Robert is a graduate of the University of Virginia who has spent his working life at startups in the proximity industry. Researching the complicated infrastructure of the “Internet of Things” made him wonder how the detection behind proximity technologies such as Bluetooth and WiFi could be useful to the average person at home. At his previous job he worked closely with companies using detection-based technology to monitor device activity in retail settings. Seeing the kind of data that could be generated from companies working in Mobile Location Analytics allowed him to see that a world of colliding ambient signals already exists and, if harnessed correctly, would allow for passive, presence-based smart home interaction.
He now hopes to bring this same technology to consumers and the smart home industry. After meeting MIT graduate and serial coder, Peter Donis, at a work event in the spring of 2014 they decided to begin working on a side project, a device that could listen for, and interpret, nearby WiFi and Bluetooth signals. After two years of trial and error they created what was to become the "Range Hub" and formed a company. Range Technologies successfully closed an initial funding round of 100k in September 2016 in order to take Range from a prototype to a consumer product. Robert has taken the lead as CEO, working with Peter and a global team of designers, developers, engineers and product specialists in order to take Range from technology to viable consumer product