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The Team

Ryan Diebel

Ryan Diebel

Founder & CEO
Affiliation :      Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company through Maintech
Qualification :  Bachelor of Science in BA

Before founding Building Brains, Ryan worked in IT support for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company through Maintech and Trustwave.

Ryan has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, International Business and Finance. He studied overseas on the Semester-at-Sea program based out of the University of Pittsburgh where he sailed around the world visiting 12 countries.

Chinmay H Shah

Chinmay H Shah

Design and Firmware Engineer
Affiliation :       TCS, University of Colorado at Boulder
Qualification :  Master of Science in ECEE

Chinmay Hitesh Shah moved to Boulder from Mumbai, India in 2015 for his higher education in Computer and Electrical Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder. He finished his Bachelors in Electronics Engineering at Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering. He has formerly worked at Tata Consultancy Services as a System Engineer for maintenance and testing of web based project and as a Research Assistance working on Robotic Materials at Correll Labs(UCBoulder). Presently working as a TA at University of Colorado Boulder (PSoC).

He has done projects related to IoT and Embedded Systems during his professional and educational exposure. He likes to find solutions to new engineering problems. He is developing the prototype for our first product with an great team here at Building Brains.

John Hoopes

John Hoopes

Security Architect
Affiliation :       Trustwave
Qualification : Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

John Hoopes has been a consultant specializing in penetration testing, and application security. John’s specialties include Application Testing, Embedded Solution Testing, Code Review and Reverse Engineering.  John has been testing applications since 2001, and consulting since 2006.  John also participates in Capture the Flag competitions across the world (team qualified for Defcon CTF twice). John enjoys providing education in the fields of Security Testing, and Secure Application Development.  In his spare time John is involved in his local hackerspace (Denhac).  John is also fluent in the German language.

A message from our CEO

The more that I studied and learned about the current state of the “smart home” industry, the more I realized that the majority of the current "smart home" systems were not that smart. I realized that there was a long way to go for these systems to truly make a home "smart". We realized that there are many opportunities and various ways that we could build more brains into these buildings and homes so as to bring more benefits and usefulness to their inhabitants. So we decided to embark upon a journey to develop more smarts to bring to this so called "smart home" industry.
Ryan Diebel