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SmarterShade finally makes smartglass simple and affordable, enabling any window to go clear to dark with the touch of a button.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Chicago, IL, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2007
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

SmarterShade is a patented, film based shading system integrated into a window. A user enables any window to go from clear to completely dark; with various shades in between. This results in reduced solar heat gain, view preservation, and the ability to maintain complete privacy. Our technology costs a fraction of other "smart glass" products; requires no wiring; and can be applied as an aftermarket solution to existing windows.


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    Ryan Tatzel

    Ryan Tatzel, Founder and COO has been coordinating the strategic material film development and supply sourcing for Smartershade. Ryan holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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    Mike Stacey

    Mike Stacey, Founder and CEO, is leading the efforts of business development for Smartershade, working with suppliers, distributors, end customers, and other partners. Mike has over 12 years experience as management consultant and a project manager. He has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Supply Chain Management from Penn State.

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    Rick McCurdy

    Former Product Development executive at Milgard : Windows industry expert

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    Steve Abramson
    Product Development and Commercialization

    President of Pace Window and Door and window systems inventor

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    Carl Cobb

    Expertise in displays, optics, nanotechnology, chemicals, and measurement/control systems.
    Focus is on technically-enabled new business opportunities. Approach is strategic assessment of risk/reward, competitive technologies and companies, and potential venture partners and/or funders.

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    Ted Willoughby
    Business Development

    Successful business development exective from windows and building products industry

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    Tom Hood

    25+ years leading innovation and commercialization in the solar, energy conservation, glass and coatings business. Grew start-up through public offering, holding 14 positions, including President and CEO. Inventor of record for 10 U.S. patents, including products that are now in 10's of millions of buildings and vehicles around the world. Numerous awards including Grand Award Home Products for 1990 by Popular Science Magazine (for SuperGlass R8 w

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Previous Investors

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    National Science Foundation
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    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers