VIA was founded in 2016 to solve asset management and operational issues alongside key players in the energy industry. Since then, we have worked with some of the largest utilities in the world on AI initiatives like predictive maintenance and contingency planning.
AI can be easy if you have data. Unfortunately, that’s a big if…
We found enormous interest in AI in the energy industry, but every company was dealing with the same hurdle: the data. Some companies had too little data, some companies didn’t have clean data, some companies have a lot of data but not in any single location.
So, we had an idea…
Trusted Analytics Chain (TAC)
We’ve developed a blockchain-based application, called Trusted Analytics Chain (TAC). TAC (patent pending) is the bridge that securely connects power company data, distributed across many locations, to potential AI solutions and provides:
TAC delivers the algorithm to the data, so that data always remains secure and on premise.
TAC virtually aggregates company-wide data across any location and allows multiple energy companies to pool their data (anonymously) for more rigorous analysis.
Smart Contract Functionality
TAC uses smart contracts to automate the exchange of algorithms and analysis results.
One major topic of discussion at DistribuTECH was how to gather and analyze customer and operational data in order to improve current operating efficiency and create new services.
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“With a larger, smarter and more collaborative data asset like the GDAC we can refine the information we depend on to keep our network assets in the best possible shape. This is becoming increasingly important as we transition the network to meet the needs of the new energy future, where new technologies like distributed energy resources and battery storage will integrate with the network at scale," said Simon Mackenzie, Group Chief Executive Officer at Vector.
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We’re the one-two punch of the industry.
Thousands of startups are born every year, all with innovative ideas and enthusiasm to match. Enthusiasm isn’t a substitute for experience, however. Whether it’s experience growing startups, implementing brand new technologies, or working with complex power systems, collectively our team has what it takes to make VIA stand out in the crowd. Oh. And, we’re enthusiastic too!
Since co-founding VIA in 2016, Colin has brought several of the world’s leading energy companies on board as clients and initiated the development of VIA’s blockchain application, Trusted Analytics Chain (TAC).
Prior to VIA, Colin was the first investor and co-founder of five MIT spinouts, two of which became profitable in their first year of operations. Previously, Colin sold Grail Research, where he grew the company from its first employee in 2006 to more than 300 employees in 2009. He was a partner and elected board director at a top five global strategy consulting and private equity investment firm with $2Bn in assets under management. Colin also worked with IBM across Europe and North America before co-founding a technology services firm that he grew and sold for $97M in 1999.
Colin graduated from Harvard University with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.
As a co-founder, Kate established VIA’s client service program to make the company’s technologies more accessible to a broader group, beyond artificial intelligence (AI) specialists and mathematicians.
She has been certified by FERC as an expert in AI. Kate’s previous experience with smart grid technology is the reason why VIA is providing solutions to the energy industry.
Before VIA, Kate was with Grail Research, where she oversaw 10 to 20 clients per year and grew select accounts to multi-year, million-dollar per year contracts. She joined the company in its first year of operation and helped build the firm’s marketing, finance, and account management functions. Prior to joining Grail Research, Kate worked with one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Weber Shandwick.
Kate graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a degree in organizational communication.
As co-founder and CSO, Jeremy monitors state-of-the-art research developments in AI and machine learning to help benefit VIA’s energy clients.
Jeremy’s recent research includes topics in explainable and interpretable AI, causal inference, distributed learning, and privacy-conserving machine learning.
Jeremy has been founder or first-hire in multiple startups, all centered around commercializing machine learning and simulation technologies. He has a long track record of solving difficult problems in computational science, including his role as CTO at Atomistix, where he developed and provided simulation tools to the R&D labs of the world’s leading electronic manufacturers.
Jeremy received his Ph.D. in physics from McGill University and has held research positions at the Technical University of Denmark and the Canadian Centre for Magnetic Fusion, located at Hydro-Québec’s IREQ campus.
Kristen brings nearly twenty years of client management experience to her role, and has led several high-stakes projects since joining in 2017 including predictive maintenance on 10,000 miles of transmission line data and contingency planning to restore power after multiple simultaneous switch failures.
Before VIA, Kristen was co-founder and head of client services at Fuld Omniscope where she led an array of projects, including leading a workshop focused on the utilities sector alongside one of their largest clients. Prior to Fuld, Kristen was with Grail Research where she was responsible for business development, account planning, and project delivery for some of their most important accounts. She was a senior consultant at the Monitor Group and a member of the leadership team within the Monitor Software business unit, where she specialized in data visualization and analytics, decision support models, dashboards, and forecasting tools.
Kristen graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemical engineering.
Vice President, Engineering
K Cheung brings more than twenty years of experience in managing large project teams to his role. His primary focus at VIA is on the development and growth of the Montreal-based technical team.
Using his expertise in algorithmics, cryptocurrencies, and machine learning, Cheung works alongside the team to create the design and roadmap for VIA’s technologies, including its blockchain-based application, TAC.
Cheung is a seasoned practitioner in cryptography (including encryption, cryptocurrency, and blockchain), cybersecurity, and application development. Throughout his career, his projects successfully delivered Fortune 100 companies shrink-wrapped software development products, telecommunications server solutions, content-management systems, machine-to-machine communication network, and secured data communication software.
Cheung graduated from University of Waterloo with a degree in computer science.
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Joe brings more than twenty years of experience consulting with companies on their corporate strategies, including product launches, enhancing brand image, and integrating both teams and products across a wide variety of industries like software and electricity.
His primary focus at VIA is stewarding client relationships from first introductions through product implementations. He plays a major role in gathering feedback and understanding market needs across stakeholders in the energy industry. Joe is also VIA’s primary representative at industry gatherings.
Before VIA, Joe led Rosc Global’s advisory work with government, industry, and civic leaders on technology and innovation strategies for improving global competitiveness.
Joe graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science, and from the London School of Economics with a master’s degree in political economics.