent company PCH International. He is a Mechanical Engineer who came to PCH through its consulting arm Lime Lab, where he developed consumer products for Fortune 500 brands. Previous to PCH, Ryan worked at startups in the cleantech and electric vehicle space where he developed novel powertrain, motor control, and thermal systems. Ryan holds a B.S. in product design from Stanford University. Linkedin/Twitter

 


Dan Viza

Global Marketing Manager, Freescale Semiconductor RF Cooking

Dan Viza is the Global Marketing Manager for Freescale Semiconductor’s RF Cooking business. Freescale is delivering cooking solutions that enable OEM’s to create entirely new appliances that deliver chef quality results with convenience, through real time, closed loop solid state RF cooking with interfaces to internet services. Dan has previously held Corporate Development and General Management positions while at Freescale, and led successful commercial launches of hardware and software products in robotics, automated test systems, motion sensors, and automotive radar. Dan earned an engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Linkedin/Twitter


Michael Wallace

CEO, Perfect Company

Michael Wallace is co-founder and CEO of Perfect Company, a company positioned to change the way people prepare food and drinks—using smart recipes. The company’s first two products, Perfect Drink for home bartending and Perfect Bake for home baking, have gained broad acceptance with major retailers. Michael’s life as an inventor began in 1980 when he placed second at the International Science & Engineering Fair and received his first patent. While still in college, he designed and authored “Robot Odyssey” for The Learning Company. Slate magazine recently named it the “Hardest Computer Game of All Time.” Michael also invented and developed the Power Glove, a virtual reality accessory for Nintendo game systems and the subject of the upcoming documentary “The Power of Glove.” As the CTO and a founding member of Ensequence, the leader in interactive TV, Mike conceived and led the development of the Ensequence OnQ Studio. Mike also co-founded Pure Imagination LLC.  The company’s products, including the highly successful interactive musical toy line Paper Jamz and the Touch Magic learning toy line from LeapFrog, have generated more than $500 million at retail.  Michael studied computer science at Stanford University. Linkedin


Michael Wolf

Creator and Curator, Smart Kitchen Summit

 

Michael Wolf is the founder and chief analyst of NextMarket Insights, host of the Smart Home Show podcast and loves both food and technology. He decided to put this conference together because he is fascinated by how technology will change the way we cook, eat and live. Mike has been advising companies large and small in the connected home, consumer technology and Internet of Things market verticals for over 15 years, and today he helps clients have used his advisory services to assist with product development, go-to-market strategy, marketing and advertising, and mergers and acquisition. Linkedin/Twitter


Chris Young

CEO, ChefSteps, Coauthor, Modernist Cuisine

Chris Young is the CEO and co-founder of ChefSteps, a James Beard award-winning company behind ChefSteps.com and its companion app, which inspire and teach home cooks new techniques and recipes with high-quality interactive content, techniques, tools, and resources. Prior to ChefSteps, Young was the principal co-author of the acclaimed and worldwide bestselling six-volume work Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. He was also the founding chef of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen, the secret culinary laboratory behind the innovative dishes served at one of the best restaurants in the world.


Kevin Yu

CEO, SideChef

Kevin is a serial tech entrepreneur who relentlessly builds the experiences of the future. He is a unique breed of visionary, a two time TEDx speaker, cultivated by more than 8 years at the world’s leading gaming companies, with his mainstay at Blizzard Entertainment. From political reform to cooking to ecommerce to management, a deep understanding of gamification and original ideation enables Kevin to create highly engaging, systemically transformational, and extremely viral ventures.  Kevin is currently in Shanghai spear-heading product development and international expansion of SideChef, a game-changing cooking app, named 'Best Apps of 2014' by USA TODAY, that reinvents the entire cooking experience. SideChef features a premiere mobile first community platform, combining interactive step-by-step design and user-generated content to bring cooking into the 21st century. Linkedin/Twitter


Iri Zohar

CEO, Freshub

 

As CEO of Freshub, Iri serves as chief visionary for the connected kitchen and its potential to open a world of opportunities for grocers, appliance and device manufacturers, and CPG brands. Prior to Freshub Iri was the Founder and CEO of eXelate, developing its vision, driving its launch, building its executive team and shepherding its subsequent growth to its position as the industry–standard data engine. eXelate was successfully sold to Nielsen in in 2015, yielding very high returns to its investors. Prior to that Iri was the Founder and CEO of Oridian, succefully sold to Y-Brant in 2007. Linkedin