At Samsara, we believe that by making it easy to deploy sensors and analyze their data, customers of all types will be able to use them by the thousands, and in places they've never been used before.
Breakthroughs in semiconductors are making sensors smaller and radically cheaper, and wireless Internet connectivity is becoming ubiquitous. Yet traditional enterprise-scale sensor systems still require complex infrastructure, from hard-wired networks to servers, middleware, and custom code. As a result, sensor projects can take months — if not years — to bring online.
Samsara disrupts the traditional sensor model with an integrated, software-centric solution. Our products combine plug-and-play sensors, wireless connectivity, and rich cloud-hosted software, all tightly-integrated for simple deployment.
Samsara was founded in early 2015 by Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket. Sanjit and John previously co-founded Meraki, the cloud networking leader. Meraki was acquired by Cisco for $1.2 billion in 2012, and under Sanjit and John's continued leadership became one of Cisco’s fastest growing businesses. Samsara’s team includes veteran executives and technical leaders from companies including Google, Apple, and Meraki, who bring experience in big data, cloud software, and hardware design.
In Sanskrit, "Samsara" is the eternal cycle of life and rebirth.
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VP Hardware Engineering & Operations
Ben brings over 15 years of experience to Samsara, where he is responsible for hardware design and operations. Before Samsara, Ben was VP of Hardware Engineering and Operations at Meraki, where he led the development of over 40 unique hardware products. Working with the industry's top semiconductor companies, Ben created a nimble development and supply chain operation that enabled Meraki to rapidly bring new products to market and scale to ship hundreds of thousands of units globally. Prior to Meraki, Ben was a key member of Apple's hardware team, where he managed notebook launches and iPod supply chains. Ben has also developed PVD and CVD semiconductor equipment at Applied Materials.
Ben has an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Stanford.