Spark is a venture-backed start up run by an experienced team with great advisors.
Ben has been playing with fire for decades, delivering cookstoves in the developing world, and reaching millions of people. In 2011, Ben launched EcoZoom, a company that designs, manufactures, and sells biomass cookstoves and solar products, primarily in developing countries. In 2015, Inc. 1000 named EcoZoom one of the fastest growing companies in the US. Ben opened offices in Mexico in 2011 and Kenya in 2013. Today, EcoZoom cookstoves are in 30 percent of all homes in Rwanda. Ben handed off company operations in early 2016 to focus on Spark.
Steve has a passion for barbecue and food. He is highly experience with metals in high-temp settings, and spent the last 18 months at a smart cooking startup where he completing proof-of-concept, prototyping, as well as selecting and recruiting manufacturing partners. He has extensive experience in new product introduction and taking consumer products through mass production. Steve spent 2.5 years at Amazon's Lab126 where be brought the 3rd generation Kindle to market, 2.5 years at FanTV, and 6.5 years at SurfaceInk working for customers like Apple, August and Synaptics.