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Big Fin LLC

Our mission is to decrease the cost of gathering ecological data, enabling smarter decisions regarding the use of our environment.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Biotechnology
  • Location Austin, TX, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2011
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

Big Fin Scientific's mission is to supply rugged, inexpensive and user-friendly research equipment to Marine Scientists and Researchers, enabling Humans to gather data on the health of sea animals and marine ecosystems rapidly and inexpensively. In this way, we aspire to enable smarter decisions regarding our impact and use of our environment. Our customers are government agencies, municipalities, fisheries and research institutions.


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    Chris Carroll
    Managing Director

    Chris received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis. After 4 years in Aerospace leading engineering teams, he created a Sporting-Goods Company (Bombyx Snowboarding), then developed a prototyping lab at Xerox PARC, followed by leading the Mechanical Engineering team at Pine Photonics (now Opnext). He then moved to Austin to start Capture Product Design, an Engineering Consultancy Firm, (2006) and Big Fin Scientific (2011).

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    Gus Carroll
    Electronics Expert

    Gus (Chris' Dad), is a well-established analog and mixed-signal electronics engineer. He started at RCA in the '60s with cutting-edge display technology development and continues to innovate with the latest technology today. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the Rose-Polytechnic Institute and has worked on F-14 Fighter Displays, Military Displays with Ford Aerospace and high-speed industrial cameras, to name a few examples.

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    Donny Goff
    Software Guru

    Donny developed all software for the 10MF1 prototype and Beta units. He's an expert in coding for microcontrollers such as what we use for Big Fin products.