Evolution 7 will help to revision and restructure the electric grid landscape to a decentralized, highly reliable, and secure SmartGrid infrastructure with the deployment of scalable Solar MicroGrid configurations. Evolution7 Labs is composed of two business units, E7 Ventures and E7 Labs. E7 Ventures provides strategic consulting and investments using a portfolio of investment strategies for developing, owning, and operating MicroGrids and MicroGrid technology companies . Evolution Labs is currently in development of state-of-the-art software to support Microgrids.
David A. Cohen, Founder and Chairman David A. Cohen, is internationally renowned for his pioneering work on SmartGrid software platforms. In 2012, David was named as one of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the SmartGrid by Greentech Media. David was the founder and CEO of Infotility where he pioneered “the Grid Edge” and unlocked a multi-billion dollar SmartGrid market. David is founding Member Emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) which was instrumental in launching the vision for the SmartGrid industry. David wrote The Electrinet: A Communications Architecture for a Competitive Electric Power Industry.
David has 24 years of management, software platform development, and business development experience for emerging energy technology companies. He has specialized in the areas of Decentralized Energy Systems (Smart Buildings, Solar + Storage, E-Mobility, Microgrids, and Nanogrids). David founded four start-up companies and has a track record in building, scaling, and selling innovative and profitable ventures. He has completed numerous joint ventures and partnerships in the US, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Australia, India, and Asia-Pac. David has developed and commercialized over 20 enterprise software products. He is an expert on decentralized software and control systems including AI-Based Analytics, Transactive Energy, Machine Learning, Embedded Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Peer-to-Peer (P2P), and Blockchain technology. David has presented at venues such as REFF Wall Street, MIT, TEDx, and other global conference venues.
Thysson Williams, CFO. Mr. Williams is Chief Financial Officer for the subsidiary E7 Ventures where he works on renewable energy project finance. Thysson joined Crocs, Inc., in 2000 as one of the first employees and original angel investor. He is credited with developing the initial sales and marketing strategy for all Crocs Brand Footwear and implementing the “kiosk model,” accounting for more than 50 percent of total footwear sales. Six years later, Crocs (NASDAQ: CROX) had a $1.6 billion IPO, the largest in the history of the footwear industry.
Thysson left Crocs in 2007 and started Lookout Investment Group, a private equity firm specializing in new venture initiation and capital bridge financing. Since 2006, Thysson has been investing in startups in the Internet/software/technology industry, as well as university housing, screen printing, medical services ,and independent film industries.
Thysson is General Partner of Lookout Investment Group, and is an investor and operations consultant of a university housing services startup, Dorm Room Decorators, focusing on the 18- to 30-year-old student demographic. He also serves on the boards of AlphaBoost, Crocodile Distributors, and Washing for Water. He is limited partner in an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in internet, software, and technology startups. In addition to his investing and entrepreneurial efforts, Thysson remains passionate about nonprofits serving youth in Africa and the U.S. He currently serves as the co-chairman of the board of the GCW Center, a group with efforts focused on women’s empowerment, communal action, and education in Rwanda.
Timothy Schoechle, Ph.D. Advisor
Dr. Schoechle is an international consultant in computer and communications engineering and in technical standards development. He presently serves as Secretary of ISO/IEC SC25 Working Group 1, the international standards committee for Home Electronic System and is a technical co-editor of several new international standards related to the smart grid. He also serves as Secretariat of ISO/IEC SC32 Data Management and Interchange, and he currently participates in a range of national and international standards bodies related to smart grid technology and policy issues.
As an entrepreneur, he has engineered the development of electric utility gateways and energy management systems for over 25 years and has played a role in the development of standards for home networks and for advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). He is a former faculty member of the University of Colorado College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is considered an expert on the international standards system, the topic of his 2009 book, Standardization and Digital Enclosure. Dr. Schoechle was a co-founder of BI Incorporated, a pioneer developer of RFID technology. He holds an M.S. in telecommunications engineering (1995) and a Ph.D. in communication policy (2004) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.