A Space-Age Tire
The SMART Tire Company is working with NASA to create a space-age tire for use on Earth.
Developed after more than twelve years of research and ten million dollars in government funding, this tire is 100% airless, and made from a shape memory alloy, a super-elastic material that can pop back into shape after intense strain.
SMART Tire recently introduced METL, a tire designed for bicycles. The company is targeting this sector with plans to release tires for cars, trucks, and various aerospace vehicles down the road.
Earl has spent more than 15 years designing technology solutions.
He began his career with Honda. He then co-founded Particle 5 Interactive, a tech company focused on mobile advertising. From there, he co-founded Smush Mobile Technologies, a marketing company that partnered with T-Mobile.
More recently, Earl was a consultant with GOOD Worldwide, a “socially conscious online media company,” where he worked with clients including Google, Apple, and Starbucks.
He’s also the co-founder of Fanstreme Sports, which develops apps for sports and entertainment properties.
In addition to his role with SMART, Earl is a consultant with Stanford Seed, a university-based initiative working to end global poverty.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Southern California. He also studied at Harvard Business School and MIT.
Jim joined SMART Tire after spending 44 years with Goodyear Tire Company.
Jim is a lead innovator for the award-winning spring tire, and a co-inventor of SMART’s “superelastic” tire.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Brian has an extensive background as a software engineer, including experience with startups.
He began his career as a software engineer with Curriculum Facilitators, an education company. He was then Chief Technology Officer of QLD Learning.
From there, he was Director of Technology for two entertainment companies: Worldwide Biggies and FunGo Play. He then started his own entertainment business, Sifaka Productions.
More recently, Brian was a senior software engineer with Showroom, a software company focused on interior design. After that, he co-founded Fanstreme, the app development company started with his current co-founder, Earl.
In addition to his role with SMART, Brian is a software engineer with IDEX, a blockchain-related startup. He earned degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from Dartmouth College and Carleton College.