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Office Hour with Zach Supalla (Spark Labs)

Zach Supalla (Particle)
Office Hours
Expo Hall (Table B)

It’s now possible for startups who don’t have millions of dollars to build products as powerful and game-changing as Google’s Nest. Talk to Zach about the details, and bring questions on:

  • Developing an IoT product
  • Building a business on Open Source HW
  • Growing from a Kickstarter campaign to a business
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Zach Supalla


Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a Maker, and a designer. He is the founder and CEO of Spark, a start-up that’s making it easier to build internet-connected hardware. Zach juggles hardware design, front-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware start-up.

The Spark team led a successful Kickstarter campaign for their product, the Spark Core, in May 2013, raising nearly $600K in 30 days off of a goal of $10K. They’re now shipping to 61 countries, with thousands of engineers and developers building new connected devices with their technology. Their products have been featured in WIRED, Engadget, Fast Company, TechCrunch, the Discovery Channel, and many other publications.

Zach is a graduate of HAXLR8R, the only incubator for hardware start-ups that will teach you to order bubble tea in perfect Mandarin. He also has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and an MEM (Masters in Engineering Management) from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern. Before Spark, Zach worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising Fortune 500 companies on strategy, operations, and product development.