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Francis daCosta

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder, CTO, Board Member, MeshDynamics. Previously Member, Sand Hill Angels. University of California, Los Angeles grad. Stanford grad.

Founder, CTO, Board Member, MeshDynamics. Previously Member, Sand Hill Angels. University of California, Los Angeles grad. Stanford grad.

9 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Other Engineering
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Other Engineering
  • • Product

Involved In


Advanced Cybernetics Group


Advanced Cybernetics Group


Founder, CTO, Board Member MeshDynamics January 2001 - present
Member Sand Hill Angels August 2012 - August 2015
Founder, CTO, Board Member Knowmadic January 1998 - January 2001
Founder, CTO, Board Member Advanced Cybernetics Group July 1992 - December 1998
Project Lead Engineer The MITRE Corporation February 1990 - June 1992
MRTS and Principal Investigator Northrop Grumman Corporation May 1986 - February 1990
Applications Engineer Adept Technology March 1984 - May 1986
Consulting Engineer Ingersoll Rand March 1983 - March 1984
Senior Advisory Engineer Xerox January 1982 - March 1983
Automation Engineer Union Carbide June 1978 - June 1979
Design Engineer Philips June 1977 - June 1978


Stanford University Smart Product Design, Artificial Intelligence 1979 - 1981
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi Mechanical Engineering 1972 - 1977
University of California, Los Angeles Artificial Intelligence 1987 - 1989
St Columba's High School, Delhi 1966 - 1971

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Mobile Engineering
  • • Biomedical Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • Growth
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
Advisor With
  • • Business Development
  • • Business networking
  • • Business Strategy
  • • Strategic Partnerships
  • • Strategic thinking
  • • Proven Domain Expertise in potentially disruptive IOT opportunity: e.g. Networked Medical Devices.
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Robotics
  • • Smart Home
  • • Social Impact
  • • Transportation
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Fitness
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Licensing to OEM industries committed to IoT.

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Algorithms • Embedded Systems • Startups • IoT- Internet of Things • Industrial Internet of things • Emergency response wireless networks • Wireless mesh networks

Key Accomplishments

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How I like to work with people As a Cofounder


As an Advisor


Vouches Received

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Sarosh Kumana
We worked together  •  Managing Partner, Founding Investor & Advisor, The Batchery and Angel Investor, Sierra Angels, Sand Hill Angels
Deep thinker solving big problems using technology that he knows cold, and likely owns multiple patents on. Successful serial entrepreneur a ... lready. Bet on him.
Paul Hofmann
Chief Technology Officer, Space-Time Insight and CTO and Partner, Timewave Analytics, LLC.
Ira Brodsky
They're my friends  •  President, Datacomm Research. Previously Publisher and Editor-in-chief, Telescope Books. Northwestern grad.
He's an innovator and experienced entrepreneur
Michael Kleeman
Member Board of Directors, Equal Access and Board of Directors, Institute for the Future.
Years of experience and a gracious person who works very well with others.
Howard Bailey
They're my friends  •  Board Member, Corsair and Board Member, Sococo. University of Utah grad.
Francis is already a successful entrepreneur
Charlie Bedard
We worked together  •  Chief Operating Officer, Impact Engineered Wood. Previously Technology Advisor, Inventergy Global, Inc..
Francis is intelligent and creative. He thinks outside the box and is open to new ideas. When presented with a new idea he never dismisses i ... t out of hand. Rather, he challenges with insightful questions. Like many entrepreneurs he is an energetic multitasker but takes direction well when partnered with a more focused operational partner.
Szymon Gurda
They're my advisor  •  Partner, Cherskov Flaynik & Gurda, LLC. Previously Associate Patent Attorney, Cherskov & Flaynik.
Francis founded and successfully operated a wireless networking technology company. He is very active in research and development of Intern ... et of Things technologies.
Tesh Tesfaye
They're my friends  •  Interim CTO, Stealth and Advisor, FlameStower, Inc.. University of California, Santa Barbara grad.
Francis is humble individual, Engineer yet a deep thinker and more primarily an outside of the box tinkerer and doer. Francis's vision of h ... ow IoT unfolkds and how it should all fit in the current framework of the Internet is novel. His book "Rethinking the Internet Of Things" clearly illustrates that his thinking is out of the box and married concepts from the real-world in coming up with his proposed solution. The text provides his insight into the Internet and how he envisions a world of sensor filled world. Francis's products at Mesh Dynamics and the large portofolio of patentents that they have is insturmental to his pedigree and expertise in the areas of Control Systems, Algortihms and Networks. I have counciled with Francis on a couple of my own startups simply because he sees things others don't see. He asks very hard questions and also suggests to think about solutions as well
Daniel Obodovski
We worked together  •  Author, keynote speaker, The Silent Intelligence and Co-founder, advisor, BusinessEnglishPlace. Stanford grad.
Francis is extremely knowledgeable about the IOT, market trends and key technology players. In addition he has an extensive network of key p ... eople in IOT