Our TeamOur Founders are Burt Hamner and Dane Roth.
Prototyping is led by Dave Vaillancourt, founder and President of DA Graphics. For 20+ years he has created products in China and has a vast web of factory partners who make things similar to Hydrobee, like remote-controlled toy hydrofoil raceboats with waterproof electronics, batteries and propellers in a fine plastic body.
Tyler Haugen is our Digital Marketing Manager. He handles social media marketing, product marketing, and e-commerce. Tyler has several years of experience acting as a Social Media Strategy consultant for early-stage start-ups. Additionally, he is a U.S. Military veteran and has a degree in Digital Marketing from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business.
Media Producer is Shari McKay. She worked at Microsoft Production Studios and has a certificate in social work that reflects her passion for making a better world.
Paul Salzman is our E-Commerce Adviser. He is co-founder of Portable Charging Systems producing a USB battery pack with a hand-crank charger.
Our Mentor is Michael “Luni” Libes. He is a serial entrepreneur and the Teacher / Provocateur in the Fledge and Kick startup incubator programs. Hydrobee was a member of the fall 2013 FLEDGE accelerator program, that’s our graduation video clip on our home page with Luni introducing the program.
Eric Rasmussen, MD is Adviser for Field Testing and Rapid Response Markets. He is a global expert, consultant and teacher in disaster planning and response technologies. He has 20+ years experience as a Navy doctor with multiple combat tours. Eric is leader of the Roddenberry Foundation Disaster Response Team that provides water purified on site and Rapid Telecommunications Damage Assessment. Eric is CEO at Infinitum Humanitarian Systems and CEO in Innovatio, a socially-responsible manufacturing team in Mexico that we have engaged to establish manufacturing in Mexico for the 50M+ Latin America market for Hydrobee.
Frank Sanborn is Adviser for Smart Hardware. His recent focus is the use of wireless mesh networking for communication infrastructure for disaster resilience. He makes “smart hardware” with open-source Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other inexpensive technologies. Sanborn was an External Entrepreneur / Innovation Fellow for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was the Rural Incubation Program Manager in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential emerging market group .
Dan Terry is Adviser for Prototyping and Thermo-Electric Generation. He has 30+ years in a variety of manufacturing and rapid prototyping engagements and has 13 patents. Dan is an expert in heat sinks and thermo-electric generators. Dan specializes in precision aluminum extrusion solutions, LED thermal solutions, thermal products, and the development of alternative energy in hydro-power systems, solar solutions, and hydrogen components.
Hydrobee’s Founding Attorney is Joe Wallin. Joe has decades of experience in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public. Joe is the founder and editor of StartupLawBlog.com.
Hydrobee is an Autodesk Clean Tech Partner. We use Autodesk software to design our products. The Autodesk Innovator program includes the Eco-Materials Adviser that helps us make our products in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.
Lumeter Networks is our partner for Micro-Finance. Lumeter Networks has developed an affordable pre-paid off-grid electricity meter, and cloud accounting software that it provides to renewable energy providers who are providing access to electricity for the poorest populations in developing countries. Lumeter co-founder and CEO, Mitra Ardron, has decades of experience in developing countries and creating novel software solutions. He is a leader in open-source software solutions for micro-finance.