Meet the Team


Ekotrope Inc. is a Cambridge, MA-based company that offers unique software solutions for designing energy-efficient buildings to maximize owners’ investments as well as ensuring energy code compliance in today’s changing construction environment.

Founded in 2011, the inspiration for Ekotrope’s optimization engine grew out of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor Edward F. Crawley’s quest for a way to find the most energy efficient design for a home he was building in 2009. Crawley found there was no way for his architect to easily analyze component tradeoffs to find the best energy and investment combination. The enterprising rocket scientist drew on NASA technology and assembled a select group of industry experts to come up with the Ekotrope solution.

Ziv Rozenblum
Founder and CEO
Cy Kilbourn
Founder and Director of Engineering
Nick Sisler
Nick Sisler
Founder and Lead Engineer

Benjamin DeLillo
Benjamin DeLillo
Founder and Staff Software Engineer
Rob Salcido
Rob Salcido
Customer Success Manager
Brian Cope
Brian Cope
Business Development

Steven 'Ted' Theodore
Steven ‘Ted’ Theodore
Accounting and Finance
Mark Arbonies
Graduate Intern


Board of Directors:

Prof Edward F Crawley, Founder and Chairman, MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, serial entrepreneur (ACX, Bioscale, Carrot, DataXu), board member Orbital Science Corp.

Ziv Rozenblum, Founder and CEO, MIT Sloan graduate, industry executive (HP, ARCHIBUS) with over 14 years of experience in R&D and business capacities. Experience includes defining, building and heading a multimillion solution for managing buildings and energy systems.

Kenneth Lazarus MIT Ph.D, Board Member, Former CEO of ACX and Lilliputian Systems, GM of Cymer, Inc., founding board member of DataXu, and currently the CEO of Scout.

Tibor Toth, Board Member, investor and entrepreneur with over 17 years of private equity and venture capital experience, most recently with Babson Capital Management and Ascent Venture Partners, and over 4 years as an investor and entrepreneur in the clean energy sector, currently as the Managing Director of Investments for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Dr. Alexander Turkot, Board Member, current Founder and Managing Partner of Maxfield Capital Partners.  Alexander has over 25 years of combined global experience in venture investments and management in IT and Telecom. Prior to Maxfield Capital Alexander served a head of Skolkovo IT Cluster, CEO of MySpace CIS, Project Leader in various IBM  structures for Fortune TOP-500 corporations.  Alexander is a recognized industry leader and a member of a number of industry groups, member of Microsoft Seed Fund selection committee, member of the board of directors of several tech companies in USA, Israel and Eastern Europe.  Alexander holds an MSc in Computer & Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Economics.

Board Observer:

Nitzan Shaer, Board Observer, is Managing Partner and Co-founder of High Start Group, a firm focused on helping companies create and launch breakthrough products.  Before High Start Group, Nitzan founded the Mobile Product Group at Skype. Previously, Nitzan successfully managed the development of three global products in the Mobile and Embedded Division at Microsoft. Nitzan also led venture investments as Entrepreneur in Residence at Flybridge Capital Partners and was Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Mobivox.

Advisory Board:

Mike Browne holds a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Brown University.  He is the founder of Advanced Building Analysis.  Mike is a RESNET certified Energy Rater and Provider.  Mike is also President and board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc., a RESNET accredited HERS Provider that specifically caters to Independent HERS Raters working in Massachusetts.

Jay Fiske, Vice President of Business Development for Powerhouse Dynamics, developers of SiteSage, an energy and asset management platform for companies managing large numbers of small commercial properties. Before joining Powerhouse Dynamics, Jay held various leadership positions at Wakonda Technologies and Teradyne and was also a Partner at the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund, a venture capital firm.  Jay holds an MBA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale.

Daniel Stevenson is the founder of Traction Consulting, a consultancy focused on helping SaaS and IoT companies leverage partnerships.  Before starting Traction Consulting, Daniel was the Vice President of Business Development at Backupify and previously held executive positions at Iron Mountain, LiveVault, eRoom and several other successful Boston-area software companies.  Daniel holds a BSBA from Boston University and an MBA from Northeastern University.