What Drives Us

VIE is helping facility and industrial operators advance their maintenance practices from standardized, reactive approaches to ones that are proactive and well-orchestrated. Deploying our end-to-end solution, a VIE-powered operation enjoys unprecedented levels of visibility and accurate guidance for upcoming machine maintenance.

The result is a new level of effectiveness and efficiency with dramatic reductions in unplanned downtime, reduced maintenance costs and enhanced asset life. The power of our patented sensors, connectivity and AI technologies are realized in an easy-to-use app, complete with collaboration tools to support improved workflows.

Our Team

Rahul Chaturvedi
Rahul ChaturvediCofounder, President, CEO, and Director

Rahul Chaturvedi is the founder and CEO of VIE Technologies Inc., a leading end-to-end Industrial Internet of Things solution provider.  He is a 25 year wireless industry veteran and a prolific innovator.

Rahul invented the MiFi, thereby launching a new multi-billion dollar global device category called ‘mobile hotspot’.  The technology is now incorporated in all smartphones.  Rahul was the first person to conceptualize and develop multi-band mobile USB devices that were previously thought to be impossible to design.  Using technology from MIT Media Labs, he recently commercialized a medication reminder product line called GlowCaps.

Rahul’s career spans well recognized companies in the wireless industry including Motorola, Qualcomm, Kyocera, and Novatel Wireless with increasing levels of responsibility.  Prior to consumer wireless business, Rahul was involved in NASA contract work where he participated in the design of environmental controls of the Space Station Freedom.

Rahul has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Birla Institute of Technology, India, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University.

He presently resides in San Diego with his wife and two daughters.  Rahul is a passionate innovation mentor for high school students.

Rudy Kraus
Rudy KrausCofounder and Chief Commercial Officer

Rudy Kraus has accrued over three decades of experience founding, leading and directing successful technology firms focused on Data Center power, cooling and processing verticals. A serial entrepreneur, Rudy counts multiple innovative companies among his success stories, including Validus DC Systems, Quality Uptime Systems, Harmonics Limited, Horizon Line Technologies and others. He has partnered extensively with US based Fortune 500 firms leading venture capital, technology design and team building practices.

Rudy has participated in over $200MM in data center design and construction projects, holds several technology data center patents, including, electrical, mechanical and software cloud processing applications.

He is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport, retired from the United States Marine Corps where he served as a pilot and logistician. Rudy maintains electrical contracting licenses, multiple commercial pilot licenses and presently holds a number of board positions.

Avinash Jain
Avinash JainCofounder and Chief Technology Officer

Avinash has been at the forefront of wireless innovation playing key technical roles in the development of 1x EV-DV, HSPA, LTE, IEEE 802.11-AD and RPMA communication protocols. He has over 15 years of R&D experience in communications and systems engineering at Qualcomm and Ingenu. With more than 50 patents and 3 journal publications, most notably on quantum networks, Avinash is one of the most prolific inventors in the industry.

Avinash has a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, and Master of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. After receiving C.Phil from the University of California, San Diego, Avinash joined Ingenu, where he led efforts to make RPMA a global Low Power Wide Area technology and created several successful IoT applications utilizing narrow band communications. With passion for technology and problem solving, Avinash is always conceptualizing and finding unconventional ways to address complex and stubborn engineering challenges.


Robert Poor
Robert PoorChairman

Robert Poor has been called “the Godfather of the Internet of Things”.  As a graduate student at MIT, he developed innovative algorithms for wireless mesh networking in microcontrollers.  Soon after receiving his Ph.D. 2001, he co-founded Ember Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company that produced the first embedded wireless chips conforming to the Zigbee standard.

He was an active participant in the IEEE and chaired the 802.15.4B standards body.  Following Ember’s purchase by Silicon Labs, he developed and commercialized techniques and algorithms for extracting and analyzing sensor data in order to improve the energy efficiency of commercial, industrial and residential buildings. 

Robert is the chairman and founder of the Cool Energy World Forum, a community of technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers who are fomenting the world’s transformation to “cool” (non-thermal) energy.  The Forum is where professionals share knowledge, ask questions, and not only predict the future of Cool Energy, but help create it.

Most recently, he has been working with multiple companies to help them develop, improve and expand their offerings in the wireless sensor market.

John Larson
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As a correspondent for NBC and PBS, John Larson’s work has been among the most awarded in the broadcast news industry. In 2014, he won the National Emmy for Investigative Reporting for his investigation of immigrant deaths. His investigations of the US Border Patrol resulted in two federal grand jury investigations, a call for action from the United Nations, and a change in US Border Patrol policy. He was recently nominated for “Best Writer” for “Flying Coach” – his series about the lives of people he sits next to on airplanes.


Of John Larson’s PBS series on “Main Street America” Bill Moyer’s said, “Such focused journalism puts the networks to shame.” 


John has won multiple Peabody’s, and four DuPont Columbia Awards, arguably broadcasting’s Pulitzer Prize – for investigations of the insurance industry, racial profiling, coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Mexican drug cartels in California.


As West Coast Correspondent for Dateline NBC beginning in 1994, John excelled in investigative, breaking and feature reporting for NBC News. “Paper Chase,” his investigation of the insurance industry remains one of the most honored broadcasts in broadcast journalism history.


John is also a much sought after speaker, teacher and motivator. In 2009, he began working as a special correspondent for PBS, and consulting for media companies. He co-authored “Television Field Production and Reporting” – one of the most widely distributed broadcast journalism textbooks in the country.


Alex C. Eng
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Alex C. Eng
Chair, 2017-2018


Alex C. Eng, CMA, CFM, CPA is Chair of IMA’s Global Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. He also serves as Chair of IMA’s Governance Committee.

Alex is vice president, US Corporate Finance at EDF Renewable Energy, the North American renewable headquarters for EDF, a public Fortune Global 100 Company and the world’s largest power utility.

His career history includes controller roles at a global telecom services provider and as tax manager and auditor at a national firm. In his legal practice, Alex has advised on mergers and acquisitions, as well as syndicated lending and structuring of asset-based transactions.

A member of IMA since 2003, Alex served two terms on IMA’s Global Board of Directors as well as the Board’s Performance Oversight and Audit Committee, and as chair of its Audit Subcommittee. He is a CMA, CFM, and a CPA. He is an attorney of the State Bar of California, with a JD from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, MBA from Suffolk University and a BA from the University of Calgary in Canada. He currently resides in San Diego.


Willaim Beck
Willaim BeckSr. Advisor

Bill Beck is currently the Executive VP of Strategy at Chirisa Investments and advises several Private Equity, data center, energy and technology organizations. 

Prior to Chirisa, Bill was a Global Managing Director for Credit Suisse.  He was previously the subject matter expert and advisor to the internal Investment Bank at Credit Suisse on data center, technology, energy and environmental, and innovative products and services.  He joined Credit Suisse in June 2003 from Globix Corporation, where he was Global Head of Real Estate, Construction, Facilities Engineering and Data Center Operations.

Bill also worked at Railworks/L.K. Comstock Corporation, formally part of Schneider Corporation’s Spie Batignolles Construction and Operations Division where he led the design and construction of various commercial power plant, industrial and data center related projects.

He is a global leader across multi-disciplinary areas and a subject matter expert spanning the development, design, construction and operational management of critical and non-critical infrastructure assets, operations management and technology.  Bill has won several awards for global innovation leadership in exploring, developing and deploying new technologies while leveraging sustainable projects to offset operational costs and minimizing operational risk.


Jan Egil Braendeland
Jan Egil BraendelandSr. Advisor

Jan Egil Braendeland provides corporate strategy, executive advisory, business development and technical consulting services, including digital consulting, in the Hydrocarbons and Energy industry to the financial sector (PE/investors/lenders), producers, contractors/consulting firms and equipment vendors.

He was Executive Vice President Global Sales for KBR’s Energy Solutions business until December 2020.  Previously he was the President of KBR’s E&C Europe, Eurasia and Africa (EEA) business unit responsible for approximately 3,000 employees and a yearly revenue of USD 500 Million.  Prior to the role as President of EEA, Jan Egil Braendeland was the President of EMEA and President of Oil & Gas, this was a Global Business Unit, which included Granherne, GVA Consultants, and Energo subsidiaries.

He also acted as Executive Sponsor on large EP/EPC projects such as BP’s Shah Deniz Phase 2 Project, BP’s Azeri Central East, BP’s Tortue Phase 1 and Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup ULQ EPC Project and board member of joint ventures in Norway, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.

Jan Egil Braendeland was one of the founders of SOCAR-KBR LLC which, since its establishment in 2015, has grown to 350 Employees with a yearly turnover of USD 100 Million.  He served on the board of directors of SOCAR-KBR LLC from March 2015 until August 2020.

Mr. Braendeland was employed by KBR from 1993 until July 2011, where he held various leadership positions, the last being Senior Vice President of business development for the oil and gas business unit.  He re-joined KBR in July 2013 after a brief period with FosterWheeler, where he served as Senior Vice President, global business development, upstream.  He was Chairman of: KBR(I) Limited, KBR Norway AS, KBR Plinke (Germany), KBR Ecoplanning (Finland) and GVA Consultants AB (Sweden).

Mr. Braendeland has a broad international experience from working around the world in locations that include Norway, Azerbaijan, Singapore, Brazil, Angola, South Africa, Algeria, UK and the U.S.

He holds a Master of Science in marine engineering and naval architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and a postgraduate diploma in business and administration from the University of Surrey in England.