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Startup Grind

July 27 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Dr. William (Bill) Burke is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Peaker. He is an experienced mechanical engineer with some serious coding skills who loves finding solutions to big problems. He created Virtual Peaker to help utilities accelerate grid modernization – something that will impact all of us.  Join us at TEN20 Craft Brewery to learn more about Bill’s story and vision for Virtual Peaker.

Meet Bill

Dr. William (Bill) Burke is the Founder and CEO of Virtual Peaker. He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Controls and Artificial Intelligence and over 15 years of experience with high-performance residential energy management and connected appliances. He was previously at GE Appliance in the Connected Home Software Group where he built high-performance energy management applications and helped develop the API that GE uses to communicate with their connected devices. While at Berkeley, Bill wrote the software for the first programmable communicating thermostat under contract by the California Energy Commission.

Bill founded Virtual Peaker in 2015, and their first utility contract was with Glasgow (KY) Electric Plant Board. He wrote the first version of the Virtual Peaker Platform, and today he is responsible for the product vision, technology architecture, and intellectual property.

Bill grew up in Louisville and returned with his family in 2010 after a long stint in the San Francisco Bay Area. He loves Louisville and is working to make it a better and more attractive city for high-tech startups.