LOS ALTOS, Calif. – Afero, the turnkey IoT platform that brings secure and reliable connectivity to any product, announces the appointment of Michael Maia as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Maia will oversee the scaling of the platform in domestic and international markets. His appointment comes when the Internet of Things is growing rapidly, with Machina Research projecting that IoT will drive $3 trillion in revenue by 2025.
“I’m very excited to be joining Afero, the emerging leader in the IoT space. The team is deep in experience and the platform redefines ease of development for connected devices,” said Maia. “I am thrilled about this opportunity to help enterprises and developers in a range of verticals bring secure, simple, connected devices to market.”
An accomplished technology sales and marketing executive and entrepreneur, Maia brings more than two decades of Silicon Valley experience in semiconductor and sensor platform technologies, resulting in three public offerings and several acquisitions. Maia was Vice President Worldwide Sales at Synaptics, a human interface solutions developer for smartphones, tablets, and notebook platforms. Prior to this, he held various senior-level positions at Validity Sensors, Invensense, PortalPlayer – the leading SOC supplier for the iPod, National Semiconductor, and Cirrus Logic.
“Michael is the ideal leader to build partnerships and grow our brand,” said Joe Britt, CEO and co-founder of Afero. “Afero provides a secure platform that works across multiple devices and unifies a disjointed ecosystem for more rapid IoT adoption; and with Michael joining our team, his experience in developing relationships and creating innovative business models will accelerate our growth.”
Created by mobile and hardware veterans from Google, Apple, Nest, Danger, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix, Afero offers secure and reliable connectivity for cloud-connected devices in any industry. Afero was designed to speed up and simplify product development, with technology that abstracts security and connectivity from product development. Afero allows device makers to focus on the functionality of their smart products and applications without the need to worry about challenges inherent to the IoT industry. Afero is working with OEMs in a range of verticals to bring secure, easy-to-use, connected devices to market. Afero has taken a systems design approach, touching on all parts of the connected ecosystem (edge device + hub + cloud + developer tools) to quickly bolt connectivity onto Greenfield (clean-sheet) and Brownfield (legacy) product designs.