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Zach Supalla

Zach Supalla
Founder and CEO, Particle

Website | @zsupalla

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.


Open Hardware
Zach Supalla (Particle)
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The Nest learning thermostat has won the hearts and minds of consumers everywhere by completely re-thinking how a thermostat works. In this session, we'll explore the Internet of Things by discussing how to build an amazing connected device using open source technology, with Spark's open source thermostat project acting as a case study. Read more.
Office Hours
Expo Hall (Table B)
Zach Supalla (Particle)
Now that it is possible for startups to build products as powerful and game changing as Nest—without millions of dollars—how can you get in on the action? Zach Supalla from the Spark Labs startup accelerator will share details and answer questions about developing an IoT product, building a business on open source hardware, and growing from a Kickstarter campaign to a business. Read more.