DevicePilot was founded by a group of entrepreneurial engineers with experience building connected devices in multiple startups and then managing them all the way from trial stage to millions of deployed devices – experience you can now access too with the DevicePilot product.

The company draws on the significant experience of its founders who successfully scaled their previous connected device businesses to 1 million+ end-customers in areas as diverse as mobile phones, IPTV set-top-boxes and the connected home.

The Executive Team

Launched and marketed multiple connected products at global scale.

Advisory Board

Increases our reach and understanding of the world, advising on commercial and technical strategy.

Rick Bullotta


Rick was CTO and co-founder of the world’s first platform for creating connected IoT applications, ThingWorx acquired for $112m by PTC in 2013. Previously Rick was CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software where he created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software, acquired by SAP in 2005. Rick is an active mentor, advisor and investor in areas as diverse as IoT, autonomous vehicles, AI, digital and additive manufacturing, and a recognised expert on the Internet of Things and advanced manufacturing, with a unique perspective from his roles in plant operations, sales, product marketing, systems integration and technology.

Prem Kumar Barthasarathy

Founding Partner

Prem is one of the founding partners of the Venture Capital firm, AU Capital Partners, an FCA regulated UK-India innovation fund focussing on Smart Cities, IOT and Fintech. Prem leads the Smart Cities vertical and invests into UK centric businesses, whilst providing the investee firms scale-up opportunities in the Indian market through business development, operations support or product (hardware/software) development where needed.

Phil Claridge

Large Scale Systems Architect

Phil Claridge’s past roles include: CTO, Chief Architect, Labs Director, and even Technical Evangelist for companies including: Geneva, Arieso/Viavi, and Convergys. Phil is a practical large scale software/systems/data architect (including massive big-data geolocation, carrier charging systems and network infrastructure) and was directly involved in the trade sale of Geneva and Arieso. Phil’s early career was in electronics, and still finds it irresistible to swap from Powerpoint to a soldering iron. He’s currently having fun hands-on with IoT technology including LoRa, back-end AI, Spark big data, and advanced city information modelling.

Quentin Stafford-Fraser

Inventor of the Webcam?

Quentin was one of the team that created the first webcam: the Trojan room coffee pot. Quentin pointed a camera at the coffee pot and wrote the XCoffee client program which allowed the image of the pot to be displayed on a workstation screen. When web browsers gained the ability to display images, this became the first webcam. Quentin has founded or co-founded various companies and other organisations including: Newnham R esearch (now DisplayLink), Exbiblio, The Ndiyo project, Cambridge Visual Networks (‘Camvine’) and Telemarq Ltd. He is a regular public speaker.

Gary Atkinson

CEO Enlight

Gary Atkinson has spent the last 20 years working in the technology sector in the UK and the US, contributing to the evolution of computing from desktop to smartphone through his decade at Intel (INTC) and more recently at ARM (ARMH). His passion now is to make the Internet of Things a reality in the most cost-effective and scalable way and is busy building out a connectivity platform utilising infrastructure we already have in our cities and neighbourhoods – street lights. Gary is an engineer by training and holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from Newcastle University.

Jo Rabin


Jo’s past is a journey through the dawns of microprocessors, email and mobile. He’s now a start-up CTO and advises a number of businesses on their technology as well as being CTO-in-Residence at Wayra London (Telefonica’s start-up accelerator). At UCL he is helping formulate an Executive MSc in Business Technology Management. He’s been chair of three W3C mobile-related Groups and edited numerous W3C notes and recommendations. He invented NewsML, the industry standard for news interchange, and was founder and director of Mobile Monday London.

Richard Green

Serial Entrepreneur

A founder and CEO of award winning Ubisense, an Industrial IoT pioneer listed on the LSE in 2011 under Richard’s leadership. Richard was also a founder of Smallworld, an enterprise geospatial software company which listed on Nasdaq in 1996 and was acquired in a trade sale by GE in 2000. Richard is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Science and Technology winner. Richard is engaged with early stage companies as mentor, and non executive principally in the Location, IIoT, and Mobility space.

Usman Haque


Usman Haque is founding partner of Umbrellium and, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Earlier, he launched the Internet of Things data infrastructure and community platform, which was acquired by LogMeIn in 2011. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives in cities, festivals and galleries throughout the world. In 2008 he received the Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum.


Cambridge University Computer Laboratory

One of the world’s leading academic Computer Science institutions, the Computer Laboratory was founded in 1937 (as the Mathematical Laboratory) for work on mechanical calculators and analogue computers. It became involved in digital computing after 1945 under the direction of Professor Maurice Wilkes, leading to the creation of the EDSAC stored-program computer. Some of the Cambridge developments of that period belong in the basic stock of computing knowledge, for example the ideas of subroutines and of microprogramming. 1248 (now DevicePilot) was founded during Pilgrim’s 2013 tenure as Visiting Fellow at the Lab and we retain close links.

John Lazar CBE

Chairman, Metaswitch

John Lazar joined Metaswitch in 1987 as a software engineer. He was a key member of the founding team that established the Metaswitch network operator business, and has helped to drive the company to a market leadership position with more than 1000 customers. John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the BCS (the UK’s chartered institute for IT). He also sits on the board of the non-profit organisations Techfortrade, Technology Trust and Starfish Greathearts Foundation. He graduated from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, with an MSc in Computation and a DPhil in History.

David Taylor

MD, Internet of Things, Telefonica UK

David joined Telefónica O2 UK in 2005. He was appointed to his current role in 2012, and is responsible for O2’s smart home, connected car and smart metering business, as well as the commercial development of new IoT solutions for businesses & consumers. Prior to this, David was Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer at Tesco Mobile (a 50:50 joint venture between Telefónica and Tesco) working on secondment. He was responsible for all market & customer facing activities, and during his tenure Tesco Mobile grew to become the UK’s largest MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Before joining Telefónica, David was VP of Consumer Marketing at Orange.

Bonamy Grimes MBE

Co-founder, Skyscanner

Skyscanner co-founder Bonamy has worked across a number of areas in the business, including as Chief Analytics Officer, in product management and launching Skyscanner’s highly successful mobile apps which have been downloaded over 35 million times. Skyscanner was sold for £1.4bn in 2016. Previous to this, Bon held contractor and consultant roles at Marks and Spencer and Xansa PLC. Bonamy mentors several start-up companies in the UK, and outside of work has a passion for cycling, having competed in the Etape du Tour.

Professor Irene Ng

Warwick Industrial Economist, HAT project

Irene is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at WMG, University of Warwick. She is also a Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Irene was an entrepreneur and practitioner for 16 years before switching to an academic career. During her time in industry she occupied a number of senior positions in industry rising to become CEO of SA Tours and Travel group of companies (Singapore, Malaysia, China and UK) and founded Empress Cruise Lines, a company with an annual turnover of USD250m which she sold in 1996.

Professor David Flynn

R&D at ARM Ltd, Cambridge UK

David Flynn, a Fellow in R&D at ARM Ltd, Cambridge UK, has been with the company since 1991, specializing in System-on-Chip IP deployment and methodology. He is the original architect behind ARM’s synthesizable CPU family and the AMBA on-chip interconnect standard. His current research focus is low-power system-level design. He holds a number of patents in on-chip bus, low power and embedded processing sub-system design and holds a BSc in Computer Science from Hatfield Polytechnic, UK and a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University, UK.

Jayne Chace

Marketing professional

With 25 years’ international experience as a CMO, Venture Partner, consultant and NED in start-ups to blue chip global behemoths, Jayne has built a reputation for creating innovative communications and transformational marketing strategies from concept to delivery that build brand equity, drive sales and deliver outstanding results. Her passion is helping companies with a challenge, e.g., launch portfolios in new markets, corporate turnaround, M&A integration or taking B2B and B2C companies to successful exits. Jayne began her career in America as a university history professor where she also consulted with Princeton and College Entrance Examination Board to revise US social studies curriculum and Educational Testing Service history achievement test. Jayne often speaks at conferences for entrepreneurs.

Gordon Ellis-Brown

Marketing professional

Gordon was originally trained in the ‘golden rules’ of direct response and has over 25 years senior level experience maximising B2B and B2C engagement, driving sales and optimising conversion for major brands and start-ups (SaaS, mobile, subscription, FMCG, premium). Responsible for all marketing and content across the entire end-to-end customer journey for companies including Unilever, The Carphone Warehouse, 20th Century Fox and Long Barn. With in-depth agency and client-side experience, Gordon understands the level of detail and commitment required to achieve success across the marketing and brand landscape – combining creativity, technology and data to deliver exceptional results.