Machfu grew out of a simple idea: Developing and maintaining applications for industrial automation and infrastructure should be easy!
Companies that wanted to bring edge data to the enterprise used to face a repetitive, time-consuming and expensive process. Over the past twenty years, we have developed a faster and more affordable approach. Our platform lets our customers focus on their core values and unique IoT needs while Machfu takes care of the device, protocols, networking, upgrades and security to turn IoT into IT.
Machfu’s proven team has been together for over twenty years. Collectively, the team brings a strong combination of leadership and management skills, and deep technical competence evidenced by over 35 patents. Our unique combination of strengths and track record gives the team insight into unifying a fragmented industrial IoT market and creating solutions for scaling the space.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Prakash Chakravarthi is the CEO of Machfu IoT and provides the vision and leadership for the development of the 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.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
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 a 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.
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
John Geiger is the VP of Business Development. 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 a 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.
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 the 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.
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), SmartPhone Apps, application layer protocols, and secure communications in Java, C and C and has deep expertise in Linux, Android and Windows OS.
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.
Abhinav Jain is the Vice President at CSL Ventures looking at early-stage energy technology investments. He has spent over a decade in the energy sector across a variety of functions such as investment banking, strategy consulting, field operations and portfolio company management. Prior to joining CSL, he had been an advisor to several startups and portfolio companies of energy private equity groups such as EV Private Equity, Energy Innovation Capital, Altira Group, Apollo Global Management, TPG etc. Prior to this role, he worked at PwC’s energy investment banking group in Houston, providing M&A transaction services to middle-market oilfield services companies. In addition, he also worked with ConocoPhillips and Lazard’s oil and gas investment banking group in Houston.
Pradeep Kaul 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 ’80s 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 advisor.