MAY 4-5, 2018


Imagination AI


Founder/President, WaterBit

Manu Pillai is founder of WaterBit, Inc., focused on sensing and control systems for commercial agriculture. WaterBit has an emerging portfolio of connectivity products, connected sensors and application software focused on automated irrigation systems. Over the 25 years prior to WaterBit, Manu worked in consumer, industrial and telco grade electronic systems and software from design to deployment. Manu has led or been a key team member in the definition, development and manufacturing of over 100 products to the global market. On the business side, he has also helped promote large scale software and neural networks applied to learning systems. Manu has also started 3 other companies, and been involved in the startup, reboot and growth of other firms. Technical domains include EDA software to fabless semiconductors to engineering services across silicon, systems and software. Product experience includes automotive and military image capture systems, low latency- high capacity storage systems, GSM networks and additional systems. Roles have included executive leadership to product ownership to business development, in the US, East Asia, South Asia and the EU. Manu has a BE(EE) from University College, Dublin, Ireland and an MBA from Santa Clara University, California. He is also father, husband, and head weed-puller of the backyard. He is a member of the IEEE, a strong believer in California, the positive impact of immigration, reduced regulatory burdens, and the importance of voting.