Former Netflix Data Lead Joins Cleantech Startup Lumin  

Brian Sullivan named head of data engineering at Charlottesville-based firm focused on harnessing rich data to enable distributed energy and impact climate change

Charlottesville, Va – November 13, 2018 – Today Lumin, a technology company focused on data-driven insights and control through its smart energy platform, announced Brian Sullivan will join the firm as head of data engineering.  Sullivan spent five years at Netflix, the world's leading video streaming service, where he was director of the Internet giant's Streaming Data Science and Engineering team.

"Attracting high-caliber talent at this stage of Lumin's growth is critical," said Alex Bazhinov, Lumin co-founder and CEO. " Better, smarter hardware is an important enabler of a low-carbon, lower-cost, DER-rich energy future. But to truly unlock that potential, you need deep data-driven insights and then translate those insights into smarter energy control. That’s what Lumin does, and that’s where Brian shines. As a leading expert on consumer use data analytics, including from his time at Netflix, he can help take Lumin’s solution to the next level."

"Leveraging rich data for good feels really good," said Sullivan. "I'm excited to build Lumin into a leading green tech firm and measure, learn, innovate, and grow a platform that puts energy consumption directly in the control of consumers. It's never been done."

Prior to Netflix, Sullivan's experience spans the analytic stack, including software engineering, data architecture, reporting/visualization, and analysis. He has also worked across a number of domains including virtual worlds, banking, retail, automobile traffic measurement, and fingerprint recognition systems.

About Lumin

Founded in 2016 and based in Charlottesville, VA, Lumin® provides a smart energy management platform for the growing energy storage market and delivers dynamic control, consumption insights and energy savings. The Lumin Smart Panel™ hardware and the smart algorithms and data assets behind it, Lumin Insights™ software, combine to intelligently automate energy consumption enabling building and homeowners to manage energy usage based on market conditions, solar production, personal preferences, battery charge state and more.  Lumin is contributing to an energy future comprised of local generation, local storage, and dynamic and complex electricity pricing. To learn more, please visit

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