The TechStars IoT Speakers



Name: Christopher Badaoui

Title: Manager

Company: Techstars

Chris helps manage the Techstars Internet of Things accelerator in partnership with PwC, GE Ventures, Bosch, SAP, and Verizon. Previously, he was responsible for business development at Forge, an on-demand platform for hourly labor. He has a background in growth and facilitating business development for startups and Fortune 500 companies.


Name: Shastri Mahadeo

Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Company:  Union Crate

Shastri is the CEO and Co-Founder of Union Crate,  the easiest way to collaborate and automate supply chain operations. Union Crate’s infrastructure is powered by real world and customer-driven data allowing companies to quickly anticipate demand. We take the guess work out of purchasing, logistics, and planning by enabling secure transparency at every level of the supply chain

Prior to Union Crate, Shastri held numerous entrepreneurial roles in the food industry, including founding a nightclub and restaurant as well as starting a tea brand. His key area of expertise is growth strategy and execution.


Name: Alex Schwarzkopf

Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Company: Pillar Technologies

Alex Schwarzkopf is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pillar Technologies Inc, a sensor-based predictive analytics platform that monitors construction sites to prevent damages. Construction has notoriously been a very low margin business, sometimes as low as 1%. By becoming 100% digital, contractors can achieve margins upwards of 9%. Pillar Technologies is on the forefront of this new digital job site, empowering contractors to reduce claims, build more efficiently, and hit deadlines. Pillar Technologies deploys smart sensor networks from which insightful data is generated in real-time, allowing contractors to leverage our predictive analytics to pinpoint problem areas and work smarter to gain full control of their job sites.

Alex leads the business development and new market exploration for Pillar. Previously, he co-founded a wearable tech company geared toward athletes and worked as a power electronics engineer at Tesla


Name: Sean Iacobone

Title: Co-Founder and CPO

Company: Pillar Technologies

Sean Iacobone is the CPO and co-founder of Pillar Technologies Inc (SEE ABOVE). Sean focuses on new product development and customer acquisition. Previously, he co-founded a wearable tech company geared toward athletes. His areas of expertise include product development, growth strategy, and electromechanical engineering.


Name: Isaac Wittenstein

Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Company: TEQ Charging

Isaac Wittenstein is the Co-Founder and CEO of TEQ Charging, which is increasing the accessibility and affordability of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs).  Currently, there are too many electric vehicles for the number of publicly available charging stations. This deficit causes issues for EV drivers, property owners and managers. TEQ’s power management system moves cumbersome electrical infrastructure to the cloud and queues power from one vehicle to the next throughout the day to ensure that each car receives the charge it needs by the time it needs it. By using this system, building managers can install more charging stations at a significantly lower cost.

Isaac's areas of expertise include mechanical engineering, financial  modeling, electric vehicle charging, and customer acquisition. He studied mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, along with business and Spanish. Based in Atlanta, one of the cities with the largest and fastest growing number of electric vehicles, he has been able to see first hand what the benefits are to widespread adoption of these vehicles and the potential they have in the future.


Name: Jinger Zeng

Title: Co-Founder and CEO

Company: Dronesmith Technologies

Jinger Zeng is the co-founder and CEO of Dronesmith Technologies, a drone technology startup that focuses on enabling connectivity and intelligence in autonomous systems. Dronesmith provides developer-friendly APIs to help developers build drone applications fast. The APIs allow developers to wirelessly program any drone, remotely extract sensor and payload data, so complex drone operations can be created by interacting with other IoT devices and human.

Jinger is a technologist and entrepreneur in robotics, internet-of-things, and renewable energy.