We believe people want beautiful, meaningful landscapes and also want them to be sustainable. This requires a unique balance of proper vegetation, landscape architecture, infrastructure and smart controllers.
Our intelligent sprinkler controller is just the start. We think water can be sustainably used throughout our homes. We’ll continue to build things to ensure it is.
Chris is a co-founder at Rachio where he leads product development. He has successfully designed, developed and delivered valuable products, simple and complex. He believes that great products come from passion and everyday use and that if we love what we build and use it to solve real problems in our own day-to-day lives, others will too. He focuses on simple, clean designs. This is everything from look and feel to the underlying architecture.
Franz is a co-founder at Rachio where he heads up all things technology. He has worked at small startups to enterprise organizations. His roles have included software architect, consultant, enterprise architect, and CTO. He has led multiple teams while still always finding time to keep ‘close to the code’. He is a huge proponent of open source frameworks and is passionate about developing and delivering simple, quality, pragmatic applications.
Emil is head of customer experience for Rachio, responsible for building customer loyalty and identifying opportunities to create customer delight. He has been managing irrigation systems large and small for nearly two decades having started mowing lawns at 8 years old, and building a million dollar lawn care business by the age of 25. He is committed to creating customer experiences that make things simpler and easier, all the while saving water.
Matt leads mobile application development at Rachio. He has been involved in creating ground-breaking software for almost 25 years. He has a broad background that includes human factors, artificial intelligence, UX and user interface design, software architecture and business innovation. He loves working with passionate people who believe that technology should improve lives and make the world a better, more sustainable place.
Brian is the Vice President of Sales at Rachio and is leading commercialization strategy for both the Consumer / Professional sides of the Rachio business. Brian is a consumer products champion and has worked with the largest retailers in the US. Brian has held leadership positions in both Sales & Marketing with with top tier CPG brands Black & Decker, Philips, and OtterBox. Brian believes that the best way to grow a brand is to deliver everyday for both the customer and consumer.
Michelle is the accountant and strives to bring financial stability and success to Rachio. She has worked in both public and private accounting and believes in the importance of family and community. She is excited to work at a company that strives to take care of its employees. She is proud of the fact that Rachio is a true Colorado company, founded in and manufactured here with materials from local companies.
Dan is the director of web development at Rachio. He has worked in many different industries, including non-profit, custom business software, magazines and home products. He loves open source and open standards, and focuses on simplified, intuitive designs, both in user interfaces and software organization. He believes that technology can make life better and more sustainable for us all.
Kevin is a customer support expert at Rachio where, in his mission to create great brand loyalty, he advances the customer centric culture of always going above and beyond to create an amazing customer experience. He has already done this for many in the past, serving as customer and client support at both Google and Kroenke Sports. He his fully devoted to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Eric is Rachio’s marketing manager, pushing to foster strong brand loyalty and enhance Rachio brand awareness. Eric has a background in sales and marketing at Hershey’s where he helped to grow their brands in top US grocery retailers as well as serve as an unofficial taste tester. He loves to spend time in the Colorado backcountry and believes that the solutions to our biggest environmental problems will come from innovative technology-based businesses.
Ric is focused on growing Rachio through smart strategy and meaningful partnerships. He feels strongly that the best solutions involve collaboration with the brightest industry leaders. As a 30 year technology sales and marketing veteran with more than a decade of CEO experience, Ric has the right amount of gray hair to understand. He loves the outdoors and is committed to improving the world in which we live.
Clay manages professional programs and solutions for Rachio. His background is in product and business development. In his previous role, he was tasked with developing product and sales strategies for entry into new verticals for a large financial data services company. A Colorado native and an avid hiker, Clay is excited to work for a company dedicated to conserving one of nature’s most precious resources: water.
Ed is the Vice President of Operations and focused on all things operational. He brings the experience that comes with a 25 yr career of technology based companies and is passionate about building and supporting great teams. Ed brings the experience of being a founder and CEO of a successful technology startup which achieved 5400% growth over a 5 year period. Ed has a love and respect for the environment and believes water management and conservation are key for the environment and all of our futures.
Grant is the creative director at Rachio where he works to ensure our products, application and advertising reflect our company's extraordinary mission. He believes products can improve the world we live in, and that Rachio has an opportunity to change how we think about water. He strives to create designs that are clear and intuitive, empowering people to gain new control of their water and their lives.
Brad brings 10 years of product development experience to the team, both as a designer and manager. As the Director of Product Development at Rachio, he uses his product experience as well as excitement about entrepreneurship to achieve a high level of planning and execution. He strives for excellence at every level of design. His interest in backpacking and love of the outdoors root a desire to progress our society to sustainability.
Ben heads up product marketing at Rachio, focusing on how the company develops and brings new ideas to the market. Prior to joining Rachio, Ben founded two companies in Michigan, where he led the marketing and sales teams. He is extremely excited to be working at a company that combines technology with a business model that has a strong social benefit: improving water efficiency.
Krista is a Manager of Customer Experience, and works diligently on maintaining client relationships and creating continued customer support. Krista has over 15 years of customer experience with companies ranging from start-ups to billion dollar Fortune 500 companies. Originally from Michigan, Krista is equipped with not only a great attitude, but also a work ethic only the Midwest could create.
Damon leads the marketing team at Rachio, helping ensure that we get the word out about our products and our bigger mission around water sustainability. He brings a wealth of experience in consumer and technology marketing with start-up, mid-sized and established companies, including Intel, Method Products, and Starbucks. An outdoor enthusiast of running, cycling and skiing, Damon also has a strong personal belief in improving and sustaining our natural environment.
Dan is a senior developer at Rachio, specializing in backend infrastructure design and deployment. His interests focus on distributed systems, security, and team coordination. His driving goal is to solve complex problems by keeping things as simple as possible, but no simpler. In his 10 year career of writing software and building teams, he has found success in applying this principle in order to find innovative solutions that transform organizations and industries.
Devin is responsible for firmware development at Rachio. With a background in analog circuit design, Devin prefers to be as close as possible to the hardware. He looks forward to developing the next generation of products that elevate the capabilities of hardware to new heights, while providing new and helpful features that were previously unrealizable. Devin is excited to be working to develop products focused on conservation and bringing control of our natural resources into the new age.
George is the lead for sales operations. He works enthusiastically to keep the constantly moving sales and business development team on track in an ever-shifting landscape. His forward-thinking approach to operational efficiency was first cultivated in the United States Navy and then further refined in the healthcare industry. His axiom is embracement and commitment to the mission.
Cara Jo is a Web Developer & Designer at Rachio where she ensures all users have a beautiful and enjoyable experience. Cara Jo has a passion for saving energy and water and empowering others to do the same. In her free time you can find Cara Jo in her garden, riding (and repairing) bikes, photographing beautiful Colorado, doing calligraphy or teaching women to code with Girl Develop It Boulder/Denver, which she founded in 2013.
Lucas is driven to ensure that our customers are succeeding with our product. He is happy to help lead the charge for a new sustainability movement. He brings an in depth knowledge of analytics, report automation, and stellar customer service to the customer experience team. During his free time, he can be seen at local coffee shops coding away, or biking or snowboarding down a mountain.
Jenny manages marketing and communications, helping tell the Rachio story and connect with users through content and social media. Equipped with a journalism background, she has a passion for storytelling and has spent most of her career supporting non-profit organizations at both the national and local level through writing, graphic design and social media. She loves being part of a committed team and using her skills to support a greater mission.
Aaron is a junior developer at Rachio, working predominantly on server side code and inward facing tools. As his first job working as a developer, Aaron is excited to learn from the excellent senior devs on the team and to fine tune that knowledge by contributing to production level code. His background prior to Rachio is in theoretical mathematics and he looks forward to leveraging those analytical skills in unique ways for the company.
Sean is our Lead User Experience Designer. He’s one of our primary customer touchpoints who heads up all Rachio product research, design and testing. His primary focus is to make sure that Rachio product designs meet the needs of our customers. Sean has over 10 years of web and software design experience half of which have been spent in Colorado’s thriving startup community. He has a multi-disciplinary background and broad project experience spanning a multitude of industry verticals.
Aubrey is a web developer at Rachio. He recently graduated from Galvanize’s Full Stack Immersion program and is absolutely ecstatic about having the opportunity to grow with such an incredibly talented and passionate group of people. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in music and pursued a career in that field before discovering his love for code. He is also an avid backpacker and cares deeply about protecting wilderness areas and the natural world.
Need help getting your Rachio controller up and running? Visit our help desk for all things support, including our support phone number.
In The Press
PRESS RELEASE: Rachio Expands the Smart Home into the Smart Yard with Launch of Second Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller
Febuary 2, 2016
2016 predictions for IoT and smart homes
December 24, 2015 - Chris Klein, TheNextWeb
Installing These Smart Devices Can Increase Your Home’s Value
December 23, 2015 - Dan Price, Make Use Of
Hot Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers
December 17, 2015 - Video, CBS Los Angeles
The smartest smart-home products of 2015
December 17, 2015 - Video, Consumer Affairs
Five Gadgets to Get Your Grandparents This Christmas
December 14, 2015 - Seung Lee, Newsweek
Top 10 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Him
December 11, 2015 - Tucker Cummings, Heavy
Gift guide: Internet of Things products by local companies
November 29, 2015 - Tamara Chuang, The Denver Post
The Daily Startup: Rachio Collects $7.1 Million for Smart Sprinkler Controller
November 25, 2015 - Mike Billings, Wall Street Journal
9 Impressive Home Automation Gadgets Family & Friends Will Love
November 25, 2015 - Joel Lee, Make Use Of
14 Gift Ideas for the Home
November 25, 2015 - Men's Journal
Tech Review: Denver-made Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller
November 19, 2015 - Good Day Colorado, Kirk Yuhnke
The smart sprinkler controller built in Colorado – Rachio Iro
October 30, 2015 - FOX 31 Denver, Kirk Yuhnke
Rachio Iro Review
October 26, 2015 - Digital Trends, Ian Bell
The Innovative Technology That Might Save California From Its Drought
October 16, 2015 - Take Part, Taylor Orci
IoT for food and water: Here’s what the future looks like
September 30, 2015 - VentureBeat, David Evans
New Technology Offers Water Conservation Via Smart Phone
September 15, 2015 - Builder, Jennifer Goodman
The 25 hottest under-the-radar startups in America
August 27, 2015 - Maya Kosoff, Business Insider
Amazon Announces the Next Alexa Fund Recipients: Musaic and Rachio
August 27, 2015 - Amazon
Rachio Iro - The Smart Sprinkler Controller
August 1, 2015 - Juan Collao, The Mac Observer
Scape-Abilities Introduces Rachio Wi-Fi Controlled Sprinkler System
July 8, 2015 - Sarann Wood, TAPinto
Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller - Editor's Choice
June 26, 2015 - PC Magazine
Internet Connected Sprinklers Check Forecast Before Watering, Could Save You Money
June 24, 2015 - Chadwick Phillips and Rich Demuro, KTLA
3 Smart Irrigation Systems for Summer
June 16, 2015 - Rachel Cericola, Electric House
Help dad start a new hobby this Father’s Day
June 12, 2015 - John Brandon, FOX News
Connected home gears up for a makeover
May 26, 2015 - Mark Albertson, Examiner
This wifi sprinkler can cut water use 30%
May 18, 2015 - Steve Hargreaves, CNN Money
Wi-Fi Sprinkler Saves Water
May 18, 2015 - Tracy Staedter, Discovery
Plants dying, grass wilting? Connect your garden to the web
May 19, 2015 - Maurice Cacho, CTV News
Rachio Iro Smart Irrigation System - Tech Review
May 18, 2015 - Bill Hartman, Busted Wallet
Smart moves: Smart home technology
May 7, 2015 - Sarah Pfledderer, Landscape Management
10 Automation Companies Revolutionizing the Home
May 6, 2015 - Drew Hendricks, IoT Evolution
Comcast's Xfinity home platform adds Nest, August, and more.
May 5, 2015 - Stacey Higginbotham, Fortune
XFINITY HOME: BRINGING THE TECHNOLOGY YOU LOVE INTO A SINGLE EXPERIENCE
May 5, 2015 - Comcast Xfinity
Comcast to Open API for Xfinity Home Automation; Adds Nest, Arlo, Lutron, SkyBell, August, More
May 5, 2015 - Julie Jacobson, CEPro
7 Smart Home Technology Upgrades That Increase the Value of Your Home
April 30, 2015 - UpNest
Smart Sprinklers are Finally Here
April 22, 2015 - Renovate
This Week's Startups are Helping You Feel Secure
April 20, 2015 - Anna O'Hare, Collision
Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Saves You Money on Outdoor Water Usage
April 14, 2015 - Abbey Ketiinq, Digital Landing
How Startups are Redesigning Cities
April 9, 2015 - Shaun Abrahamson, CNN Money
Smart Sprinkler Systems Could Keep California Lawns Green
April 4, 2015 - Keith Wagstaff, NBC News
Green Mountain Energy Expands Water Conservation Offers to Include Smart Sprinkle
March 19, 2015 - Green Mountain Energy, CSR Wire
14 Life-Changing Home Products for 2015
March 2, 2015 - Sean Collier, Pittsburgh Magazine
Rachio Iro: Redefining “smart”
Alfred Dilluvio, Aqua Turf Irrigation Systems
$758M in funding and $11B in exits: Colorado tech just had its best year ever.
January 29, 2015 - Garrett Reim, Built in Colorado
Rachio's IRO ...
January 8, 2015 - Gordon van Zuiden, Residential Systems
039 - Chris Klein and Franz Garsombke, founders of Rachio, discuss the process of bringing a product to market.
December 21, 2014 - Trevor Crow, The Colorado Entrepreneur Show
10 gifts to make your home a 'smart home'
December 1, 2014 - Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable
Rachio app update can lower home lawn watering usage up to 30%
October 29, 2014 - Steve Sande, TUAW
Rachio Iro | App Irrigation
October 27, 2014 - John Brandon, Wired
Nest Adds an Army of New Products to Its Smart Home Ecosystem
October 24, 2014 - Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Gizmodo
Nest can now talk to Pebble and other home automation products
October 24, 2014 - Mariella Moon, Engadget
Rachio Iro Review
October 26, 2014 - Ian Bell, Digital Trends
Rachio Iro proves that smart home devices saves resources, money
September 23, 2014 - Steven Sande, TUAWRead More
Gear Lab - A Smarter Sprinkler System
September 09, 2014 - Sal Vaglica, Men's JournalRead More
Tired Of Wasting Water With That Dumb Sprinkler? Meet The Smart Sprinkler Controller
August 01, 2014 - Michael Wolf, ForbesRead More
RACHIO IRO SMART SPRINKLER CONTROLLER REVIEW (16 ZONE)
July 27, 2014 - MacTechGeniusRead More
Rachio's Smart Sprinkler Controller Brings Intelligence to the Yard
July 15, 2014 - Louis GrayRead More
Make It Rain! - Denver StartupWeekend Success Story Rachio Returns as a Sponsor
June 24, 2014 - Antoine ValotRead More
Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller: Watering by iPhone
June 24, 2014 - Steven Sande, TUAWRead More
Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company
June 22, 2014 - Steve Lohr, The New York TimesRead More
Here Are 4 Everyday Items About To Be Completely Reinvented By The Internet Of Things
June 20, 2014 - Michael Wolf, ForbesRead More
Rachio's Iro: iOS-controlled lawn sprinkler controller
June 5, 2014 - Steven Sande, TUAWRead More
Iro smart sprinkler system hits shelves in Home Depot
June 4, 2014 - Drew Prindle, Digital TrendsRead More
How to get your connected device into a big box store. Lessons from a connected sprinkler co
June 4, 2014 - Stacey Higginbotham, GIGAOMRead More
Rachio's Iro smart sprinkler controller
April 29, 2014 - Megan Wollerton, CNETRead More
Firms born in Innosphere incubator beat national average survival rate
April 04, 2014 - Mark Jaffe, The Denver PostRead More
Rachio’s Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller Iro Assures a Green Yard While Cutting Down on Unnecessary Water Usage
March 28, 2014 - Madhurima in Gadget Stories, The Gadget FlowRead More
Unfaltering passion drives Rachio toward a hard-earned finish line
February 6, 2014 - Eric Wolferman, Rocky Mountain TechLineRead More
Rachio Uses Electric Imp Connectivity to Smarten Sprinklers
Franz Garsombke, Rachio Co-founderRead More
The Connected Yard: Smart Tech Goes Outside to Play
January 24, 2014 - John Brandon, Popular MechanicsRead More
Rachio’s smart sprinklers win the GigaOM Mobilize Product Showcase
October 16, 2013 - Signe Brewster, GigaOMRead More
Smart lawn sprinklers cut down on water waste
October 10, 2013 - Signe Brewster, GigaOMRead More
Rachio turns on home sprinklers from another kind of cloud
October 8, 2013 - Debra Kahn, InnovationNewsRead More
Meet the 8 GigaOM Mobilize Product Showcase finalists
September 16, 2013 - Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOMRead More
Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) announces Innovation Challenge winner
September 16, 2013 - Chelsea McLean, Colorado Innovation NetworkRead More
Rach.io Racks Up Second Big Win, Takes $15K Prize at Apex Challenge
September 12, 2013 - Michael Davidson, XconomyRead More
Rach.io takes top prize at APEX Challenge in final day of CTA tech summit
September 12, 2013 - Steve Porter, InnovatioNewsRead More
Rach.io Takes Home Top Prize at APEX Challenge
September 12, 2013 - Elyse Kent, Built In ColoradoRead More
Video: Iro WiFi Smart Controller for Home Sprinkler Systems
August 30, 2013 - Automated HomeRead More
Rachio claims Glorious Failure $50K prize at COIN Summit in
August 30, 2013 - InnovatioNewsRead More
Wireless sprinkler-system company wins "Glorious Failure" contest
August 29, 2013 - Ed Sealover, Denver Business JournalRead More