Meet the Team
Platformatics is a Bloomington, Indiana based tech company founded by several experienced Silicon Valley innovators. Our mission is to transform commercial lighting through innovative hardware and software applications that improve productivity and comfort, beautify environments, and conserve energy for building owners, operators, and tenants.
Matt Laherty, President
Matt Laherty is a visionary leader, innovator and entrepreneur with 20 years of Silicon Valley product and market development experience. During 15 years at Cisco Systems, Laherty created numerous new products, features and strategies that helped the company pursue opportunities in several multi-billion dollar markets. He conceived Cisco EnergyWise and Light as a Service (LaaS); Laherty worked with over 100 technology business partners to bring both solutions to market. He has five issued patents in energy, Power over Ethernet and lighting.
Outside of Cisco, Laherty co-founded the Energy Information Standards Alliance to drive a rational approach for building owners to manage energy more effectively. A large portion of Laherty’s work in EnergyWise and the EIS Alliance was used as the basis for the US national smart grid/smart load standards. He serves as business advisor to several companies including a service provider and a global supplier of alternate energy products with a focus on Hydrogen generation and storage.
Laherty has a BA from Indiana University and an MBA from the California State University, San Jose. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his family, where he enjoys hiking, sailing, disc-golf and wood working.
Mike Siefer, Chief Technology Officer
Mike Siefer has a passion for driving customer success through the application of technology to solve real world business needs. With 25 years experience in communications and networking, including 20 years with Cisco Systems, Siefer provides broad knowledge and strong leadership as the CTO of Platformatics. Throughout his career in product development, field engineering, and corporate engineering, he has been instrumental in combining numerous technologies to provide innovative, high value solutions.
Siefer has been a pioneer in developing robust communications and embedded controls for harsh industrial environments. This experience has carried forward into energy management and building automation with solutions such as Cisco’s EnergyWise and Light as a Service based on Power over Ethernet technology. Siefer has also contributed to the communications community through contributions into multiple industry standards organizations.
Siefer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University and is a member of IEEE since pursuing a career in electrical engineering. He resides in Bremen, Indiana and enjoys traveling and exploring the country off road with his family
Joan Niemi Evers, Chief Financial Officer
Joan Niemi Evers joined the team with 17 years of financial experience. Her skills in financial management, strategic planning and operations will provide Platformatics with a sound foundation in its high growth phase.
Evers spent 13 years at Cisco Systems and held a variety of roles in Corporate Finance and in Engineering finance organizations. She has also worked at Blue Coat Systems, Genentech, Clorox and Compaq Computers. Evers has a strong track record in team building, analytics, process definition and improvement. She is known for delivering results and being an outstanding business partner.
Evers holds an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. She lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with her husband and children. When not playing her role as finance leader she trains for long distance triathlons, builds a wine collection and travels the world with her family.