Pioneer Square company Jydo has developed universal control system for meeting rooms.
The boss: Kody Kochaver, chief executive and co-founder
What it does: Developed a simplified system for coordinating the use of meeting-room displays, videoconferencing gear, lighting and audio. Meetings can be arranged from an iPad and synchronize with participants’ devices when they enter the room.
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Special sauce: To compete with expensive, custom meeting-room control solutions, Jydo is developing a simplified, universal control system. Part of the challenge is making it work with electronics from different manufacturers, some of which don’t share programming interfaces. Jydo provides a server that can run on a Mac mini or a virtual machine.
“We write a Rosetta stone that works with devices,” said Ben Hackett, co-founder and chief operating officer.
Customers: Buildings such as Russell Investments Center; enterprises and universities. Jydo now works directly with customers; it hopes to eventually sell its product through professional installers.
Sales: Now $30,000 per month; aiming for $1 million in 2016
The team: Four, plus two developers who contribute when they’re not working at their day jobs.
Location: Pioneer Square, a few steps from the J&M Cafe’s happy hour.