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FireEar Inc

FireEar revolutionizes home insurance by providing data, analytics, reports and alerts to improve underwriting quality and reduce losses.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Mountain View, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
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Company Summary

By combining data analytics with regular user reminders and alerts, FireEar impacts the $18B in fire and freeze claims by reducing the frequency and severity of occurrence. FireEar creates a competitive advantage for insurers by enabling them to target higher risk properties with a lower end-user premium and making it compelling for prospects to switch. FireEar is engaged with 3 insurance companies and has nearly 200 end customers.


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    Jean-Marc Patenaude
    Chief Executive Officer

    Jean-Marc has over 20 years experience launching and growing businesses at Rambus, Broadcom and LSI. He founded and grew LSI's HyperPHY™ business to exceed $80M in annual revenues and built Rambus’ serial link IP business to over 50 design wins. Patenaude holds a BASc in electrical engineering (U. of Waterloo), a M.Eng in Electronics (Carleton) and has completed two executive programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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    Anil Kale
    CFO & VP Product Management

    Anil has over 15 years experience in corporate development, marketing and product management at Micron, Cisco, McKinsey, Accenture and two startups. Anil carved out Aptina from Micron, and played a key role growing the group from $16M to $749M over three years. While at McKinsey, Anil helped turn around a $6B European logistics company. He has an MBA from U. of Chicago, an MSEE from Northeastern, and a BASc from U. of Waterloo.

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    Ian Crayford
    Chief Technology Officer

    Ian has over 20 years’ experience in communications semiconductors and systems, including senior technical management positions with Broadcom, Bay Networks, and AMD. A major contributor to Broadcom’s entry into the Ethernet switch market, Ian was instrumental in growing it to over $100M over 4 years. Ian was an AMD Fellow, has over 40 issued patents and regularly advises high tech startups. Ian holds a BSc from Kingston, London, England.

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    Rick Thatcher
    VP Insurance Sales

    Rick has over 30 years experience in insurance and technology companies, with particular expertise in consultative sales and major accounts. At Cigna, Rick held several management positions, and in particular he monitored surplus requirements for lines of business, including homeowners. He also served as Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing of Reinsurance. Rick holds a BA Mathematics from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.