Machfu grew out of a simple idea that developing and maintaining applications and infrastructure in the industrial IoT world should be as easy as it is in the desktop world or the smartphone world.
Over the past 15 years, we have worked with a number of companies to bring edge data to the enterprise, but the process was repetitive and time consuming. We knew there had to be a faster, more affordable way than custom solutions. So, we created Machfu to build a platform that lets our clients focus on their core value and unique IoT needs while our product takes care of the device, protocols, networking, upgrades and security to turn IoT into IT.
Machfu is a proven team that’s been together for over 15 years. Collectively the team brings a strong combination of leadership and management skills, and deep technical competence evidenced by over 30 patents. The unique combination of strengths and track record has given the team insight into unifying a fragmented industrial IoT market and creating solutions for scaling this space.
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Prakash Chakravarthi is the CEO of Machfu and provides the vision and leadership for the development of Industrial Internet of Things solutions. Machfu’s mission is simplifying connectivity from edge to enterprise. Prior to founding Machfu, Prakash founded multiple IoT and M2M businesses including Eka Systems a Smart Grid connectivity company that was acquired by Cooper Industries. His strong business and technical background enable him to uniquely build technically diverse and execution oriented teams with deep expertise to rapidly and effectively define, create and deliver solutions and products in the evolving IoT space. Prakash has a Ph.D. in Communication Systems from Syracuse University and an Executive MBA from MIT.
Tim Winter is the CTO of Machfu and the architect of the Machfu device platform. He has over 20 years of experience in the IoT & M2M space developing strategy and architecture to realize wireless networking platforms. He has expertise in IP networking, protocol stacks, embedded Linux and Android. As network architect at Eka Systems he guided the development teams in an Agile environment. In a consulting role at Captiva he led the implementation of end-to-end embedded communication systems for GE, AT&T and Mueller Water using cellular and private wireless technologies. Tim was the editor at the IETF standards body for the RPL routing protocol and for IPv6 networking for large-scale Smart Grid and other device networks. Tim has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
John Geiger is the VP of Business Development and a founding member of Machfu. He has 30+ years of experience and subject-matter expertise in developing innovative M2M & IoT solutions. John has held multiple senior roles including General Manager of Adaptive Broadband, VP of Engineering and Product Management at MDS and Wireless COE leader at GE Digital Energy. He was part of the management team that sold MDS to GE in 2007. He has proven commercial track record in the Utility, Oil&Gas, Water/Waste Water, Traffic, Rail, Heavy Industrial and Commercial markets.
John is credited with multiple innovations associated with the application of communication technologies in the industrial space and actively participates in the SGIP and IEEE802. John has a MSEE in Communication Systems from the State University of NY at Buffalo.
M. B. Anand
M. B. Anand is the Product Architect at Machfu. Anand has 20+ years of M2M & IoT experience and is responsible for product strategy and product realization of the Machfu platform, enabling a large developer community and making hyper-growth vision of IoT possible. Prior to Machfu he was V.P. Engineering at Captiva LLC where he provided consulting and contract engineering services for networks, and embedded software/hardware implementations for Fortune 500 clients. He co-founded, Eka Systems and was responsible for technology development and the engineering organization. He started his career with Toshiba Corporation in Japan and won multiple innovation awards for his work in semiconductors. Anand has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Waseda University in Japan.
Vinod Mukkamala is the Director of Software Systems at Machfu. He has over 15 years years of IoT experience. He is responsible for the platform tools and SDK for the Machfu platform simplifying how diverse sets of IoT technology are integrated to create enterprise scale solutions. His previous experience includes Enterprise Lead at Eka Systems responsible for the Network Manager Enterprise server platform EkaNet®. He also worked at Captiva LLC providing services to clients in architecting, developing and delivering solutions/frameworks in the areas of enterprise server systems, rich internet applications (RIA), Smart Phone Apps, application layer protocols, and secure communications in Java, C and C and has deep expertise in Linux, Android and Windows OS. Vinod has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the George Mason University.
Chinmay Shete is the Director of Embedded Systems Software at Machfu and the resident embedded guru on Linux, Android and other embedded operating systems. He has 15 years of experience delivering secure IoT solutions in Smart Grid, water distribution and building automation. He is an expert in multiple programming and scripting languages, network stacks and Android App development. Chinmay has a Masters in EE from the University of Southern California.
Pradeep is the President and CEO of Hughes Systique Corporation and has more than 35 years of experience spanning digital, wireless and telecommunications domains. Prior to launching HSC, Mr. Kaul was an Exec. VP of Hughes Network Systems (HNS) & a member of the Office of the Chairman. In growing HNS from a $100M acquisition to the $1.5B level, Mr. Kaul had served as the head of various functional groups, at different points of time, including engineering and global marketing and sales. As part of his career at Hughes, he led the packet switching group during the ‘80’s and the digital cellular businesses during the ‘90s. Pradeep has also published several telecom related articles, served on public and private company boards and has contributed to many key patents in the telecom field. More recently, he has been active in the venture capital world as both an investor and an advisor.