"PingThings is a great example of the type of disruptive software that industries need to scale up the individual Internet, and we're delighted to make an investment in the company."


- William 'Bill' Ruh, CEO, GE DIGITAL

Management Team

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Sean Patrick Murphy
Chief Executive Officer

Sean founded and built a multi-million dollar consulting firm focused on data science and AI after completing his MBA at Oxford. Previously, he served as a senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory focused on machine learning, anomaly detection, and high performance and cloud computing.

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Michael Andersen
Chief Architect

Michael is completing his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California in the prestigious RISELab under Dr. David Culler. His research covers wireless sensor networks, time series databases, operating systems for the built environment and secure communication infrastructure.

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Dr. Benjamin Bengfort
VP of Engineering

Benjamin received his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Maryland studying consistency in geo-replicated distributed systems. He has over 12 years of software engineering and machine learning expertise in both the commercial and military domains and has developed multiple large-scale learning applications.


Engineering Team

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Allen Leis
Back End Engineering

Allen is completing his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Maryland focusing on the intersection of databases, machine learning, and distributed systems. He has extensive experience working with data science startups which follows over 15 years of web and application development for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Senate, and various non-profit groups.

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Shaun Williams
Front End Engineering
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Fred Antell
Front End Engineering

Subject Matter Experts

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Jerry Schuman
Founder

Jerry has been a serial entrepreneur in enterprise software for over 35 years. He founded 8 technology companies and served as CTO for 9 portfolio companies. In 1999, Gartner Group identified his company, Versifi, Inc., as the most visionary enterprise content management system.

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Dr. Dennis Lucarelli
Quantum Computing and Deep Learning

Dr. Lucarelli is an applied mathematician with a background in quantum information science, control theory and machine learning.  He was a Principal Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory from 2002 to 2018, leading a number of projects funded by IARPA, DARPA and ONR.   He obtained his doctorate from the department of Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and his BA in Mathematics from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1996.

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Theo Laughner
Utility Engineering and Information Systems

Theo has nearly two decades experience at the Tennessee Valley Authority managing over 1900 power quality monitors, digital fault recorders, microprocessor relays, and revenue meters, integrating this data into an enterprise utility data system, and automating the retrieval of this data.  He has years of experience engaging with utilities and researchers via CIGRE, EPRI, and IEEE.


Board of Directors

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Andrew Byrnes
Comet Labs

As Investment Director for Comet Labs, Andrew invests in and supports the best early-stage AI and robotics startups that transform big industries. His focus is in deep tech, industrial automation, and computing hardware that enable the next wave of machine learning innovation. Prior to Comet, Andrew was the founder of Stower Energy - an early startup leveraging machine learning to provide predictive operations and maintenance for distributed energy systems - and project manager for utility scale power developer the Martifer Group. He did his graduate work in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, and enjoys his limited peaceful moments in the quiet fog of Pacifica.

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Paul Winters
Denham Capital

Paul Winters is the board representative of Three Curve Capital LP (“TCC”), the family office of Mr. Stuart Porter, founder and CEO of Denham Capital Management LP (“Denham”). TCC invests in early stage companies across a range of technologies, applications and sectors. Paul also serves as Managing Director and General Counsel of Denham, a $9.5 billion+ energy and resources focused investment advisor. He is responsible for all legal matters involving Denham, its funds and its investments. Paul has almost 25 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, and has handled a wide range of matters arising across the lifecycle of companies in the energy sector. He serves as a board member of Greenleaf Power, a North American biomass-focused IPP, and Endeavor Energy, an Africa-focused thermal and renewable IPP, among others. Paul is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Adam Carte
Denham Capital

Adam Carte is the Chairman of the Board of PingThings. Adam also serves as the CEO of Luminoso Technologies, an AI-powered natural language understanding company that spun out of the MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining Luminoso, Adam was an Operating Partner to Denham Capital Management, and a founding member and Partner of Fairlead Advisors. At Fairlead, Adam has led negotiations for acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, and company restructurings for over 20 different companies across a broad range of industries.