Our Team

Niall Murphy

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Niall is a technologist and serial-entrepreneur. Niall co-founded pan European WiFi network The Cloud in 2003, acquired by British Sky Broadcasting (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in 2011. He was also recently CEO of multi-platform gaming software firm Marmalade.

Niall founded one of the first ISPs in Africa in a joint venture with Sprint in 1994, later acquired by UUnet. He subsequently founded three digital media businesses in South Africa, he later sold. He also co-founded The Digital Thinking Network, a future scenario planning organisation based in Amsterdam.

Niall has authored and presented numerous papers around the world, including at TED. He was a co-author of the WiFi International Roaming Access Protocols framework in 2005, adopted by the IETF. Niall contributed as a policy adviser on telecoms in South Africa in the early 90s through an African National Congress (ANC) think tank.

Andy Hobsbawm

Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Andy established the first international Internet agency in 1994 which merged with pioneering digital services firm Agency.com in 1997 where he was European MD then Chairman until 2009.

Andy co-founded the award-winning online community Do The Green Thing in 2007. He has been listed among the 100 top digital influencers by Wired UK and was recently named among the 20 inaugural inductees of the British Interactive Multimedia Association’s Digital Hall of Fame, alongside Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Jonathan Ive and Dr. Mike Lynch.

He has been a weekly columnist about the new economy for the Financial Times, a member of GartnerG2′s first advisory board on online advertising and spoken at numerous conferences including TED. He has yet to receive any royalties from obscure pop songs released by a minor independent record label in Europe.

Dominique Guinard

Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer

Dom Guinard got his Ph.D. from ETH Zurich, where he worked on laying down the foundations of the Web of Things™: a world-wide network of interconnected objects (sensors, appliances, machines and tagged objects) and co-founded the WebofThings.org.

Before this, he worked on bringing industrial networks of RFID-tagged objects to the Web at the MIT Auto-ID Labs in USA. He also worked 4 years for SAP on the software aspects of the next generation platform for integrating real-world services with business systems.

Dominique was a researcher at the Auto-ID Labs Zurich, working on mobile interactions with the Internet of Things (IoT) for Nokia. Before this, he worked on scalable IoT enterprise software architectures for Sun Microsystems.

He holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science and Management from the Universities of Fribourg and Bern with a specialization in mobile and ubiquitous computing at Lancaster University, UK.

In 2011, Dominique was listed 5th amongst the top 100 IoT thinkers by Postscapes. Early in 2012, his Ph.D. research was granted the ETH Medal.

Vlad Trifa

Co-founder & Chief Product Officer

Vlad is also a co-founder of WebofThings.org and has a Ph.D. in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and a M.Sc. in computer science with a concentration in robotics and machine learning from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Widely published, Vlad is a recognized expert in the interconnection of networked embedded devices (sensor networks, robots, mobile phones, RFID, etc.) with higher-level applications using Web technologies.

He also worked as a researcher in urban and mobile computing at the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA and Singapore, in bio-acoustics and distributed signal processing at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and in human-robot interaction and neurosciences the ATR International Research Center in Kyoto (Japan).

He also gained industrial experience in factory automation and enterprise computing working as a research associate for SAP Research from 2007 to 2010.

James Clifton

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining EVRYTHNG, James was the Managing Director at MASHER, a venture-backed service that was spun out of BBC Worldwide.

James has also held senior executive positions at leading global digital agencies, including Strategy Director at AKQA and European Planning Director at Agency.com/TBWA, where he advised Fortune 500 companies including Nike, News International and British Airways on their digital and social media strategies. James was also the CEO & Founder of Memmo, a mobile tagging service.

James is a recognized industry thought leader and has written numerous pieces for publications including Contagious and the FT, been a keynote speaker at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and was ranked as one of the Top 5 digital strategists by Campaign Magazine. James holds a BA Hons in Management & Economics from Reading University.

Kevin Lee

VP Corporate Development

Kevin joins EVRYTHNG after a decade of service at Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 global leader in materials innovation for packaging and labelling.

He has worked with a diverse set of business units across a wide variety of industries, including customer products, labelling and packaging, apparel manufacturing and retail, graphics and reflective materials, medical device manufacturing, flexible and printed electronics, renewable energy, RFID and product security. Before that, Kevin worked in the New Ventures Group at Idealab, a technology venture capital fund and incubator, developing business plans and executing mergers and acquisitions.

Kevin graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Classical Guitar Performance and Business Administration.

Bruce Beckloff

Advisory Board Member

Bruce is the Managing Director and founder of Bloc Ventures, targeting investment in early life-cycle companies focused on the emerging Industrial Internet market.

Before this Bruce was with ARM Holdings for 12 years serving as head of Corporate Development responsible for corporate strategy development, M&A, and investments. Recently, Bruce has been assisting the UK government as a venture capital Strategic Adviser helping the UK’s high growth early stage companies access financing from venture providers.

He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor and a Masters in materials science and holds a Masters in Business administration from the Southern Methodist University.

Richard Sells

Advisory Board Member

Richard Sells is Group Managing Director of The Aurora Group, an international manufacturing company selling innovative lighting solutions in 38 countries around the world.

Richard was formerly Chief Innovation Officer and Global SVP Product for AB Electrolux the US$16 billion durables business. Prior to that he was P&L responsible for the €1.2 billion refrigeration business unit and before that was Electrolux Managing Director in UK/Eire.

His career includes B2B and B2C product based business in electronics, durables, building products and FMCG. He has served as a PLC main board director and in a number of Managing Director roles.