Hello readers of the GridCure Blog! I thought it might be a good opportunity to introduce myself as one of GridCure’s longtime advisors. My name is Jeff Downton, and I help the team work on big data and distributed processing problems here at GridCure.

I was introduced to GridCure shortly after it was conceived. I had known Tagg previously while working at another startup where I was building big-data workflows used for compiling competitive intelligence reports.

Tagg explained his vision of helping the utility sector make better decisions. It is a space where small improvements in efficiency can translate back to big savings and, probably more importantly, can have a positive effect on a large swath of people. I related Tagg’s drive to his experience in India where he worked on a utility project in his University days that had a positive effect on the community there.

When Tagg asked if I’d lend a hand while he started up GridCure, I was more than onboard – it was an easy decision.

Since I’ve been with GridCure, we’ve prototyped several major scalable workflows each tailored to solving a particular data oriented problem and brought those learnings back into the core product. We’ve also witnessed a big shift in technology even in these few short years so keeping up and adapting has been a big effort. Thankfully, we have a great team who shares the workload, allowing us to stay abreast of the latest research and decide which parts will add the most value to the GridCure platform.

I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how GridCure grows and shapes itself around the utility data sector in this upcoming year and what contributions the team will make.