Started in 2009, Smart Energy focuses on high-resolution weather forecasts and visualization systems for wind farms, utilities and energy traders across North America.
Founder Paul Douglas (aka Douglas Paul Kruhoeffer) is a well known local meteorologist with 28 years of broadcast television and 32 years of radio experience. Over the years, he’s applied his depth of knowledge to an array of ventures in the field using sophisticated technology. As early as 1989, Douglas founded a software venture called EarthWatch Communications to license 3-D weather graphics technology.
In 1998, Douglas founded Digital Cyclone, Inc (DCI), which personalizes the weather forecasting experience for individuals on the web and via e-mail and cell phones. The service, Mobile My-Cast, is currently available from all major wireless carriers, enabling consumers to see location-based weather alerts, hourly weather reports and custom weather graphics, including Doppler radar, lightning and severe storm tracking on cell phones. In January 2007, Douglas sold DCI to Garmin, Inc., the leader in global navigation systems.
As founder and CEO of WeatherNation, Douglas and a team of seven on-air meteorologists are producing and disseminating daily weather reports for websites, cable channels and TV broadcasters. He is also Founder of Singular Logic LLC, a separate technology and patent-holding company aiming to reinvent advertising by allowing consumers to choose the categories of ads they have to watch on their PCs, TV sets and cable systems.