Building the Invisible Internet


Zach Supalla
Particle, CEO

Zach is the founder and CEO of Particle, the most widely used IoT platform making it easier to build, connect and manage internet-connected hardware products deployed at a massive scale. Particle, listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2015, is used by 150,000 developers in more than 170 countries and by half of Fortune 500 companies to develop and manage fleets of new IoT products. Zach has spoken as an authority on the Internet of Things at prominent events such as OSCON, Solid, Web Summit, GMIC, and Launch. Zach earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a MEM (masters in engineering management) from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern. Before Particle, Zach worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.


Once upon a time, devices like Nest or connected coffee makers were all anyone talked about when mentioning IoT. But these use cases, while seemingly innovative at the time, were more about creating shortcuts over Solving Problems, and those are inherently limited the number of use cases. As we enter the second phase of IoT, we’re solving problems behind the scenes and building hidden infrastructure that’s silently connecting the world