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Colin Bester

Entrepreneur • Advisor Austin, Texas Area, US

President, Bester Designs LLC.

President, Bester Designs LLC.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Product
  • Back End Engineering
I don't yet have an idea I'm excited about
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Product
  • • Back End Engineering

Involved In

Advisor

Anodamine
Anodamine

Positions

President Bester Designs LLC January 2013 - present
Advisory Board CareFlash June 2012 - present
Strategic Advisor to President Anodamine January 2012 - present
Chief Information Officer, Retail and Commercial Systems Siemens Industry Inc, Retail and Commercial December 2010 - March 2012
Chief Technology Officer Site Controls January 2003 - December 2010
Director of Technology Sinesonics 1986 - 2002

Education

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, South Africa Electronic Engineering 1982 - 1986

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Media
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Wireless and Sensors

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Software development • Product Development • Startups • Strategy • Energy Management

Key Accomplishments

Recognized as one of the founders and architects of the fastest growing Energy Management and automated Demand Response provider in USA.

Developed the largest, remote prepayment energy management metering system in South Africa.

Designed first remote controlled single phase meter with auto disconnect tested and approved by GE.

Oversaw all aspects of the Site-Controls™ platform development, technology strategy and leadership.

Built and maintained the corporate mission-critical, above-site visibility, hosted data center.

Performed enterprise management of demand response and aggregation offerings.

Led the successful integration of the Site-Controls platform into the Siemens enterprise.

Managed R&D team consisting of 12 IT Engineers and 7 project-based System Engineers.

Orchestrated the release of new product items and system functionality to customer base.

Provided transition continuity to assist with platform integration and scalability.

Guided prototyping of new, low cost, on-site controller with extended functionality and reduced installation cost.

Conducted transitional cross-training initiatives to transfer knowledge regarding platform architecture and business model.

Maintained high levels of staff retention through the transition period, mitigating productivity gaps

Served as CTO and co-founder of Site Controls helping build a unique and proven successful business model for both Energy Management and Demand Response.

Guided corporate technology action plans, maintaining product scalability for exit strategy.

Built the core development and engineering team and implemented the Site Controls platform.

Partnered with executive leadership to establish and drive the IT roadmap.

Grew organization to 4000 connected customers and staff headcount of 80.

Created Intelligent Load Management (ILM), a solution providing high quality, aggregated and automated demand response to utilities with lowest possible consequence to end consumers.

Developed above-site solutions with historic and real-time data on a 1 TB database.

Served as an integral executive team member involved in sale of company.

Teamed closely with marketing for strategic updates and press releases.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Having built several fast moving lean development teams, building technology and business strategy and building an organization and technology to successful sale and integration into large organization I think I bring solid understanding of what it takes to build, manage and maximize outcome for the startup organization.
I have dealt with several IP patents (on both sides of the fence, applying, defending and due diligence) which is important to not only protect one's company but also to maximize value.

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