Richard Whitney

Richard is a seasoned expert in consumer product development. He earned a Master's from the MIT Media Lab and a BS from Johns Hopkins while working with tech giants like Samsung, Schlumberger, and NASA. At Idealab he lead the research and development team to create several future technologies in solar, 3D printing, and spaceflight.

He then founded a consultancy to perform ultra-rapid "golden prototype" creation in the consumer electronics industry. Complex systems from networked smartbikes to bluetooth peripherals and activity tracking toys were designed and executed for high-profile clients, sometimes working as an external skunkworks for established companies.

His most recent title was Chief Product Officer at Lockitron, a wireless-enabled smart lock company. While there Richard took over responsibility for completion of the mechanical engineering design, revision of the electronics, the device-side software, and the manufacturing process. The role covered multiple factories in China and three facilities in the US with batch sizes >10,000 units on a product with dozens of components and successfully brought units to market.


Lockitron, NASA, Samsung, Idealab, Schlumberger, Google, Coca-Cola, Stanford, CB2, OK Go, Syyn Labs, Shodor, Flywheel Sports, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Univision, more.