VC-backed Ayla Networks names Maeso as VP of sales

Ayla Networks, which is backed by Voyager Capital and Crosslink Capital, said Monday that it has hired Michel Maeso as vice president of worldwide sales. In his new role, Maeso will handle all components of Ayla Networks’ global sales operations. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Ayla Networks is a provider of a platform that turns everyday products into intelligent devices that can gather data and perform tasks remotely.


SUNNYVALE, CA–(Marketwired – Sep 23, 2013) – Ayla Networks, a technology pioneer that created the first complete end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has appointed Michel Maeso as Vice President of Worldwide Sales to support and drive the company’s rapidly growing customer base and new business opportunities.

Maeso will be responsible for all aspects of Ayla Networks’ global sales, field operations, revenue generation, customer engagement and go to market strategy. As a part of his role, Maeso will also be driving the company’s channel strategy globally.
Maeso joins the Ayla team with over 20 years of experience in sales at cutting-edge technology companies, and has witnessed the early rise and development of cloud, mobile, wireless and enterprise software technologies. In the past ten years, Maeso has generated significant shareholder value for companies such as July Systems, Cotendo (acquired by Akamai: AKAM), VitalStream (acquired by Internap: INAP), to name a few. His proven leadership will be instrumental in introducing the company’s solutions to the market and defining the Ayla user experience. Maeso will report directly to Ayla CEO, David Friedman.
“Michel brings proven success selling cloud SaaS solutions into new markets. His extensive experience makes him the perfect candidate for Ayla, with his thorough understanding of our customers’ needs and his knowledge in building go-to-market strategies that deliver results,” said David Friedman, CEO. “Michel is the ideal person to promote Ayla’s IoT platform solution and expand our business geographically and strategically into rapidly growing market sectors.”
Ayla Networks officially launched earlier this year with $5.4 million Series A funding, unveiling the Ayla Platform™ which allows manufacturers to create a new generation of connected devices. Ayla has forged an IoT ecosystem that includes leading chip manufacturers such as Broadcom Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Universal Scientific Industrial Co (USI). The company is also collaborating with SINA Corporation, one of China’s biggest Internet portals, to bring connected devices to millions of users in China. The first device that came out of the collaboration is the SINA Wi-Fi Weather Station.
“It’s very exciting to join such an accomplished team of professionals here at Ayla, with an amazing track record of building IoT technologies and solutions, from Amazon’s Lab 126, Stanford University, Cisco Cloud, ZeroG Wireless, and now Ayla,” said Maeso. “As a startup, this platform is already outperforming the competition and bringing incredible capabilities to manufacturers around the world. We are addressing and bringing together very compelling growth trends — Internet of Things, cloud connectivity, big data, and mobile. I’m looking forward to Ayla ushering in a new era of smart devices, smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities.”
About Ayla Networks
Ayla was founded to address the massive changes that are needed to connect “things” to the Internet. The company has developed an end-to-end platform that allows manufacturers and service providers to turn home controls, HVAC, appliances, lighting and other everyday products into intelligent devices that can collect information, be managed remotely, or perform tasks automatically on behalf of consumers and businesses. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., the company has partnered with major electronics manufacturers, leading venture capital firms and investors who share this vision. For more information, contact Ayla Networks at